Jade and Jonathan


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Jade & Jonathan

[dropcap color=”rosy”]I[/dropcap] had been stationed up in Kakamas, a small town in Northern Cape, for work for the duration of 6 months. This was in order to fulfil the experience requirements to apply for my professional registration. Due to the nature of the work requiring a 7 day work week and the return price of flights from Upington to Cape Town, I wasn’t able to see Jonathan as often as I would have liked during the contract.

It was to my surprise one Saturday morning that he knocked on my hotel door at 6:00 in the morning, saying that he came up with the overnight Intercape bus. Shame he was a bit tired, so he caught up a few hours of sleep while I went to site and made sure nothing needed my attention that evening or the following day.

When I got back, he told me to pack my bag and that we were going to stay somewhere for the night. Of course my mind was racing, definitely thought that something was in the works. On the way we had a relaxing afternoon going for a swim and lunch, we then arrived at Dundi Lodge near Augrabies falls which was gorgeous. We watched some rugby (go Stormers!) and made our way to the beautiful restaurant for dinner. We were the only ones there, I thought with the restaurant to ourselves he might pop the question. But he didn’t, instead he said I had to wake up early the next day.

5:00am and we set out on dirt roads, to come across a hot air balloon being blown up. Little nervous and extremely excited I looked at him and he just smiled back. It was breath-taking, the wind wasn’t as strong as the pilot (Andrew) had hoped but we managed to fly over the impressive Orange River and see the lush green vineyards.

Jon turned to me, and said he wanted to ask me something. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, including all the cute personal things he loved about me. I couldn’t stop smiling and said Yes right away (I thought I could be one of those girls that jokes No but he had me completely in awe). I loved every minute of it from the floss he tied around the ring in case he dropped it out of basket, the locals coming to see what the balloon looked like when it landed and of course the feeling of complete happiness. I don’t think my Engineer did too badly.


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  • Claire

    Awwwwwww! Too cute!

  • Marieke

    Ah, SOOOOO romantic… too impressed!!! (especially since this is an engineer we’re talking about, hehe 🙂

  • Jade Hotchkiss

    Such a romantic proposal! Well done, Jonathan! Clearly Jade is a very happy bride-to-be 🙂

  • Stephanie Grant

    Absolute love that story!!! Such beautiful people truly deserve such a beautiful story to be able to be passed down their family. Congrats!!

  • Kirsten

    Your engineer didn’t do too badly at all!! What a special proposal! Definitely deserving of a free honeymoon!!!

  • Alexis

    What a sweet story! I’m so impressed that Jon went down on one knee while inside a hot air balloon!

  • Keziah

    I love that he had you completely in awe, and that you had a happy audience awaiting your landing! The floss detail is impressive too, nice one Jon. Looking forward to your wedding guys!!

  • 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.

  • Herma Adams

    I think this was an amazing proposal and sooooooo romantic. I am involved,together with my husband ,in many weddings because we run a marriage preparation course. And i must say,this is one of the most unique ones that i have come across. I might be slightly bias of course because i am Jonathan’s mum. That’s my boy!!!

  • Shelley adams

    Jade, you and Jonathan bring out the best in each other. What a special story to tell your children one day!

  • Sam

    Beautiful and Romantic!! Well done Jon that sounds amazing!! Love you both lots! Xoxo

  • Beamie Adams

    How romantic! Who would thought Jonothan had it in him!

  • Siobhan

    Absolutely beautiful! So excited for you guys! Xx

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