Tennis star Andy Murray has finally proposed to girlfriend of nine years, Kim Sears, after a great deal of speculation as to when their inevitable nuptials will take place.  This week we look at Murray’s relationship and his wedding plans, as well as the reasons why some couples wait so long to tie the knot.

The Happy Couple

Andy Murray has been with the pretty blonde Kim for nine years, long before he achieved worldwide success as a sportsman.  The couple have often been the root of speculation as to whether they would indeed get married at all and what, if anything, the couple have been waiting for.  Having met at the US Open in 2005, when Miss Sears was just seventeen, Murray began to woo the stunnning siren and the rest has become history!

The couple share a home in Surrey and look after two dogs, but it was settling down and starting a family with his beautiful girlfriend that made Murray look towards the future.  Although the pair have often been asked about their potential for marriage, they have kept tight-lipped until now, with many assuming Murray wanted to wait until he had won a major tournament.  Having said that, he has often spoken about wanting to settle down and have children as a family unit, something he did not have as a boy after his parents were divorced when he was eleven.

The Scottish Wedding

Scot Murray plans to stay close to his roots by getting wed in his own hotel near Dunblane, Cromlix House Hotel.  Murray refurbished the five-star hotel after he bought it in 2013 and it has already played host to the nuptials of his brother in 2010.  Complete with its own private chapel, the hotel is the perfect place for the couple to celebrate nine years together and the first of many years as a married couple.

Although Murray has joked about being traditionally Scottish at his wedding by wearing a kilt and no underwear, little is known about their actual plans for the ceremony and reception.  We expect something traditional yet chic and can imagine Miss Sears looking fantastic in any style of dress or colour scheme.  The love they have for one another is seen very obviously in the photos we see of them together and the fact that they have remained so close and passionate after nine years speaks to their happy future as a married couple.

Other Couples Who’ve Waited

Andy and Kim are not alone in wanting to wait a while before tying the knot; there are many other celebrity couples who have spent years together without showing any intention of getting married.  Amy Adams and her fiancee Darren Le Gallo met in 2002 and got engaged in 2008 but Miss Adams has mentioned that she is in no rush to get wed and is happy being one half of an engaged couple.

One of the most long-standing relationships in Hollywood belongs to Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, who have been together since 1983!  Having been in love for so long, it seems rather strange that they haven’t been married yet, however it could be said that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Similar to Andy Murray and Kim Sears, actress Isla Fisher and comedy star Sacha Baron Cohen waited eight years to get married after meeting in 2002.  The couple have now been married for five years and have two children together with another one on the way, demonstrating that waiting a few years doesn’t get in the way of becoming a happy family.

We look forward to seeing how Andy and Kim’s ceremony looks but we can imagine a fairytale chic feel as they celebrate nearly a decade together and a lifetime of future happiness. Congratulations guys!