Mar­riage pro­posal in per­fect har­mony

Bar­ber­shop quar­tet hired to help pop the ques­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

AN UXBRIDGE man sur­prised his girl­friend by pop­ping the ques­tion with a bar­ber­shop quar­tet.

Luke Dabbs, 29, pre­pared the ro­man­tic sur­prise for his part­ner of six years, Laura Bris­tow’s 32nd birth­day, with help from the West Eal­ing bar­ber­shop quar­tet.

The cou­ple en­joyed a day out in Lon­don be­fore head­ing home to Mon­tague Road, Uxbridge.

Mr Dabbs said: “I pro­posed to her on the doorstep. She said ‘What do we do now?’ and I said ‘Now we go in­side’.

“I opened the door and we had the bar­ber­shop start­ing as soon as the door opened, and we had Dis­ney up on the TV, I made a lit­tle DVD of it. All our friends were there with Prosecco.

“It was amaz­ing. All the band were amaz­ing.”

Mr Dabbs, a video editor, chose 1929 song ‘Ain’t Mis­be­hav­ing’, writ­ten by Fats Waller, as the cou­ple en­joy mu­sic from that era and the swing genre and it be­came “their song”.

He said: “I wanted to do some­thing a lit­tle bit out of the or­di­nary to pro­pose and I thought this would be a re­ally nice way.

“We’re both into swing mu­sic and big band mu­sic and I’ve got a bit of a history with it. I used to be a gui­tarist in my school’s big band and I’ve done some singing with the bar­ber­shop be­fore.”

Miss Bris­tow, a cus­tomer ser­vice man­ager at Lon­don Zoo, said: “I asked him if he was jok­ing a cou­ple of times. I went into a bit of shock, so Luke said ‘Is that a yes?’, and I said ‘yes of course’.

“The bar­ber­shop quar­tet were there and all of our friends and fam­ily. When the lights came on and ev­ery­one was there, it was just amaz­ing. I’m so grate­ful for what he did.”

The cou­ple, who met through an In­ter­net dat­ing web­site, hope to tie the knot at the end of next sum­mer with a 1920s themed wed­ding.

n IN THE SWING: Luke Dabbs and Laura Bris­tow with the West Eal­ing bar­ber­shop quar­tet

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