Thorley Park woman's Valentine's surprise for her partner of 13 years: 'I've changed my surname to yours'
A Bishop's Stortford woman revealed to her long-term partner that she had changed her surname to his – in the last line of a poem she wrote for him on Valentine's Day.
Samantha Thangiah got Adriano Di Palma to hold up a card with her poem written on one side while she read it aloud to him with their three-year-old son, Leo, between them.
He had no idea that she had secretly changed her surname by deed poll – a move the Thorley Park couple, both 32, had previously discussed but had not completed because of the lengthy process involved.
"I got him to hold up the poem so I could read it while I held the certificate and turned it round as I read the last line," she said. "He was really shocked and it took him a few minutes to realise – then he got very emotional!"
The couple have been together for 13 years after meeting on Facebook and have spoken of marriage.
"We've never really had the money and there have always been things stopping us getting married, but now this takes the pressure off thinking we don't have the same surname," said Samantha.
"It was something a bit different on Valentine's Day as opposed to getting a proposal. This keeps us all happy while we wait to get married.
"It shows people if you can’t afford it, it’s ok... just change your surname and be one. I'm just glad he was all right with it – he could have said no!"