Neil and I met on a July summer night at a church BBQ. He remembered seeing my face in a dream as a young teenager and thinking it was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. When he saw me that night, he knew I was the One. It was truly love at first sight and within the first month we had already talked about spending the rest of our lives together. I couldn’t have found a more perfect match.
When Neil was accepted into a dental research conference in Australia about a year after we had met, I decided to take a couple weeks off work and travel together beforehand.
Some of my friends thought I would come home with a ring but I knew with his 5 years left of school and the presentation he had to give at the conference, he had neither the time nor money to plan a proposal. He was even taking an extra wax carving course that semester to help prepare for dental school on top of everything else. He told me that we would be going on a surprise date on the first beautiful day in Cairns, Australia, which wasn’t too surprising as Neil and I often plan surprise dates for one another.
The night before the surprise date came and Neil had me pack a bag with everything from my workout clothes to my snorkel gear inside. We had to be outside our hostel by 5:00 am the next morning. I was thinking he was crazy, but when a man in a nice town car with a hot air balloon hat picked us up, I knew it was going to be a great day. Neil and I had never been on a hot air balloon ride before and I had been longing for a ride since my 8th birthday. We took off as the sun was rising in a basket with 15 other people. It was a beautiful day with kangaroos hopping below us. We had an hour long ride and I was wishing it was longer when the pilot told us we would be landing in 4 minutes. Suddenly, Neil asked the pilot if he could do it and then handed the lady standing across from us my camera set to video and told her to hold this for him while it records. Then he started singing a song. At first I thought it was one of our songs from Moulin Rouge that begins, "my gift is my song, and this one’s for you," but then he started to sing a song I had never heard of with verses that came from a poem I had written to him on our 3 month anniversary. I soon realized Neil had written this beautiful song called "Fireworks in Heaven." The song ended with, "I made this ring, just for your hand, will you love me, will you marry me?" By this point we were both crying and the rest of the balloon was cheering for us. "Of course I said Yes I will!!!" loud enough to hear over the pilot blowing more air into the balloon. As we were landing, I asked him what he meant by "I made this ring." This whole semester Neil was taking the wax carving course, he was designing and carving my engagement ring as his final project. It is the most beautiful and unique ring I have ever seen!
After the ride, he surprised me with a champagne breakfast overlooking the ocean and then surprised me with skydiving. It was also a first for skydiving and what a thrill! By mid-afternoon I was thinking there couldn’t possibly be anymore. However, instead of going back to our cheap hostel after skydiving, we were dropped off at a fancy resort. As I walked through the door, I was surprised again with a candle lit room, our songs playing in the background, and rose petals leading out to the balcony. On the balcony was a delicious seafood platter with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. We toasted that night to a beautiful life together and to the most amazing day of our lives. It was the most romantic proposal I could have ever imagined!!!
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