Kevin and Melissa

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How We Met

Kevin and I met in 2019 on the online dating app, Hinge. I remember seeing his profile thinking he was too handsome to be a real person. His profile mentioned he liked 90’s RnB music and that he attended life drawing classes – also my favourite genre, and I enjoy sketching and painting. A beautiful man with a career and creative hobbies? I 100% thought I was being catfished.

I mentioned that I had never tried life drawing. He encouraged me to do so, only I didn’t realise his encouragement was actually him asking me to go with him on a date. At this point, we had only been talking for a week, and being an avid true crime fan, I was cautious about meeting too soon that I almost cancelled. I remember sending my best friend his photo and jokingly saying “if I don’t come home by 10 pm, call the police!” Long story short, we met up at The Arthouse Hotel in Sydney CBD and to my relief, the beautiful man was real, and even more handsome in real life. When our eyes met, he smiled, and everything went in slow-mo. I felt like I was in a real-life K-drama.

After the class, we had a lovely dinner at Alberto’s Lounge. I ended up losing track of time while we talked for ages, then I found 10 messages from my bestie at 10.30 pm checking if I was alive (sorry, Lys)! He waited for my Uber to arrive and checked that I got home safe. Needless to say, he is not a serial killer and I’m glad I didn’t cancel on him that night.

How They Asked

Where do I begin? There are so many facets to this story because it was so well thought out. For context, my only requests were for the proposal to be a surprise, private, and somewhere that had meaning to us. This guy nailed the brief and then some!

The day he proposed was his birthday. About two weeks beforehand, my nail lady asked me if I could move my appointment earlier, conveniently one day before his birthday. I didn’t think much of it, but turns out he organised this with her (thanks Crystal!).

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The next day (his birthday), we had dinner at Oncore by Clare Smyth because in classic Kevin style, he “wanted to spoil himself.” Seven courses later and two wines in on a Friday night, I was ready to go to bed. We got in the Uber and ended up at the QT Hotel in Sydney, which was the first hotel we ever stayed at together. At this point, I still didn’t register what might be happening. Tired and confused, he deflected my questions as he led me to one of the hotel rooms. I walked into a room down a long dark hallway, which opened up to the most beautiful setup complete with a “Marry Me” sign, flowers, and candles, with our shared 90’s RnB playlist in the background. The whole thing was filmed, and after ugly crying onto his new suit, his sister popped her head out from her hiding place behind a camera with a “Congratulations! Happy Birthday Kevin!”

And this guy calls ME extra. Seriously though, the proposal was more than I ever could have dreamed of. I still ugly cry at the footage. I feel so lucky to be marrying my person.

Special Thanks

My Proposal Co.
 | Planning
My Proposal Co.
 | Stylist
Amy Tong Photography
 | Photographer