A unicorn, a hairbrush and a bar of soap.
Bride-to-be Jona Taylor says they were all the signs she needed to realise that something she thought would “never happen” was unfolding in front of her, and the crowd at the Newcastle spring races.
Sean Langley, her partner of three-and-a-half years, was popping the question.
“We’ve had conversations about not really wanting to get married,” Ms Taylor said.
“We had one where we were joking that we’d only get married if there was doves, and unicorns and this sort of stuff because it would never happen.
It was crazy, and it was really nice.Jona Taylor
“‘If you’re going to marry me’, I said to Sean, ‘let me know so I can brush my hair.’”
Ms Taylor thought she was going to Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday to celebrate Mr Langley’s birthday.
“It was actually Sean’s birthday, I was supposed to be the one arranging the day,” Ms Taylor said.
“Every year we go to the races for his birthday. We love it. And it was Autism Awareness Day.
“My nephew has autism and a few of our friends’ kids have autism so we wanted to be part of that.”
Ms Taylor was soon shocked to find all the attention on her.
She was called onto the race track to receive a prize for a raffle she hadn’t entered.
The gift box she won contained a hairbrush and a ‘Dove’ cake of soap.
Then Ms Taylor turned around to see a unicorn walking onto the track.
“The penny dropped,” Ms Taylor said.
“There he was down on one bended knee.
“It was crazy, and it was really nice.
“Everything meant something to us, but probably not much to anybody else.”
After saying “yes”, Ms Taylor discovered her fiancé had been planning the moment for months with the help of his daughter Grace-Rose.
“He had been stressing out all week trying to make unicorn horns,” she said.
Ms Taylor lives with Mr Langley in Charmhaven with their five children from previous relationships: Tom, Grace-Rose, Hannah-Beth, James and Alex.
“We’re a blended family. I’d say we all live in harmony, but that would be a lie!” she said.
Ms Taylor first met her husband-to-be at Coles in Lake Haven.
She said she never expected the meeting would amount to a marriage proposal.
“It was completely out of the blue, I’m still spinning!”