Marriage proposal in perfect harmony
Barbershop quartet hired to help pop the question
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