Romantic surprise at The Hive

Express & Star Feb, 2016: A groom-to-be proposed to his bride in a very creative way when he popped the question in a Codsall pottery café.

Theology  student Becki Brown thought boyfriend Mark Bunger, from Walsall, would not propose this year having expected him to do by the end of the year.

Mark and Becky at the Hive Arts Cafe

So she was not prepared for the unexpected way the teacher finally asked her, on December 31- writing ‘Will you marry me?’ on a ceramic bowl he made at the The Codsall Hive arts and crafts centre.

Whilst Becki was painting a ceramic elephant, Mark disappeared into a back room with a special fine liner pen to write the question in his bowl.

He returned to his girlfriend with the ring inside and got down on one knee.

Mark said: “I was a bit nervous on the day, nothing compared to asking her dad for his blessing though, and although I was quite sure she’d say yes, I was worried she wouldn’t like the surprise or that I’d mess up the bowl.”

Becki had initially had her heart set on a beach proposal, and knew that Mark had bought the ring.

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Mark’s artistic proposal

Mark said: “I was worried she’d be a bit upset we hadn’t done it on the beach, but it was such great fun making the bowl that it took my mind of the nerves.

“I only booked the Hive session about a week before the proposal date and it was a bit of a last minute affair, but I thought the idea was brilliant because we could do it in any weather, it was unique and we walk away at the end of the day with an awesome keepsake to display in our home.”

Lavinia Thompson, owner of the Hive, which is the only arts, crafts and pottery cafe in the city, said “They were quite a quiet couple.

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The happy couple

“Next thing I heard was a squeal and when I entered the room, the lady said, ‘He’s proposed!’.

The proposal is the first of its type to ever take place at the Hive, and the owner thinks it may inspire others, particularly in the lead up to Valentine’s day.