NZ ’s Most Ro­man­tic Pro­pos­als

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Bride & Groom - - MOST ROMANTIC PROPOSAL WINNERS -

Clint & Jodhi

In Septem­ber 2013, Jodhi and I were in sunny Mex­ico cel­e­brat­ing her dad’s fifti­eth birth­day. The hol­i­day was idyl­lic and the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ask my best friend to spend the rest of our lives to­gether!

We booked an ex­cur­sion to Xel Ha where there are lots of wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing swim­ming with dol­phins – Jodhi’s favourite an­i­mal. The plan was for Jodhi to swim and then I would go onto the pon­toon and pop the ques­tion.

As Jodhi swam with a dol­phin, the smile on her face was price­less. Af­ter 15 min­utes the head trainer threw a rub­ber ring that had the ring at­tached to it. The dol­phin brought the rub­ber ring back to Jodhi and she took it from him with­out notic­ing the di­a­mond! The trainer handed it back to her and she no­ticed me down on bended knee where I asked her to marry me.

Re­gan & Lau­ren

Re­gan and I met on a blind dou­ble date or­gan­ised by a mu­tual friend, and we were soon in­sep­a­ra­ble.

In March 2014, I went to the Bruno Mars con­cert while Re­gan stayed home and watched rugby with my dad. I called him dur­ing the song Marry You and told him to lis­ten. Re­gan called me back and said he’d asked for my dad’s per­mis­sion to marry me, but Dad had said no! Luck­ily, Dad was only jok­ing and when I ar­rived home I was over the moon at the im­promptu pro­posal. Re­gan promised we could go shop­ping for a ring that week­end. But Satur­day rolled around and Re­gan told me that un­for­tu­nately he couldn’t af­ford a ring just yet, so we both went to work. Or so I thought…

Af­ter a long day, I ar­rived home to Re­gan sit­ting in the gar­den. I went to sit on his knee but he told me I couldn’t as he’d in­jured it. I looked down and sure enough, his knee was ban­daged up! Later on he asked me to sit op­po­site him. Un­wrap­ping his ‘in­jured’ knee, he knelt down on the floor – I looked down and tat­tooed just above his kneecap were the words ‘Marry me?’ I was speech­less. The pro­posal was in true Re­gan style and took me by sur­prise.

Naythan & Adri­enne

We were camp­ing in the moun­tains of Peru, along the fa­mous Inca trail, on the fourth and fi­nal day of the long, hard trek to Machu Pic­chu. Adri­enne, my girl­friend of seven years, was not the keen­est of trekkers, and the count­less Inca steps and walks of up to 11 hours 4000m above sea level were a strug­gle for both of us! Bat­tling asthma and al­ti­tude sick­ness, we had to dig deep.

A torch-lit, fast-paced hike got us to the ‘Sun Gate’ in time for sunrise. I had con­sid­ered propos­ing here, ex­cept when we ar­rived we could see noth­ing through the thick fog. Plan B, then – pro­pose at Machu Pic­chu! I faked a toi­let stop along the way to talk to one of our guides, Pierro, and in­volve him in my pro­posal plans. He was to take a photo of us be­fore I got down on one knee.

Some things never go to plan. Adri­enne needed the toi­let so as soon as we reached Machu Pic­chu she ditched the group and raced down the hill to the train sta­tion, not re­al­is­ing it was a 25-minute walk back! Other groups started to get im­pa­tient so we were about to head back down again when Pierre ush­ered Adri­enne back up, con­fused, ir­ri­tated and with a bloody nose to add to her woes.

We stood to­gether at the edge of the cliff, over­look­ing the beau­ti­fully con­structed Inca site, and I got down on one knee and then pro­posed to my gor­geous girl.

Liese & Sarah

Sarah or­gan­ised for one of my friends to take me out for a drink af­ter work so that I’d be home later than usual. When I ar­rived home, I opened the door to roses and a note telling me to be ready by 6.45. An out­fit to wear was ly­ing on the bed. A cab pulled up and I spent the ride try­ing to find out where we were go­ing from the driver who had been sworn to se­crecy!

We ar­rived at the beau­ti­ful Kel­li­her Es­tate and it felt like a scene from a movie – en­ter­ing a code at the gate, hav­ing my door opened by a but­ler who es­corted me through the amaz­ing homestead and out­side to a path. I heard one of our favourite songs play­ing as I walked to­wards my beau­ti­ful girl­friend. Sarah was stand­ing un­der a wooden hut that was draped in fairy lights and dec­o­rated with rose petals and can­dles. It was mag­i­cal.

Af­ter an emo­tional speech, she got down on one knee and pre­sented me with a stun­ning ring. How could I say no? The rest of the night we drank wine, ate nib­bles, slow danced and lis­tened to the rain. It was an un­for­get­table night.

James & Ni­cola

James and I met on a blind date. He is a dairy farmer and I am a vet nurse, so we had quite a lot in com­mon and hit it off right away.

On 21 Novem­ber 2014, I went to work as usual, but left early as we were go­ing on hol­i­day to Queen­stown the next day. I packed our bags and went to help on the farm. The last job was to move some cows that were at the top of the farm. James asked me to go and get two fence stan­dards that had been strate­gi­cally placed just past the wa­ter tank. I thought noth­ing of it, but when I turned around, there on the wa­ter tank in bright red spray paint was writ­ten ‘Ni­cole, I love you. Will you marry me?’ James walked out from be­hind the trac­tor with a small box, got down on one knee and popped the ques­tion. Of course I said yes!

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