Alex and Nicole’s relationship was built on a friendship, but it slowly became one that meant so much more to them both. It was a leap of faith for both Alex and Nic to choose to be together, but there wasn’t a choice to be made – each knew that they couldn’t have a life without each other. Nicole wasn’t expecting a proposal, but when it came, it was perfect.
DWH: Talk us through the proposal.
A: When Nicole proposed to me I had absolutely no idea it was coming – it was the best day of my life to date.
Nicole had said through the week that her family wanted to have lunch with us on the Sunday out in the Hunter Valley, and asked if we would like to go. Nicole knows I like having no plans for a Sunday, because I like to relax and get ready for the week ahead. I said that we could, and so when Sunday came around, Nicole subtly suggested that we should dress nice for the occasion and that we should stop in at our favourite vineyard for a glass of wine before we head to lunch. We got in the car, and as we were driving and getting closer to the vineyards, Nicole kept rubbing her hands, and when I asked why, she quickly responded with “sometimes my hands just get hot when driving”! I thought nothing of it and laughed it off, but little did I know that she had something huge planned and was obviously nervous as hell!
We reached the vineyard, and as we were driving up the driveway, Nicole pulled her phone out and was messaging someone. I really don’t like when people text and drive, so Nicole was ready for me to rouse on her for using her phone! She turned to me and said “I have a surprise for you, and I need you to put this blindfold on”.
I still didn’t click about what could be happening, and instead just thought she had planned a romantic date. The car came to a stop, and Nicole got me out of the car, led me across the vineyard, and told me to stand still.
When I took off the blindfold, Nicole was down on one knee, ring in hand, asking me to spend the rest of my life with her. Without hesitation, and with tears in my eyes, I said yes!
When I looked around, Nicole (with the help of her best friend Amy) had planned the most beautiful picnic, and a photographer to capture it all. I was absolutely head over heels, ridiculously in love, and feeling like THE luckiest girl in the world. But it didn’t end there! Nicole had also planned dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in the Hunter Valley, and another beautiful surprise was waiting when we arrived home! Nicole pulled up in our driveway and asked me to wait in the car; when I came inside a couple of minutes later, my breath was instantly taken away – the house was filled with candles, rose petals, balloons, chocolate and wine.
It was the perfect day. I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
“The day you walked into my life, it changed forever. You love me hard, protect me fiercely, and encourage me greatly. You fill my days with so much love and laughter, and I can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my time with you by side”
N: Planning the proposal was the most stressful time of my life!
Alex and I were living and working together which made it near impossible to plan or do anything without her knowing. I recruited both of our best friends to help me with the whole process and asked Alex’s Mum and sisters for permission to ask Alex to marry me.
Our family and friends were all so supportive and happy for us which made the whole process even more exciting!
With the help of my best friend, I was able to buy the ring, keep it safely hidden away, and organise every perfect detail without Alex knowing a thing!
Everything went perfectly to plan on the day and thankfully Alex said yes! It was the happiest moment of my life to date and I cannot wait until the day we become wife and wife!
DWH: Planning the proposal was the most stressful time of my life! Tell us about the engagement ring experience.
A: Both of our rings are from Michael Hill, and they are matching, with the only difference being the colour. Mine is rose gold and Nic’s is white gold. We love that our rings are almost the same as one
I fell in love with this shape, colour and style a little while ago, and was perhaps not so subtle in making Nic aware of what I wanted!
Little did I know I would be so lucky to have this perfect ring much sooner than I anticipated. I feel so lucky and blessed that I get to wear this beautiful symbol of our love and commitment every day, and every time I look at it, she is the first and only thing I think of.
I then gave Nicole’s ring to her at Christmas time in the same year.
“I promise to dance with you. I promise to kiss you in the rain. I promise to drive with the windows down and sing with you at the top of my lungs and make you smile so big it hurts. I promise to give you a million and one memories you’ll never forget. I promise to love you for the rest of my days”
DWH: What does your engagement mean to you both, has anything changed?
A: For me, our engagement has not changed a thing. I already knew I was going to be hers forever, and our engagement was an official recognition and celebration of that. It has only cemented the way I feel and the love that we share. I never dreamed that a love and a life like this could exist, one where you feel no doubt at all that this person is your soul mate, the one that was made for you. Where you feel wholeheartedly cared for and supported, and blessed to get to spend your life with your best friend.
N: Our engagement didn’t change a thing in our relationship. I already knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Alex, our engagement only further cemented that. I have loved every moment of our wedding planning process together so far, and I cannot wait for our big day together. I feel so lucky to have fallen in love with my best friend, and I am forever grateful that we took a leap of faith and chose a life together. It’s so cliché, but Alex and I really are best friends, we spend every day together, we go on dates, adventures, stay up late laughing and joking, we laugh, we cry, we support, encourage and challenge each other. I believe that we really are soul mates.
Photography Popcorn Photography