'Will you be my Mario to my Luigi' Romford couple get engaged at first Pride event
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:03 02 August 2018
He tricked his partner into thinking that he had won the raffle, but then gave him an even bigger suprise when he got down on one knee and asked him to marry him.
“Will you be my Mario to my Luigi?”
A Romford couple got engaged at the town’s first Pride event at the weekend, as the groom to be was tricked into thinking he’d won a raffle.
Romford’s first Pride was a success on a lot of levels, but one man left happier than anyone else after his boyfriend of nearly five years said yes to him.
Kyle Simon Fair and his partner Sonny Seth were the lucky Romford couple, as Kyle got down on one knee in front of a crowd of 70 people as he asked his boyfriend to be his husband.
“I was thinking of partners in crime, so I said wiall you be my Mario to my Luigi.
“I also said will you be Tommy to my Ghost because we’ve been watching the series Power on Netflix” said Kyle.
The couple went to primary school together, and then around five years ago they bumped into each other in North Street, Romford and then the rest is history.
Kyle, 32, said that he was at first worried about how he would be able to find out what size ring his partner would need, but that while Sonny was asleep he tried on his grandad’s old ring and it was a perfect fit - so he knew what size he needed to get him.
The proposal had taken months of organising, and Kyle had been working the council to make sure the surprise remained a secret.
On Saturday (July 28) hundreds of raffle tickets had been handed out to those attending Pride, and Sonny had been given the lucky number 483 ticket.
People had been told that a free raffle would be taking place on the main stage, and when the compere - Amanda Bangs - read out the winner Sonny couldn’t believe his luck.
Kyle and Sonny took to the stage to collect the prize, Amanda asked Sonny, “what would you like to win” and then when he turned around Kyle was down on one knee.
Sonny said that the shock just took over his body and he couldn’t believe what had just happened.
“I was gobsmacked, it was the last thing I was expecting.
“It was very sweet and then all my family and friends came down to celebrate with us after too”
“I had strangers coming up to me in the street saying congratulations, I just couldn’t believe it.” said Sonny.
Steve Saunders, from Whitechapel was visiting Romford for the event and took to Twitter and said: “Just witnessed a gay propose on the stage at Romford Pride. A truly touching moment.... except he said “Will you be the Mario to my Luigi” and those two are definitely brothers so that’s a bit weird.”
Steve said: “I will say firstly it was lovely to see Romford doing a pride, it was only a small thing but was really great to see people there enjoying.
“The proposal itself was very sweet. With the help of the drag queen hosting the event they tricked the other guy into thinking he’d won a raffle and when presented with the prize it was of course his partner on one knee.”