Claudia and David

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Claudia & David

[dropcap color=”rosy”]I[/dropcap]t was Friday afternoon, December 14th2012. My boyfriend David had told me that he has finally given in to my nagging about us going out on a date night and that he was going to take us out for dinner. He said that there was going to be a band and that it was a good half an hour drive, the minute he said that I was convinced that we were finally going to Kirstenbosch’s Carols by candlelight which he promised me we would go to this year – which happened to be on that weekend.

David wouldn’t tell me where we were going but I was completely convinced that we were going to Kirstenbosch. I was so excited! We got home from work and David started to iron a shirt, I thought it was a bit much, so I asked if I needed to wear heels to which he responded ‘Yes’.

Then it hit me, we weren’t going to Kirstenbosh after all. I still had no inkling what was actually set to go down that evening. I decided to get all dolled up, new outfit and all. Soon we were driving on the N1 towards Paarl, and we started approaching the ‘Vrede en Lust Estate’ sign. I blurted out “I’ve always wanted to go there” to which Dave responded “So have I, and they have a gourmet braai evening tonight which is why I picked it” I was over the moon, even with the sign in front of me I didn’t think we would be going there for dinner.

It was the most perfect evening, not a breathe of wind and the weather was absolutely gorgeous! There were only 3 other tables outside that evening and as the sun began to set the two men band started to play. I absolutely adore live music and the ladies voice mixed with the mellow guitarist was so soothing. As the sun set, fairy lights and solar panel lanterns were charged on to make the most beautiful setting. The food and wine was to die for, and so was wine bottle number two!

Hearing the birds chirp all around us, I took a big sigh and said “Oh I wish we could stay here tonight” to which Dave responded “wouldn’t that be amazing”. We finished our dessert and I popped down to loo and to check out what the delicious deli had in store.

When I got back, I went to sit on David’s lap and somehow the conversation got to “In ten years’ time…” and I jokingly said “Maybe in ten years’ time, Storm -our husky who has managed to dig up our entire irrigation system would have dug a big enough hole for us to make a swimming pool” “In ten years’ time I’d probably still be waiting for my ring” and giggled. David responded “Why don’t we change that? and I still, completely oblivious to what he was hinting at, thought David meant we could get a swimming pool!

Then he reached for his pocket and my heart felt like it was about to break through my chest. David pulled out a gorgeous little black box with croc skin texture and gold finishes. I was in total shock and jokingly said, “Please say that’s not a pair of earrings” and when he opened the box I saw the most beautiful, amazingly perfect ring I have ever seen in my entire life! My heart stopped as he said “Will you marry me” Tears streamed down my face and David began to cry as well.

Our waiter came to our table with a bottle of proper French champagne, and that is when I realised I hadn’t said yes yet! Still sitting on David’s lap I said “Yes yes, of course yes” We kissed and I felt like a nervous teenager, like I was kissing someone for the first time. The butterflies in my tummy were going mad. David then told me that we were staying the night.

We took the champagne to our beautiful cottage which was strewn with rose petals. It turns out that David had packed our bags the day before and my mom had gone to Vrede en Lust to drop off our things.

The word ‘LOVE’ was inscribed in a heart of rose petals on a bed side table. The evening ended off with a huge bubble bath filled with rose petals accompanied with the French champagne on the side.

The next morning we had the most delicious breakfast ever, I couldn’t stop staring at my amazing ring… which, I might add David designed himself and was made from scratch so it’s one of a kind – talk about being a lucky gal! All the staff wished us (of course they were all in on it except for me) and we got a complimentary bottle of wine from the estate. After breakfast David said he had another surprise for me.

We climbed in the car and five minutes later we rocked up outside horse stables, we were going to go horseback riding and wine tasting – David knew that horseback riding was on my bucket list so I was ecstatic to say the least!

The weather was perfect once again. I felt like I was in a dream world. I couldn’t believe that I was actually a fiancé.

We went on a two hour long horseback ride through the most beautiful vineyards of grapes and different fruits until we got to the Allée Bleue Estate for wine tasting. Of course the wine was the most amazing wine I had ever tried!

When we got back to the stables David said that we had run a little late for our next ‘appointment’ but that he had forgotten something very important at home so we had to pop back quickly

When we got to our home, I opened the front door and was welcomed with a huge ‘SURPRISE!!” David had organised that all of our family be at our home to congratulate us. I was completely overwhelmed and burst into tears…again!

Our house was decorated with “Happy Engagement’ banners, a spread of delicious platters were on the tables and my mother had made a gorgeous Engagement cake! My father said a heart wrenching speech which had me crying for the umpteenth time.

David’s mother who is a spectacular musician played a rendition of “My heart will go on” on her cello for us. Having both of our families come together and be present for such a special and momentous time in our lives was just the icing on the cake. It truly was the most perfect beginning to our ‘Happily Ever After’

…to be continued

teary eyed after Dave proposed

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  • Hailey

    Wow!, what an amazing story. It just goes to show what nagging can do…ha ha..But seriously, it sounds like you are both very blessed to have each other and clearly this was coming for a long time.

    True Love at it’s best!

    Best of luck to you both. You completely deserve to have the happily ever after.

    xx

  • Nomaxabiso Tsotso

    I pray and wish happiness for both of you, I hope you are the ones from the story that says – Happily Ever After
    Love
    Noma and Anda
    🙂

  • Tamryn Henn

    Congratulations to both of you! xxx

  • Toni

    Awwwww that is beautiful!! I have tears in my eyes now! Very romantic, you are a very luck girl! 🙂

    xxx

  • Hilary

    Well I am the Proud Mom of the Beautiful Lady in the photo, you can only imagine what I was going through waiting in anticipation to get that phone call “Mommy I’m engaged”, except I got “I can’t believe you knew all along”. I truly wish them God’s Richest Blessings in this new chapter of their lives.

    We are all looking forward to the 24th September 2013 for that beautiful day their Wedding.

    Love you both so much <3 <3

  • Nicci Bester

    Ama-Zing!! What a beautiful and “oh so romantic” story. Wishing you both the bestest for this competition and the furture!!. XOX

  • Kyle

    This is such a beautiful engagement story – I was smiling throughout!

    Enjoy <3

  • Ruth

    Yay! Amazing proposal 🙂

  • Eleanor

    Gods richest blessings to this amazing couple and may they be together forever loved this story.
    .

  • Cindy

    *Like* 🙂

    Congratulations to you both xxx

  • Mattcredible

    Very cool David.
    Well done!

  • Maree

    Aah man how romantic!!! Hope you two have many, many happy years together – you make a wonderful couple you are blessed to have each other!

  • Giuliana

    Beautiful couple, beautiful story…wishing you a beautiful life together.

  • bernie

    Beautiful proposal! Good luck!

  • Clem Van Averbeke

    You two are a match made in heaven. All the best David and Claudia, rooting for guys!

  • Nelia

    Aw, so genuine! Saw u guys over the weekend and you two remind me of the traditional “happy ever after”. Such inspiration

  • Lana

    Thank you so much for making my night extra special. It has been a great joy reading your beautiful story and it brought tears to my eyes. I wish you both a lifetime of endless love and happiness. I already knew that the two of you were soul mates when I saw you together. There was a magical energy around you both and it showed in both of your eyes. Keep smiling, keep shining and know that the very best part of your life has just begun. I am so happy for you both. Congratulations and no one deserves to win this competition more than the two of you.

  • elize

    SOOOOOO beautiful!! Congrats!

  • juanita mullins turner

    To Claudia and David. Y have such a beautiful story, May the Journey that y starting 2 your Big Step as Husband and Wife Always Be Beautiful and Blessed

  • Kerry Kirby

    Awesome story!

  • Tanika

    Yay! Such a gorgeous story. From hearing david laugh at the idea of settling down(typical guy), to seeing him enthused and smiling with pure joy and content at the thought of where you two are now,and after all you have been through. You guys deserve to win more than anything. Wishing you all the love and joy in the world. Good luck Mr and Mrs Stephenson xox

  • Carl Lowton

    Hi. I’m the Carl from http://saweddingvenues.com/proposals-2013/justine-and-carl/
    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.

  • caryn

    Beautiful

  • Nicole Kimberley

    Wow guys…I am completely blown away! Haha welcome to the family Ms. Cutino!! & its totally about time boet 😉 so happy for you guys really!!! I hope you guys win this that you can have the wedding & honeymoon of your dreams! love you both <3

  • Steven Williams

    happy days

  • Nicole Kimberley

    haha I have a few email addresses 😉 extra votes!

  • Nicole Kimberley

    🙂

  • Nicole Kimberley

    xXx

  • Nicole Kimberley

    <3

  • nicole

    Beautiful story, Beautiful couple. Wishing you the best happily ever after 🙂

  • Daniela

    Aaaahhh such a cute couple and story.
    I hope you win!

  • Christine Collins

    What a lovely story, wishing you both a life filled with Much Love and extra pink sparkly light around you always.

  • candice hollister

    the perfect couple ever 🙂 you have my vote x 1000 🙂 🙂

  • Kashiefah

    Oh wow!!!!! And all this happend on my Birthday!!!!!! im sooooo super happy for you and David seriously i waited for this moment a long time lol giving David hints about wedding dress already 🙂 You two really are the “Happy Ever After” and an inspiration to alot of people out there. Couple of the year I tell you lol really Love at its best mwa wishing you and David all the hapiness in the world and cant wait for the BIG DAY!!! whooooohoooooo

  • Nadia

    Wow – what an amazing story.
    I hope you guys WIN!!!

  • Tamara

    what a lucky lady you are! one can see and hear that David is truly in love with you. you have my vote and wishing you an awesome future xxx good luck

  • Ivo Fernandes

    Fantastic guys! Good luck with this competition and may God bless your union.
    Great location and a truly touching story.
    Marriage is tough but far too beautiful to miss out on.
    Enjoy every step of the adventure!

  • Anthea Nell

    Magical. Going to be one happy ever after couple

  • Carrie Anderson

    Sweet,sweet story.I always knew you guys would get married, even before you were a proper couple! Soul mates indeed. Congratulations Dave and Clauds.

  • Rose McBain

    How romantic. All the best Claudia and David

  • David Stephenson

    Sounds like you were lekker spoilt 😉

    My biggest fear was that you somehow found out about my plans. But thankfully you didn’t.

    Love you angelpie xxxx

  • Este Cutino

    Such a special story, gorgeous couple!

  • Cathy

    I couldn’t think of a more beautiful start to an incredible life for such a wonderful couple. You both deserve the very best xx

  • lize Mcdonald

    And of course you have me in tears now 2! Great story for a great couple! <3

  • Bryan

    Awesome story from an awesome couple!

  • Julia

    Congrats. Teary eyed! Think David should come train up some boys! 🙂

  • Claire Pohlman

    Such an amazing couple – I had tears in my eyes reading this, you guys really deserve this……:)

  • Claire

    such an amazing couple, I had tears in my eyes when reading this, you deserve to win this!! 🙂

  • vincent

    Cool

  • Kate Munro

    Congratulations again my friends ;). Wouldn’t have it any other way.. Looking forward to that swim in 10 years time! XO

  • Liza-Jane

    What a beautiful story. All the best for the exciting future ahead 🙂

  • Patricia-Ann Jenkinson

    Congratulation once again to an Amazing couple:)loved your story it brought tears to my eyes:) You deserve to win the prize 🙂

  • Michelle

    Congratulations I’m sure your going to enjoy an amazing honey moon.

  • Hilary

    Very Romantic proposal David ….well done …you did me proud ( your future Mom-in-law) Love you both so much . You both deserve to win that Romantic Honeymoon <3 <3

  • nicolene

    Baie geluk.

  • Amy Hughes

    Hi Dave and Claudia!

    Congratulations on your engagement and what an absolute beautiful story to boot!

    Wishing you two nothing but the best for the future! I know your sister is smiling down on you two as well…

    Look after one another always.

    Xoxo

  • Kelly

    Beautiful story! 🙂

  • Myra Prinsloo

    Hope you have a wonderfull time

  • Denise

    Awesome story Hope you win.

  • Laura

    Really lovely engagement!

  • Brent

    Awesome story… wish the both of you… only good things!
    x

  • Kelly Barker

    Congratulations Guys 🙂

  • Amanda Mtuli

    Amazing story! All the best to you both. May God continue to bless you and keep you. 😉

  • Matty

    Good on Dave!

  • M. Wilke

    I like how they tricked you!
    Awesome!

  • Matthew

    What a nice way to do it. Inspiring!

  • Tara

    You are both so utterly in love and it is beautiful, I wish you many many more years of blissful and passionate friendship xxx

  • simone

    Awesome proposal! So special 🙂

  • Tanya Cutino

    Romance is alive & well. Hard act to follow xoxoxoxo

  • Stephan

    Amazing couple and a fantastic story all the best to you both

  • Tarryn Boland

    Such a beautiful Engagement story and with so much thought and love from your husband to be.
    So happy for you both and I wish you all the love and happiness in the world xx

  • theresa

    Congratulations .. what a lovely story and wishing you all the best for your future together 🙂

  • tamlyn van biljon

    Awesome story!! you guys so deserve it!!

  • tammy van biljon

    Wow!

  • Chester

    Lange for HUBBY OF THE YEAR AWARD. Congrats guys

  • Megan

    WoW! this story made me want to cry! Amazing! Every girls dream – a romantic proposal! I don’t think it can get any better than this one <3. Congrats guys! 🙂

  • Pinal

    Congrats you two! I love the romance behind it all xx

  • Aaliyah

    What a beautiful story!All the best!

  • Werner

    Congratz and all of the best…!

  • Danielle Grove

    Hope the husky pup makes it as part of the wedding party.

  • Prideel

    Congratulations. Claudia tamed that wild horse!! 🙂 May the years ahead be filled with joy, love and peace.

  • Ondine

    Oh my goodness!!!! I have tears rolling down my cheeks. – you had me at when he said “Well let’s change that”. What a magical story! Congratulations on finding each other, and I hope that my proposal one day goes something like this. BEAUTIFUL! XX

  • Ashleigh

    Wow, what a romantic proposal! Congratz guys!

  • Denise

    Awesome story Hope you win 🙂

  • Gary

    Awesome story

  • Salvo

    Awesome! Best wishes and much love.

  • Colleen Burn

    What a lovely proposal… congratulations to you both!

  • ",)

    You guys make a beautiful couple and it’s so easy to feel the love. Always keep that love, joy and respect for one another. Wishing you all the best for you “Happy ever after”

  • Seone

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous !! hope you guys win !!

  • simone

    Awesome proposal! All the best to you 2

  • Daniela

    You guys should totally win!!!

  • Diane

    You guys are an adorable couple. You deserve the best honeymoon ever.

  • Claudia

    I’m speechless!! What an amazing story 🙂

  • Daniela

    GO Claudia and David!!!!

  • Ilne

    The perfect fairy tale to begin with!!!!

  • Kerry

    So happy for you, Claudia! Amazing story and kudos to your fiancé for making it happen. May your marriage be as stunning as your engagement 🙂

  • Nicola

    What a beautiful story – congratulations to a very special couple x I hope you will be blessed always and think this prize could not go to a more deserving couple.

  • Osnat Gropper

    Such a wonderful story <3!! Congrats guys 🙂

  • Denise

    Hope you win 🙂

  • Gary

    Hope you win 🙂

  • Denise

    Great story Hope you win 🙂

  • Sean

    this is a great way to start a life together, you both rock!

  • Frikkie

    Fok Ja! I skimmed the page and saw pretty pics! who sits on a friday liking pages, can I get a vote too?

  • Debbie

    Hope you win

  • Sandy

    You go girl.

  • Annette

    Hoping you win

  • Cathy

    Hoping you win

  • Eddie

    🙂

  • Linda

    Win Win Win

  • Bill

    Sweet story 🙂

  • KaB

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving couple! Since day 1 you’ve been destined to spend your forever after together and I’m so excited for your fairytale to continue 🙂

  • Hilary

    Awesome story

  • Hilary

    Great story

  • Hip Girl

    Win baby win

  • Jim

    hope you win

  • Carol

    win

  • Joan

    🙂

  • Gary

    Win great story

  • Chedam

    wOw!! well deserved each other yes yes yes VOtE with big “Y” XX

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