As some of you may know already, I’m engaged! I wanted to share and document this very special day here on the blog. Kenny went to tremendous lengths to try and surprise me. Knowing someone for 10 years can make surprises very difficult to execute, but he did incredibly well. Although I by no means expected a proposal attached with all the bells and whistles, I appreciated so much how much thought and time he invested in this to make these moments an unforgettable one.
I know the following debrief might sound cold and distant, but I don’t want to bore you with all the verbose descriptions. I’ll try and explain his complicated plotting as concisely as possible.
– The day(s) before (Week of the 12th of December 2016) –
- Tuesday 20th was the last day at school. Kenny told me we would go on a surprise getaway on the 21st, and asked me not to ask him any questions. With great determination and urgency, Gaby asked me to get nails done with her on the 20th. Suspicion #1: They’re both either trying to make me think the proposal was going to happen on the 21st, or it was actually going to happen.
- He had told me that the plan was to go to Geelong for the weekend(17th-18th) because there was a beer tour at the brewery on Sunday (18th).
- Saturday was the day for previous exhibitors photoshoot at Brunswick Street Gallery at 6pm. We would then go straight to Geelong from there.
– Friday 16th of December 2016 –
We went to Chadstone to grab a couple of things. As we were walking around Chaddy, we noticed that one of my favourite stores had opened – COS. Kenny said he wanted me to find something for him to buy me as a Christmas present – perhaps an outfit I could wear to tomorrow’s gallery photoshoot and to Geelong (Suspicion #2).
– Saturday 17th of December 2016 –
We went to Naked for Satan for drinks and tappas before the gallery. He carried the DSLR everywhere, as well as his bag, claiming that he wanted to take photos of me at the gallery photoshoot – and that he just ‘felt like’ carrying his bag (Suspicion #3). By now, I thought he might pop the question at Geelong by the waterfront (because he said that we should have a late dinner at Geelong and walk around the waterfront).
– How he proposed –
Little did I know, when walking up the steps of BSG, I noticed soft music playing from the gallery “You are my sunshine”. I then noticed the small gleaming candles lined up from the entrance into the gallery space. At the front of the entrance was a photo of Kenny holding a picture frame containing lyrics. At this point, I was just confused and was wondering why there was romantic music and candles at an exhibition photoshoot. I did not realise anything until I saw the rest of the setup, with more frames aligned on the sides to create a path, each sitting on top of a bed of my favourite green palm leaves, friends and family in each picture. I’m not usually a crier for sappy things, and I warned Kenny that I wouldn’t cry and apologised in advanced for my lack of tears. But by the 2nd frame, I suddenly felt a surge of emotions overwhelming me. Even though David was seamlessly taking photos and videoing us, tears still came gushing out of my eyes!
I couldn’t believe how much effort he put into the proposal. The gallery space which already holds so much meaning to me as an important achievement in my life, the clever theme being weaved through a frame within a frame within a frame (inception!), and the overall beautifully set up backdrop involving my favourite greenery (thanks Tammy & Aviel!). I could not have thought of a better, more well-suited proposal (I wish I could take credit for the idea! haha #credithog). You all know me so, so well.
I cried several more times throughout the night, I don’t think I’ve cried quite so much in the past 48 hours.
– The scheming –
- Kenny asked the curator of BSG to get into contact with me about a Saturday evening visit to have a “chat”. However, I declined the offer as he told us our plans were to go to Geelong. This backfired badly for Kenny. The poor guy.
- As a result, he had to construct a fake identity and pretend to be another person that works at the gallery. With this fake identity, he emailed me explaining that we had once met at the exhibition, and that they were going to set up a photoshoot with previous exhibitors. I asked if we could do it earlier, but was met with the response that it was only going to open at 6pm and that it would only take 5mins. They would make sure to book me into the first slot so that I could promptly leave.
- Despite not remembering who this person was, I thought the name sounded familiar and that maybe I had just forgotten. He had me fooled there! Still, I did not make it easy for him.
- I told him I would probably go, then we could go straight to Geelong afterwards. But even then, I was still unsure, and said that I would decide on the day. Ken was shaking in his boots.
– More Surprises –
Following BSG, Tammy organised for us dinner at Noir in Richmond. Their oysters were amazing. Afterwards, we left to go to our accommodation that was gifted from Tam at The Hilton in South Wharf. On Sunday we went for Yum Cha with Ken’s parents in the city. We then checked out of the hotel and left to visit Faith who helped us design our ring. I had not known till we got there, but there on her new studio front window, was a poster of our engagement ring design. It was so flattering to see how proud she was of the design. Tam then booked for me to get my manicure done at Missy Lui in Armadale (where the decor was amazing by the way)!
Sunday night, Kenny surprised me with another dinner. I thought we were going out, but instead we went back to his place where I was greeted with happy familiar faces. Friends gathered and decorated his front yard with leaves, the same frames at the proposal, candle lit bench top, balloons, and a bbq on the go! What a perfect way to end our special weekend.
– Thank-you –
I’d like to again extend gratitude to everyone who helped Kenny in this process. Special thank-you to: David for making time to document and record our special moment (images attached in this blog), Faith for the immaculate design of the ring and for tolerating my pedantry,
Special thank-you to:
- David for making time to document and record our special moment (images attached in this blog)
- Faith for the immaculate design of the ring and for tolerating my pedantry
- Miriam for letting Kenny borrow the perfect space!
- Tammy for sharing ideas with Ken, organising and setting up our special weekend
- Gaby and Dan for helping with the set up and for being there!
- Ken’s parents/family for helping set up the bbq
- Christina, Phillip, Willy, Lina, Richard, Beven, Nghi for your support and also helping with the bbq!