You can’t hurry love

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

When you’ve been to­gether for a few years, ev­ery­one has an opin­ion on when you should pop the ques­tion. That was the case for Si­mon Wine, but the car­pen­ter al­ready had a plan on how he was go­ing to take his love for Emily Borg to the next level.

“After a lot of years to­gether ev­ery­one was on Si­mon’s case about pop­ping the ques­tion,” Emily laughs.

The pair were with mu­tual friends when they first met at a Mi­randa bar in Jan­uary 2009. They ran into each other a few times over the next few months be­fore Si­mon even­tu­ally asked Emily, a real es­tate agent and busi­ness man­ager, out. Their first date was to the Royal Easter Show on Easter Sun­day.

The self-con­fessed worka­holics “had a lot of fun” trav­el­ling and spend­ing time to­gether over the next few years be­fore set­tling down and pur­chas­ing their own home in 2015.

To­gether for seven years, ev­ery­one started ask­ing Si­mon when the big ques­tion would come.

The an­swer was De­cem­ber 2016, in a ro­man­tic sur­prise.

“Si­mon asked me to marry him in the back­yard of our prop­erty in Cam­den,” Emily says. “He had a cute lit­tle set-up with flow­ers, cheese and wine and got down on one knee.”

De­spite their long re­la­tion­ship, Emily was not ex­pect­ing the spe­cial mo­ment when it did ar­rive.

“He com­pletely sur­prised me when I re­turned home from a day out with my mum and sis­ter,” she says.

Bring­ing in some out­side help, Si­mon picked the per­fect ring.

“My sis­ter helped him cus­tom de­sign the ring, it’s a stun­ning white gold and di­a­mond band with a large cen­tre di­a­mond and halo. I love it,” Emily says.

Emily and Si­mon mar­ried on the first day of spring last year at Sergeants Mess in Mos­man with the ocean as their back­drop.

One hun­dred of their friends and fam­ily, in­clud­ing some guests from New Zealand, helped the new­ly­weds cel­e­brate dur­ing a re­cep­tion at the same venue.

Ev­ery­thing went to plan, but there was a mo­ment of panic for the groom when he re­alised he’d for­got­ten some­thing back in his ho­tel room.

“Our MC asked the boys if they all had their speeches ready t to go right be­fore we were about to en­ter our re­cep­tion,” Emily ex­plains.

“Si­mon, re­al­is­ing he’d left his speech at the ho­tel, said yes so a as not to worry me. He quickly sent his brother-in-law to the ho­tel to find his s speech and bring it b back just in time.” PHO­TOS: P INLIGHTEN. INLIGHTEN, COM. AU

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