How We Met
We met whilst we were both working in a co-working space in Sydney for a short time. Mark was excellent at distracting me as he loved to chat a lot! In our first week of the meeting, there was a fire drill in the building. According to Mark, I just got straight up, in mid-conversation, and in his words “ abandoned him” and left the building!
We both then moved on to different work locations and I invited him (although I would say he invited himself!) to my new office for drinks. The earliest memory I had of Mark was that I was due to fly out to Canada for a work trip, not long after we met. After arriving at the airport, I was told I couldn’t fly due to a rip in my passport, had to miss my flight and get a new one from the embassy. Although we had only just met as friends, Mark was the first person I wanted to call to get help! Mark continued courting me – old school way. From then on, the rest is history. He is the most thoughtful, humble, caring, and funny person I know, and I feel so incredibly grateful to have him as my fiance!
How They Asked
We celebrated our one year anniversary at home during the COVID lockdown. Mark promised that we would celebrate again in the outside world once restrictions eased. He put a surprise “date night” in my diary for Thursday 11th June.
Behind the scenes, he had busily been planning. Unbeknownst to me, he asked my parents for permission to marry me four weeks before the “date night” and because he knew how important my family and friends are to me, he had also spoken to some of my best mates and family to be there and surprise me on the night of the proposal.
Mark knows I love the details and ‘grand’ so had come up with his ideas but needed support to execute.
Mark told me I needed to be ready by 4 pm and to bring a bag to stay the night – I had no other details! He had leaked a few hints to put me off so I thought we were going to a show and dinner!
We pulled up to the hotel – which he specifically booked because that is where we spent a lot of time in that area in our early dating days – and took me straight up to the rooftop suite. As I walked into the room and out onto the terrace, there was a magical white carpet with candles and roses which led to huge lit-up letters “MARRY ME”. I was so taken aback with utter delight and surprise that I didn’t see the photographer hiding and capturing this incredible moment. After we both stopped crying and laughing, Mark got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, the answer was YES!
As we walked over to the grazing table set up with champagne, Mark suggested I call my mum with the news. She didn’t answer! He then suggested I turn around and there were my parents, brother, and sister-in-law and three best girlfriends with their husbands.
We all screamed and cried in sheer delight!!! We stayed on and celebrated long into the night. The level of detail thought and love that Mark put into our proposal still blows me away and gives me butterflies thinking about it.