Casuarina Beach, Darwin NT
After nearly 5 weeks of being in Darwin, Dave mentioned that we haven’t yet gone to my favourite beach for a walk. Wow, that was strange because every time we’ve visited it’s one of the first things we do! So we made a ‘date’ and decided to head down yesterday afternoon.
I have always said that Darwin’s sunsets are the very best I’ve ever seen. So I was looking forward to heading down for an afternoon walk along the beach, as I did most days for my whole life while living in Darwin.
Yesterday I announced that I was heading into the office of my new workplace for the afternoon. Dave reminded me “Don’t forget about our walk, when do you think you’ll be home?” I said, “I’ll be home with time for our walk”. He said “Call me when you’re heading home” and so I did. That’s where it all started…little did I know that Dave had something up his sleeve…
It really was a spectacular afternoon to be at the beach. We were wandering up the long stretch of Casuarina beach, with the sun on our left, hovering above the ocean with rays streaking out from behind cloud. And looking up along the beach there was a huge storm blowing in, and what a sight that was!
And then as we were walking along Dave said, “Look at this shell” and when I turned around he was on his knee with my Mum’s engagement ring in his hands! Holy shit…yep…Dave was proposing to me! He proposed with the most beautiful heart-felt words and swept me off my feet…and of course I said yes!!! I must admit I was also in total shock – I had absolutely no idea this was coming! We’ve known in our hearts and souls for a long time that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, but hearing Dave’s proposal really was something special and now it’s official This is sounding very romantic I know, but he’s good at that!
Dave proposing with my Mum’s engagement ring really means a lot to me, more than words can say. This ring is very special to me and although we will eventually transform Mum’s engagement ring into one of our own, right now it means so much to me to be wearing the original.
The first rain of the wet season and we were on the outskirts of a huge storm brewing. The wind picked up and raindrops started to fall but we wanted to soak it all up so we just giggled like idiots and wandered slowly back to the car. I could say that we were holding hands, but it was more like squeezing each other hands. What a wonderful feeling and in such a spectacular setting – he couldn’t have planned it better!
We made our way to Dusty and Dave busted out the carefully hidden Moet Champagne and four types of Shapes flavours. The day before I had mentioned that I found it hard to choose Shapes because I liked so many of the flavours, and what I bought depended on what I felt like at the time – so he bought my fave flavours to cover what might win me over at the time. So cute!
We sat in Dusty on top of the cliffs looking out over the ocean, enjoying our Champagne while watching an incredible light show. We were giddy with excitement and soaking up every moment of it. The storm brought lightening and thunder…what a show of celebration the sky put on for us – our version of fireworks. A classic Darwin experience to have a sunset, with storm clouds rolling in over the beach, along with a thunder and lightening show – my very favourite things about Darwin!
It’s Dave here. So now you can hear this fairy tale story from my perspective too!
It all started on our last trip to Darwin almost 2 years ago. Chelsea’s Mum (Sue) got her engagement ring out of the bedroom drawer and showed Chels saying ‘I would like to leave my engagement ring to you’. This sparked an idea in my head, wouldn’t it be really special if Chels could use the Diamonds from her Mum’s ring for her own.
During our planning for this unknown journey around Australia I decided that this would be the trip that I would propose to Chels, literally making it a life changing and unforgettable travel adventure. I just had to find the right time and the right place. Since the start of our road trip over 6 months ago barely a week would go by without me thinking about what would be the most meaningful and special time and place for Chels.
When we first arrived in Darwin Sue’s health started to decline. I knew that she would be thrilled to know that her daughter would be happy for the rest of time with me by her side, so I spoke to Sue and she happily passed on her ring for me to present to Chels. So that set the time for when I was going to pop the question, next was the place.
Casuarina Beach is a stretch of sand very close to where Chels grew up and very close to her heart. This beach was a sanctuary for Chels growing up and her ‘go to’ place to think things over and relax. I decided that it would mean a lot to her if I knelt in the sand of Casuarina Beach to ask for her hand.
The most important thing for me was that I wanted the proposal to be totally out of left field, a complete jaw dropping, speechless surprise. And that is exactly what I got! I have to admit, the 10 seconds that Chels was frozen from shock felt like about an hour, but she did eventually say YES! “A million times yes in this life time and the next”. Hearing those words made me the happiest living thing in the universe.
So we’re extremely excited and our faces are hurting from smiling so much. Most importantly Chels is able to celebrate these exciting times with her Mum, her best friend.