Stephanie and I got engaged on the 1st of December 2016. To be honest, I had no idea how I would ask her, It felt like their was quite abit of pressure in asking her in a unique way. The pressure wasn't from her though, but from stories you hear now and then from recently engaged partners. It was either done in a hot air balloon with the sunset in the background, or it was done on a sports ground in front of hundreds of spectators, or perhaps riding on the back of a cheetah while a song from the Lion King played in the background. All these were great ideas, but they weren't us.
My parents live in Cape Town, Stephanie and I both took leave and decided to go and visit them down south. I had the ring! I saved up for the ring, I had a location, to an extent, now was the time.
Now, nobody new I was going to ask her. Stephanie and I were together for 5 years, so she wasn't really expecting me to propose anytime soon, I think she either loved me and got very comfortable with me or she was perhaps just to lazy to look for anybody else. I was hoping for the first one.
My father told me about this wine estate called Vergelegen Estate, I googled it and it looked beautiful. We didn't have anything to do that day, so I proposed (not yet!) that we take a drive to this wine estate and have some lunch. Steph and I aren't really drinkers, the only think we know about wine is it comes in red and white and that it is alcoholic, never the less, the gallery on the website looked beautiful and I thought to myself this place might just be the perfect spot.
The day came, it was hot and the weather was perfect. There weren't many people when we got their which was perfect, I wanted the proposal to be abit more personal, just Steph and I. The estate is known for their huge and old camphor trees. As we were walking I found a bench underneath one of these trees. My heart was racing, the time has come. I asked her if we can sit down for a bit in the shade because I was getting hot, so we chose to sit down here.
She was looking at some of the flowers on the estate, using my ninja skills, I took my phone out of my pocket. I then proceeded to play a song which she and I like. "Grow old with you" from the wedding singer movie. Tear-jerker song. When the song ended, Steph said "That's a beautiful song", which I then replied with, "do you know whats also beautiful, is this ring". I got on one knee, took out the ring and asked her if she would be mine forever.
SHE SAID YES!
When we got home, we shared the news with everyone, even our son was happy, you can see it in his smile
And now we are planning the wedding.
We are both saving up for the weeding and would love to get married March 2018, with your help, Steph can have the wedding she has always dreamed of.