It was the night before the morning we were flying to Europe, the flight was not until 11 am (ish). It was 4.30 am and I was still working when Léon said I had to wake up at 7 AM. I didn’t understand why! He had to say he had a surprise – I thought, maybe a romantic breakfast, but can’t that wait until we are on holidays?
We walked towards the beach, and I was wondering where this special breakfast would be. We were almost at the shore of North Bondi, where I saw 2 chairs and a little table, and an old couple which looked to me like fishermen – I thought ‘first time I see fishermen bringing their chairs and table to have breakfast’. That table was for us and not for the fishermen, which where no fishermen by the way, just a lovely random old couple making sure our food was not eaten by the pigeons.
I saw the beautiful food and the champagne glasses – how did he get all this here on the beach at 7.30 AM?! – he asked me to sit down, he started to talk and then I knew it! It was 7-7-2017, and the number 7 means something to him and his family, when he mentioned the date I was sure he would get on his knees.
The sun just came up and we had the beach pretty much to ourselves, with exception of a few surfers and some spectators along the Boulevard. The colors of the sky and the sea were beautiful, the weather was perfect, the morning was breathtaking.
Léon asked me to marry him in 3 languages, ‘Wil je met me trouwen?’, ‘Will you marry me?’, ‘Te quieres casar conmigo?’, and while on his knees he opened the little Tiffany’s box – I said ‘yes’, we hugged, we cried, we laughed, we kissed, we had champagne! Surfers came out of the Beach and congratulated us. The spectators clapped. The humpback whales did a show on the bay – so special!
It was a beautiful moment at the shores of the most iconic beach in the world on the 7-7 of 2017. ‘How did you get the chairs, the table, the lovely breakfast, the champagne and the champagne glasses so early in the morning?’ – ‘There are 2 people very important in our lives who helped, and are here hiding somewhere!’. Josh and Alyssa were part of it, their chairs, their table, the breakfast, the bottle and glasses! And making sure it was all set before 7.30 am. The best people to share the first champagne glass with as fiancé and fiancée! We love you guys, we love to have you in our lives!
We walked back home and enjoyed the view of Bondi Beach from our own balcony. This view that we considered privileged already will never be the same – this view is now more important to us than ever!
The trip to Europe – now called the Engagement Trip – could start!
Credits: thanks djtristancase for the capturing the moment when Léon went on his knees!