A Co. Tyrone beef and sheep farmer pulled off a unique, farming-inspired marriage proposal last Christmas.
John Love – who also works for Gortavoy Feeds – got down on one knee in a field to ask for Jill Gourley’s hand in marriage.
She grew up on a dairy farm in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone and was a competitive showjumper throughout her youth.
“John and I were together three years at the time; however, we hadn’t really talked about marriage so this proposal was a complete shock,” Jill told Catherina Cunnane – That’s Farming.
“It was Christmas morning - I was so excited to open my presents from John; however, he kept putting it off and told me he would give me my gift later on.” She added.
“John opened his present from me, but I was left waiting.” Jill laughed.
Later on that morning, the pair went to the family farm to tend to Jill’s small flock of sheep.
“Bridget the sheep was standing up at the gate with writing on her.”
“We got out of the van and I turned around to see John standing there, holding my ring.”
John revealed that he had a desire to include Bridget in the proposal in some way. “Bridget is a special one - my father came home with a pet lamb that needed bottle feeding.”
“I ended up looking after the lamb and named her Bridget. Bridget grew up with lots of attention and is a very friendly sheep.”
The duo will tie the knot on June 20th 2020; their reception will be held in a marquee.“I plan to make our wedding as country and farm-themed as possible. Bridget might also make an appearance on the day!”
“We are also planning to extend the country theme into our honeymoon by attending Calgary stampede in July 2020.” Jill concluded.
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