Brides-to-be surprised each other with sweet double proposal on holiday

Shanice Rawlins (left) and Nicola Hackworthy (right) surprised each other by both getting down on one knee and popping the question at the same time
-Credit: (Image: Hotel Torre Saracena/SWNS)

A newly-engaged couple both popped the question at the same time in an unexpected twist - after one of them ran off when her partner proposed, only to then return with her own engagement ring.

Shanice Rawlins, 28, and Nicola Hackworthy, 32, who have been together since 2020 after meeting online, jetted off on a romantic holiday together earlier this year to Praiano, Italy - but it turns out they were both keeping the same secret from one another.

Shanice, from Paignton was left baffled after she got down on one knee on May 14 and asked Nicola to marry her - only for Nicola to run off.

But thankfully, the radio dispatch officer wasn't left panicking for too long - as Nicola quickly returned with a ring of her own, and popped the question to her partner.

With both women down on one knee, they accepted each other's proposals, before celebrating with a romantic boat trip, and their first meal as brides-to-be, under the Italian sunset.

Shanice, who had booked the trip last year to Torre Saracena hotel in Capri, Italy, and had planned to surprise Nicola with the proposal, said: "We met online and got on because we both bonded over music we liked. We started meeting and the more we saw each other, the more it progressed.

"I made my proposal plans last year and planned the Italy holiday - when I bought the ring I obviously had the same thought as her! Neither of us knew the other one was going to do it on holiday - we both had the rings hiding from the other person."

Shanice had no idea why Nicola disappeared after she got down on one knee at their hotel, Torre Saracena. But everything made sense when Nicola returned - with a ring of her own.

Shanice added: "When she walked off, I was very shocked - thinking 'what's going on? Do I get up or stay on one knee?' When she came back with the ring, I was so shocked but I found it kind of funny."

The couple are now happily engaged and planning a 2027 wedding - but plan to start a family before they marry.

Nicola, a sales assistant from Saltash, Cornwall, said: "My mum passed away a few weeks before I met Shanice, and she came at the right time. I just knew she was the one.

"I had been thinking about proposing for ages and I thought Italy would be the perfect place. I had been carrying the ring around with me waiting for the right moment.

"When Shanice proposed, I panicked because I didn't have my bag with me which had the ring inside. I had to run off to find my bag to get the ring! But it was amazing, we had a nice boat trip after. I'll never ever forget that holiday."