HOW I PRO­POSED

When Cos­mopoli­tan teamed up with Steve to help him pro­pose, it made for a sur­prise to re­mem­ber!

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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?

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