Clare and Andrew


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Clare & Andrew

[dropcap color=”rosy”]A[/dropcap]ndrew and I have grown up knowing each other since we were about 5 years old. Our families go to church together and we have been on many family holidays together. We were also in the same circle of friends at varsity. He apparently liked me for ages and finally I saw the light and we started dating about 3 years ago.

On the 1st of May 2012 (after we’d been dating for just under 2.5 years), Andrew picked me up at my house and said he had a day out planned for me. He took me to Franschhoek where he had organized a full body massage at a luxury spa for me! I had never gone to a spa for something like that before – it was amazing! He sat in the car and read a book while he waited for me – so sweet. I was wondering if this could be it, but we have often taken turns to plan fun days out for each other so I wasn’t sure.

We then had a light lunch in Franschhoek and drove back to Cape Town. He was beginning to act a little strangely and kept looking at his watch. We drove to Hout Bay and then over Chapman’s peak. I love Cape Town and spending time in all the beautiful scenery we have around us. We had gone on our 1 month-anniversary date to Chapman’s Peak back when we had started dating and gone there many times since for a picnic or to watch the sunset. I thought he was going to stop somewhere along there, but we kept driving and then I began thinking that we might be going to Misty Cliffs which is a little village on the coast between Kommetjie and Scarborough. Andrew’s grandparents own a little cottage right on the rocks at Misty Cliffs. We have had many wonderful family holidays and special moments there, including Andrew and my first kiss on New Year’s eve, a week after we’d started dating!

Andrew drove down the drive way and asked me to go and wait at the door to the cottage for him, he would drive further down the driveway and park the car. By now I was pretty sure what was coming, and I was feeling so relaxed and excited. He then called to me from round the house and said that I could go into the house and he’d join me in a minute. The house is open-plan all the way through to the front room, which has sliding glass doors which look out onto the rocks just below and the sea is right behind the rocks. I opened the door and there was a pathway of tea light candles and vases of red roses all the way through to the front room. I was just overwhelmed. It looked so beautiful! I slowly walked through and got to the glass doors which were open. I looked out and below me on the rocks was Andrew standing behind a microphone and picking up his guitar. Behind him on the rocks was his brother seated at a drum kit and two other friends with an electric guitar and a bass guitar. Everything was hooked up to amps and speakers. It was incredible. Never in a million years could I have expected something like this! They started playing and Andrew played his guitar and sang ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay. He has an amazing voice but doesn’t often sing. It was so special to hear him singing directly to and for me. I didn’t cry, I just couldn’t stop smiling!

When they had finished the guys packed up their things and left while Andrew and I went down onto the rocks with some champagne. By this time it was sunset. He got down on one knee, pulled out a ring box, said some lovely things about me and asked me to marry him! I said yes even before he’d opened the ring box. I was just thrilled! He had used a diamond from my side of the family which my parents had given to him – it comes from my great-grandmother’s engagement ring. My ring is beautiful and I still love looking at it every day!

The evening wasn’t over yet – Andrew took me out for supper at The Greenhouse- award winning restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenhort! Wow, I was spoilt that day. Andrew blessed me and showed his love for me in such a romantic and beautiful way. He incorporated all the things I love best.

I counted up the red roses afterwards and there were 160 in total!! I will never forget the feeling of walking through that house and seeing him on rocks below about to sing to me! I am marrying my best friend and I couldn’t be happier!


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  • Jenny Webb

    I would like to vote for Clare and Andrew!

    They are an Amazing couple, and deserve to be pampered.

  • Kerry-Ann Gailis

    What a beautiful couple and such an awesome way of proposing 🙂

  • Justine

    So amazing – I love it!

  • Cath Lashbrooke

    What a winner! Stunning proposal! So special to be marrying a childhood friend 🙂

  • Susan Crichton-Stuart

    This is truly one of the most romantic proposals I have heard ~ so much thought, planning and love. Such a wonderful way to start their journey together: perfect for such an amazing couple!

  • Lindsay Jolly

    Beautiful… You two are an awesome example of true love

  • stuart bateman

    ag sweet man. This guy is smooth – real smooth. What a touching story – I hope they win it!

  • Fritz

    Amazing… what a fantastic story.

  • Monique

    I met Clare on that special New Year’s Eve and I am so thrilled that their friendship blossomed into the romance and loving commitment I have witnessed it become. They are both stellar people and Andrew scores massive points for a proposal of epic proportions! Great story guys – certainly one to tell the grandkids one day …

  • Kevin

    brilliant, but putting a lot of pressure on all the soon-to-be-engaged blokes out there, poor buggers. 😉

  • Margie Gertzen

    Wow! What a story! Such a lot of thought and planning went into that proposal!! You’ve definitely got a winner. (Both the man and the story)

  • Marion-Jane Brand

    What a sweet story…

  • Alex Miller

    You could not find a more evocative name than Misty Cliffs which proved to be the perfect place for Andrew to show Clare just how romantic he is. This is my favourite story.

  • Beth

    Wow, what a beautiful proposal!

  • Richard Bolland

    What a rad story. This gets my vote.

  • Lisa Wilson

    What a legendary story…romance, fun and pampering for the win 🙂

  • Karen Ward

    Wow, what an amazing proposal- so special!

  • Brad

    Lekker! 🙂

  • Gen Train

    What a beautiful and heartfelt proposal!

  • Julie

    LOVE! You guys get my vote!

  • Bets

    With a fairytale start like this, it’ll surely be ‘happily ever after’ for these two.

  • Kirsty

    Such a perfect proposal in a beautiful journey of love!

  • Hilary Kerr

    So romantic and such a wonderful couple. They get my vote:)

  • Val Forsyth

    What an amazing engagement story – roses, candles, a serendade – what more commitment could a girl want.

  • Hugh Lashbrooke

    Awesome story guys! Definitely deserve to win this competition!

  • Gemma

    A very romantic proposal and a special couple!

  • Ann Watkyns

    Wow, what an amazing example of creativity, thoughtfulness and kindness – you get my vote!

  • Nicole Taylor

    Incredible story of love 🙂

  • Mark John

    Wow! Such a cool story. What a couple.

    Definitely gets my vote.

  • sarah

    This story is amazing. I get thet feeling these two must really love each other.

  • Katy

    Wow such a romantic story and so amazing that you were childhood friends. Clare, you are one lucky girl! These guys should definitely win!

  • Jenny Inglesby

    Awesome!!! Hope they win!!!

  • Danica

    Beautiful! Hope you win 🙂

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  • Tim

    Excellent! Really happy memories of a memorable event – thanks for sharing the winning story!

  • Sue Botha

    Awesone – just love it !

  • Jon Kerr

    Proud to be the Dad & Dad-in-law and totally biased for this wonderful couple. The romantic gene has made an appearance in our family at last!

  • Melanie

    This story is so romantic!! The serenade on the rocks is totally cool. Love it!

  • David Gertzen

    Fantastic story. Well written from the hearts….

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  • Mike Kerr

    A classic tale

  • Lauren

    What a wonderful, romantic story! They deserve to win!

  • Carl Lowton

    Hi. I’m the Carl from
    I know this is a competition, and that comments mean votes, but to me it is more than that.
    This is about marriage and the people who take that step. You have chosen this path, and my wish is that your relationship may be blessed.
    Congratulations on your engagement and all the best for the big day – and every day of your journey together.

  • Simon van Wyk

    Love these guys!

  • Caroline Powell

    🙂 here’s my vote!

  • CJ

    Childhood sweethearts 🙂 How special. Congrats to the couple!

  • James Vd Merwe

    Rad story! Congrats guys!

  • Mark S

    Congrats guys! Vote

  • Ahyeon S

    Beautiful proposal and story – one for the grandchildren 🙂 x

  • Kate Dennill

    A beautiful memory. You have my vote!

  • Nicola

    Awesome story, awesome couple, it can’t really get any better than this! 🙂

  • Sue

    My son-in-law could not have done a better proposal!

  • Kate Westwood

    Vote! Setting the bar high! 🙂

  • Janie Siebert

    Sjoeeeee!! Deeelightful…totally a big VOTE! How lovely!

  • Doreen

    Beautiful, simply beautiful. Well done, Andrew!

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