Mr Greatnews and I have been together for over ten years and married for just over a year. About two weeks ago, this Facebook memory popped up on my feed, reminding me that we had gotten engaged three years ago.
So this is the story of how I proposed to the love of my life.
A few years ago I decided that it was about time for Haydn and I to walk down the aisle as husband and wife. But I’m not the kind of lady to wait around for things to happen, so I decided to take the next relationship status update into my own hands. I told a few friends, my parents and Haydn’s parents in the end, the latter of which I asked their blessing for. They were taken aback, but gave their full support for this.
I’m a hopeless romantic, so I racked my brains for the best way to propose that would incorporate either elements of our relationship or parts of Haydn that he would appreciate. Thoughts of putting together a video incorporating Haydn’s friends and family or maybe even celebrities he admired sprang to mind. But the issue with trying to orchestrate something like that is the time and effort involved is akin to herding cats and makes it much more difficult to keep the secret.
The next plan was to propose where we first kissed back in our home town, but the timing wouldn’t work out to head back to Napier. So finally I decided to take Haydn to his favourite spot in Wellington – the spot overlooking Wellington by the Wellington Cable Car at sunset.
I picked up a ring from The Village Goldsmith in about April and sat on this secret until end of June, when the weather was nice enough so that I wasn’t proposing in the pouring rain or horrible winds of Wellington winter.
The day came and we had brunch with Haydn’s brother in the morning. I figured it was silly to go back home when we were already out and about, and so I started to stall Haydn in Kelburn from 11am until 5pm, which turned out to be far more difficult than I thought.
We wandered around the gardens, grabbed some lunch, wandered around the gardens some more, went to the planetarium, wandered around the gardens again… More than once, Haydn asked me if I was ready to head home. I could tell he was getting suspicious, but I don’t think he knew what was going on.
Finally, the sun began to set and I ferried him to the lookout. I sent a text to one of our friends and then started my proposal.
I reached into my bag and hand Haydn a custom View-Master from Image 3D I had made up with photos from our relationship. The final slide read, “Haydn… will you marry me?”
I remember my hands shaking and growing sweaty, taking deep and quick breaths as my heart pounded in the eternity that was in reality just a few seconds as Haydn clicked through the slides in the View-Master. Before I knew it, he looked up and looked me in the eyes with the softest, most tender expression on his face I’ve ever seen and said “Oh honey, of course I’ll marry you.”
In the anticipation of him finishing the View-Master, I forgot I was supposed to have the ring ready to put on his finger! I suddenly was snapped back to reality and fumbled through my bag, presenting him with the ring I got him inside of a Companion Cube box (a Portal reference). He was so surprised and taken aback by the whole thing. He definitely knew something was up with me, but had no idea I was going to propose.
The final surprise was when I looked beyond Haydn and waved at a friend of ours who was hiding and took pictures of the whole proposal! Please enjoy a selection of those pictures below.
I still maintain that asking Haydn to be my boyfriend and then asking him to marry me are two of the best decisions I ever made. ❤
What would be your dream proposal? If you’re engaged, how did your proposal happen?
Lots of love,
Mrs (& Mr) Greatnews xx