Liesl and Adam


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Liesl & Adam

[dropcap color=”rosy”]M[/dropcap]y boyfriend – now fiance, took me to a picturesque area on the dam wall of the farm in Elgin (Western Cape). This particular location gives you a panoramic view of the Theewaterskloof Dam, and a perspective of the endless miles of blossoming apple and pear orchards with scatterings of weeping willow trees where the water meets the shore, all cradled in every direction by the beautiful and imposing Hottentots Holland mountains.

He chose the perfect spot to watch the sun set. He opened the back of the buckie where he revealed a mattress sprinkled with rose petals, a chilled bottle of my favorite champagne and a punnet of fresh strawberries we had subsequently picked in Stellenbosch together, just the day before.

I sat, nestled in his arms as we watched the sun melt below the mountain peaks and paint the sky a warm pink and orange colour. I can still remember the smell of apple blossoms permeating the evening air and silhouettes of  Egyptian Geese flying across the disappearing sky. It almost seemed too perfect.

He then suggested we take a quick stroll along the dam wall. We walked arm in arm chatting, and making wishes with dandelions floating by, when suddenly, on the other side of the dam wall, an explosion stole our moment.

Alarmed I gazed into the distance and dramatically another explosion went off painting the faded sky with an electric display of lights and colours. A volley of 8 breathtaking fireworks then went off illuminating the night sky and the ripples along the dam. He knew how much I love fireworks! It was beautiful…seconds later, under the light of the fireworks 13 umbrella\’s were revealed on the opposite end of the dam … each umbrella had a letter written on it. It read ‘ WILL U MARRY ME?\’. I was mesmerised for a brief moment. When I turned to face him, he was on his knee holding the most beautiful ring.

I broke down and uncontrollably sobbed with joy. I just prayed this wasn’t a dream.

After consoling me for almost 10 minutes … it felt like an eternity, he sheepishly asked: ‘So is that a yes…you still haven\’t given me an answer?’ I said YES …. YES! YES! YES! He waved his arms to the horizon when another volley of blasts went off in celebration. We sat for a moment in each other’s embrace, under the now gentle light of a rising full moon (not kidding). He swept me off my feet and carried me back to the car in his arms.

When I inquired as to who was responsible for the fireworks and umbrella\’s, my now fiance informed me that it was my entire family. Well they sure know how to keep a secret because I had no idea.

To add to the romance, we\’d never been to try on rings before – I\’d pointed out a ring I liked on a friends finger in passing one evening. He then bought a diamond and had it designed himself….to my surprise he got it more than right.


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  • Gerald Dembovsky

    Wow! Could anything go more right? From the scenic splendour to the crash of fireworks and then the heart stopping proposal – I think this proposal should be benchmarked!

  • Tree

    What a stunning story, loved that your whole family was involved for the proposal xx

  • Zoi

    So happy and excited for Liesl and Slim!

  • Jacky

    Wow! The most romantic proposal! So beautiful! Congragulations

  • Nicole dickens

    Wow wow wow!! What an incredible proposal – must have taken months of careful planning! So special to read of such perfect love and to see how proposals should be done! I love it that he had all your favourites …. The champagne, the fireworks and to top it all, the perfect ring!

  • Emily

    This is beyond romatic! What a kind , loving gentleman to take so much care and thought to make his proposal just right! Its a real life fairytale! Congrats!

  • Clive

    Amazing Slimdog! Out of your boots buddy! Best proposal ever!

  • Sharon Price

    If anyone deserves to win this competition, it is Adam and Liesl! I know these two and their history and they really are a perfect match!

  • Wendy Siddons

    What a lovely thing to do, I can picture it as I have been there. I hope you will both be very happy. Love Wendyxxx

  • Nolegs

    Beautiful proposal for a beautiful friend. xx

  • Kathy

    This proposal was a the most spectacular moment when Adam proposed to Liesl, out in the nature with amazing fireworks took Liesl by surprise setting this absolutely beautiful proposal off absolutely awesome,romantic & unique!

  • Kathy Schneider

    his proposal was a the most spectacular moment when Adam proposed to Liesl, out in the nature with amazing fireworks took Liesl by surprise setting this absolutely beautiful proposal off absolutely awesome,romantic & unique!

    Congratulations Liesl and Adam

  • natalie

    Yay love you guys! Hope u win!! U deserve it

  • Kathy Schneider

    This proposal was a the most spectacular emotional moment when Adam proposed to Liesl, out in the nature, amazing fireworks completely took Liesl by surprise, setting this off & ending it was absolutely beautiful moment,awesome,romantic & unique!

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  • Genna

    Love you guys x

  • carol wainwright

    Such an awesomesomely romantic, exciting, original and beautiful love covenant! You’ve both waited so long to make this commitment…..and then….WOW!

  • Heidi

    What a beautiful story. It sounds like you’ve found the one that your soul loves.

  • Arthur Price

    My vote goes to these two!

  • Peter Laing

    Absolutely awesome story, you guys deserve an awesome honeymoon!!

  • Camilla Gutteridge

    Amazing proposal well done and defiantly one of the best I have heard of !!

  • Marc Mallet

    Awesomeness!!! Congrats guys.

  • natalie

    Beautiful story! Hope u guys win, u deserve it! Love you!!!

  • Debbie

    Beautiful story!

  • Nolegs

    A beautiful proposal for a beautiful friend. xx

  • Robyn

    Incredible! Amazing proposal – well done Adam! And so special that you involved Liesl’s family!

  • 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.

  • Tanya Dembovsky

    Just beautiful!!!!! Perfect story for a perfect couple!

  • Louise

    So lovely <3 Congrats guys!

  • Victor Hiemstra

    They get my vote. Dembo, you are making the rest of us look bad.

  • Megan

    Reading this beautiful proposal gave me goosebumps! Wishing you both all the best on your new adventure together! xx

  • Sandra Small

    What a lovely way to propose! I wish you an eternity of happiness!

  • Cara Nortman

    I still can’t get over this proposal, didn’t know Slim had it in him…. so happy for the two of you, you clearly bring out the SERIOUS romantic in him

  • Patrick Schneider

    What an amazing proposal ! Wouldn’t expect anything less for you my sister 🙂
    You guys are an amazing couple and mean so much to us and our 2 girls. Love you guys !

  • Giselle

    This is a beautiful, awesome and romantic end to casual dating, and the beginning of a wonderful life together as a married couple… may you be blessed by winning this competition! You guys deserve it!

  • Lynn Child

    Drama, romance and fireworks…sounds like a great love story has just begun!