My boyfriend decided to ask me on the 4th December 2013, seven days before my birthday, which is seven days before his birthday, which is seven days before Christmas, which is seven days before New Year’s… you see a pattern here?
Anyways… With little time to plan, he first bought the ring, asked Daddy and then wrote a letter to the Admiral requesting some help and support from the Navy fire department (I LOVE RED TRUCKS) to assist. He is a petty officer in the SA Navy.
With a very big smile the Admiral approved on one condition that it’s captured on camera and video to publish in the Navy news. He cleverly contacted my General Manager and arranged that they pretend to have a fire drill at work and get me out of the building to the fountain at the entrance of the club.
But to top it off, Management decided to schedule the real fire drill on the same day, giving it that extra effect. We were warned the day before that there will be a fire drill, and what to do and were to run to… so as I went into “training” which wasn’t real, we stayed in the training room afterwards to ensure that you’ll be able to hear the alarm go off there as well.
The alarm went off and I calmly strolled to my office to lock my things away and went down the stairs. Keeping in mind I have the flu (explains my lack of interest the morning I got dressed for work). When I got outside I saw two Navy guys, one with a camera and one with a video camera one very strong fireman had me at the arm and took me to the fountain, as I saw my parents (mum + dad was there – beyond amazing) on the side, he took of the mask and helmet and said ‘baby it’s me’, got down on one knee…
Ta Daaaaa and now we are very much engaged…..and that is how they asked!
We’ll be getting married seven years after our first kiss
Photography: Nelani van Zyl & South African Navy – Military PR
Videography: South African Navy – Military PR
Video Editing : MW Productions