Take note — this is the way to pro­pose

An ex-JFS stu­dent used the film loved by his girl­friend to help him “pop the ques­tion”

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

IT TOOK Daniel Price a year to pro­pose to his girl­friend Han­nah Beth Les­lie.

Not that he re­quired that long to sum­mon up the nerve. He needed the time to set up an elab­o­rate pro­posal based on the Jewish cou­ple’s favourite ro­man­tic movie, The Note­book.

The film, set in Charleston, in the United States, tells the story of a pair of lovers sep­a­rated by their par­ents, but re­united years later when Al­lie dis­cov­ers Noah has re­stored a house for her, and wrote love let­ters ev­ery day for the first year they were apart.

Ms Les­lie has seen the film over 20 times, and it took on a par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance for the cou­ple af­ter Mr Price, 28, or­gan­ised a pri­vate screen­ing as a Valen­tine’s Day date.

So last month, while on a hol­i­day in New York with Ms Les­lie’s fam­ily, Mr Price sur­prised his girl­friend by wak­ing her up at 5am to catch a flight for Charleston.

A driver was wait­ing for them at the air­port to take them to the fa­mous house, where Mr Price had or­gan­ised mu­si­cians to play the sound­track from the film, as well as a pho­tog­ra­pher and a videog­ra­pher to record the event.

“I pre­tended that I had ar­ranged a tour of the house and that they were mak­ing a video for the lo­cal tourist board,” said the for­mer JFS pupil from Mill Hill, north Lon­don.

He led Ms Les­lie, 24, to the nearby lake so they could re-en­act their favourite mo­ment from the film, when it is re­vealed that Noah wrote Al­lie 365 let­ters. In keep­ing with the story, Mr Price had also writ­ten a love let­ter ev­ery day for the past year.

Mr Price re­called: “I said to Han­nah Beth: ‘This is all for you. I wanted to bring you here for five years, to our favourite house. I need to ask you one ques­tion’. And she said yes.”

The film was hugely pop­u­lar when it came out in 2004 and the owner of the house in Charleston is in­un­dated with re­quests f r o m c o upl e s who want to pro­pose there. Mr Price was the first per­son to be granted per­mis­sion.

“I went through a lot of hur­dles. The prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany gets calls all the time but they never al­lowed any­one to do it,” he said.

Af­ter ini­tially hav­ing his re­quest re­fused, Mr Price, who runs a gift com­pany, man­aged to track down the owner, con­tacted him di­rectly and “pleaded his case”.

Ms Les­lie, an in­te­rior de­sign stu­dent who lives in Radlett, Hert­ford­shire, said she was “over­come” by the pro­posal.

“I couldn’t be­lieve the ef­fort Daniel had put in. I thought the let­ters were just a prop. It was the most amaz­ing thing. More than I could ask for.”

She added: “Ev­ery­one’s been say­ing, ‘you’re so lucky, does Daniel have a brother?’” Daniel Price sent a spe­cial mes­sage to girl­friend Han­nah Beth Les­lie via a cinema sign­board. the poster for the film that in­spired his pro­posal



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