HOW I PROPOSED
When Cosmopolitan teamed up with Steve to help him propose, it made for a surprise to remember!
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU MEET AND START DATING?
Like so many couples these days, we met online. I’m hopeless at the bar pick-up and thought if she’d commit to a date then maybe
I’d come across as worthy of at least a second date. Neither of us remembers the exact date we started dating, but it was about three-and-a-half years ago. I do remember she turned up to a hotel in Richmond and when she couldn’t find me, she sent a text. By the time I got it and called her, she was sitting in the car with the key in the ignition. If Christina had let that call go to voicemail then we wouldn’t be together now. Thankfully she came back, I bought her a drink and told her all my most embarrassing stories. I figured if I made her laugh then she’d at least have something to tell her friends on Monday morning.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALISE YOU WANTED TO PROPOSE?
Aren’t I supposed to say immediately? The truth is, I’m sure she knew before I did. I remember cooking dinner for Christina one night and out of nowhere she just started laughing. She wouldn’t
tell me what she was laughing at, so I dropped it. About a week later I told her for the first time that I loved her, she just laughed again and said, “I know.” Thankfully she reciprocated and the next morning told me about how, about a week before, she was sitting there watching me cooking dinner and she suddenly realised that this man was serious and that he probably truly loved her. And I do.
DID YOU PICK A RING?
Umm, we’ve actually had two rings. The first she absolutely loved, so I went back and made the necessary arrangements. Then she discovered one that was even more brilliant than the first, so we traded in the first one and got the new one.
WHY DID YOU PROPOSE IN COSMOPOLITAN?
There’s a reason to the way I proposed. One day, Christina and I were riding our bikes down to Princes Pier in Port Melbourne. When we got there we both noticed these white Typo letters on the pier. They read, Will You Marry Me Karen? Christina looked at me and said, “The bar has just been lifted. If you want me to marry you, you’re going to have to outdo that.” Because she works in media and communications I knew it would have to stand out, so I proposed in the February 2016 edition of Cosmopolitan.
AND WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED ON THE DAY?
I’d been liaising with Mel and Leisa at Cosmo about how to do it and get the magazine to Christina before it hit the newsstands. When it turned up it was a day ahead of schedule so it caught me completely off-guard. I had planned on booking a table in a restaurant, having some champagne chilled and, of course, having the ring in my pocket. But Christina turned up with the mail and as soon as I saw the envelope I knew what it was. She started to flick through the magazine and, because I’d never seen the finished product, I had no idea where the proposal pages were placed. As she got closer and closer to the back pages, I thought she must have missed it. There were two pages in Cosmo – the first said, “Hey Christina… I have a question for you,” and the second was the actual proposal. Thankfully, she only skipped past the first page. I knew she’d found the proposal when I saw her doubling over, covering her mouth and screaming.
WHAT WAS HER REACTION?
“Are you serious!? Is this it? Is this how you’re asking me?”
WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON YOU TOLD?
After Christina, I didn’t get a chance to tell anyone. She’d announced it to everyone! The first person Christina told was her sister. But it was 24 hours later that she told her how I’d proposed!
HOW DID YOU BREAK THE NEWS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY?
I’m pretty sure Cosmo, Instagram and Facebook took care of most of the sharing! I did get to show my brother the article, but Christina took care of sharing it with the rest of our families.
WHAT ARE YOUR WEDDING PLANS SO FAR?
The proposal took almost three months to arrange – from first discussions to Christina finding out – so it’s fair to say the wedding will take a little longer! We had discussed eloping, but we both feel it’s important to ensure my two little girls are included in the ceremony.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROPOSAL?
For me, there were a few highlights. Christina’s reaction was priceless. The second was seeing Christina tell my mum. Christina was so excited and mum was just being polite and engaging with her, until she saw the proposal page and then I’m pretty sure everyone on Manly Wharf heard her scream! The third was when Christina and I told the girls. Both Millie and Scarlet were so excited. Millie, the eldest, guessed it straight away. They didn’t stop looking for dresses on Instagram and Pinterest for two or three days!
Steve popped the question to Christina in Cosmo. So what was her reaction?