The cascading droplets that continuously tumble into the basin of Rome’s Trevi Fountain were not the only waterworks that flowed in Trevi square in mid-April 2008. Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik happily conveyed to Hello! magazine that tears sprang from his eyes after he knelt on one knee in front of the Eternal City’s architectural wonder and asked for singer Gabriela Irimia’s hand in marriage. The marble likenesses of Triton, Oceanus, Abundance and Salubrity were silent witnesses as the entertainer, known as one half of the singing sister duo The Cheeky Girls, accepted. Although the couple plan to wait until either 2009 or 2010 to walk down the aisle, the bride-to-be, who is now sporting a platinum and diamond Tiffany engagement ring purchased at Selfridges, is already dreaming of her dream “I do” destination– a castle in her native city of Transylvania, Romania.
While the prospective groom is hoping for “La Dolce Vita” with his love since 2006, the Liberal Democratic MP’s former fiancee Sian Lloyd has already found her happily ever after with millionaire Jonathan Ashman. The couple exchanged vows on December 30, 2007 at The Portmeirion Hotel in Gwynedd, North Wales.