Independent Woman

Saturday 30 August 2014

Oh la la! Xpose's Lisa Cannon says yes to romantic Paris proposal

Ken Sweeney

Published 14/12/2013 | 07:33

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Guests arrive at the opening night of 'We Will Rock You' at The O2, Dublin, Ireland - 04.04.13. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM  *** Local Caption *** Lisa Cannon & boyfriend Richard Keatley
Lisa Cannon and fiance Richard Keatley
Guests attend the 2013 IFTA Awards at The Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland - 09.02.13. Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Lisa Cannon
Lisa Cannon
Guests arrive at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Gala with the Irish Premiere of 'Broken' at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland - 14.02.13. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Lisa Cannon & Richard Keatley
Keatley proposed to his other half in Paris

Just say Yes. Xpose host Lisa Cannon has revealed how her fiance proposed to her in a Paris park as a musician disguised as a busker broke into Snow Patrol.

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Welsh rugby player Richard Keatley popped the question to Lisa in the famous gardens of Le Palais Royal on a romantic weekend in the French capital.

"We were walking by a fountain in the gardens of Le Palais Royal when a musician that Richard had secretly arranged to be there began singing an acoustic version of Snow Patrol's 'Just Say Yes'. After the first verse Richard got down on one knee.

"We had an audience because all these passers-by had gathered and they started clapping. It couldn't have been more romantic," the 30-year-old told the Herald.

Making the moment even more magical was the fact that Richard used Lisa's late mother's art deco engagement ring from 1972, to pop the question.

After the shock was absorbed and the tears of joy had dried, Lisa was whisked back to Le Bristol Hotel by a chauffeur-driven limo where staff were waiting to congratulate her with a champagne reception, roses and a spectacular cake.

"I was so overwhelmed. The way Richard did it, everything was meticulously thought through and organised with such tenderness and love.

"It was also very emotional and definitely the happiest day of my life so far. It was the perfect proposal and I have been beaming from ear to ear ever since," she said.

Richard, a web consultant, has been dating Lisa for two years, and plans to re-propose to Lisa at Marlfield House, Co Wexford over the weekend with an engagement ring he specially designed which will be flown in from New York.

Lisa and Richard (32) have yet to set a date and location for the wedding but are already planning a special engagement party for friends and family in Ireland.

Explaining her decision to keep her engagement quiet for a period of time, Lisa said: "I just wanted to enjoy this special personal time with my family and very close friends first.

"I've been on cloud nine for the last six weeks and am just so happy and thrilled that its happened.

"I just felt now was the right time to let everyone else know, too, so we can all celebrate and share this joyous news at Christmas time."

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