iron Man… and wife!
Louisa Hanley, 40, from Glasgow, was out shopping with her mates when something very surprising happened
It would be something to tell my boyfriend when I got home
Pushing my buggy through the busy crowds on Buchanan Street in Glasgow’s city centre, my girlfriends and I were treating ourselves to some well-deserved retail therapy.
It was June 2018 and, along with my daughter Meghan, 8 months, and my two friends Maggie, 39, and Suzi, 38, I was enjoying the summer sunshine.
We’d normally meet up at the weekends in Glasgow’s trendy West End, but Maggie and Suzi insisted on going into the city centre instead...
As we walked past the Apple Store, Maggie grabbed my attention.
‘Look Louisa, there’s Iron Man!’ she said excitedly.
She pointed to a street performer, dressed up as the Marvel superhero, played in the films by Robert Downey Jr.
Street performers usually lined Buchanan Street, so I didn’t take much notice.
‘He’s really good, you should give him a few quid!’ Maggie goaded me on. ‘Oh, I’m not so sure,’ I said. But they kept nudging me. ‘Go on, Louisa, you might as well!’ Maggie persisted. ‘OK, OK, I’ll give him £2…’ I said with a laugh.
My boyfriend Daniel and I were big fans of Marvel and loved going on dates to see the franchise’s latest releases.
Only recently, I’d taken Meghan to a kids’ screening of Marvel’s latest film Avengers: Infinity War.
It ’d be something to tell Daniel about when I got home, I supposed...
But, as I approached the performer, I could feel everyone’s eyes were on me. What’s going on? I thought. Then, as I leant over to drop my change, Iron Man dropped to one knee. He took off his mask and then said… ‘Louisa, will you marry me?’
All I could feel was a wave of fear and my instincts told me to run away! As I stepped back, about to do a runner, I was so confused. What was happening? Why did this random person just ask me to marry them? And how did he know my name?! But, gathering my wits and looking closer, I realised the street performer was none other than…my boyfriend Daniel!
There he was, down on one knee, with a beautiful, sparkling diamond engagement ring, in front of everyone in the street to see!
Overwhelmed, I couldn’t believe Daniel, 37, would propose this way.
We’d been together for nearly eight years, and he was romantic and fun. But this was wild even for him!
‘Oh my God, Daniel!’ I said, in between laughter and catching my breath. ‘Yes, of course I’ll marry you!’
Daniel gave me a massive hug and we kissed.
It was an unforgettable moment and it took a second for everything to sink in.
As much as I was stunned, I was also really happy.
‘You’re so clever, dressing up as Iron Man!’ I beamed.
I can’t wait for our wedding. We haven’t set a date just yet, but we’re aiming for 2020.
We’d love to go abroad to tie the knot, especially when our Meghan’s a little bit older.
Looking back, I can’t quite believe Daniel popped the question dressed up as my very own superhero.
I’d choose him over Robert Downey Jr any day of the week!
Me and my superhero
What was going on?!