Nadine and Pierre

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Nadine & Pierre

[dropcap color=”rosy”]A[/dropcap]fter I had completed my Masters degree I took some time off and was travelling abroad for 5 months on my own. At the time my (now) fiancé, Pierre, and I had been dating for almost 6 years and I was confident that our relationship was strong enough to handle a few months separation and so was he. I should mention that in the six years we were dating it had been obvious to both of us from very early on that we would get married one day. It was me who always put it off and telling him not to propose because I was not ready yet (I felt I needed to finish my degree first and start working full time etc).

The plan was that I would travel for a couple of months and that he would meet me in Thailand to go scuba diving over new years. So off I went on my trip and all went well and you can imagine my excitement when we re-united in Bangkok after not seeing each other for 4 months. After spending a couple of days in Bangkok we flew to Phuket where we had planned to go diving. On the second day in Phuket we decided to do an “island hopping & snorkeling” day trip. So in the morning we climbed aboard a tourist-infested boat and headed towards Maya beach (the beach from the movie The Beach). In the bay of Maya beach was the first stop to go snorkeling. Keen to see the fishies we were the first to jump in the water and swam away from the crowds of people splashing about around the boat. We must’ve been about 30 m away from the boat minding our own business when an angry little Thai man came paddling towards us in his canoe and told us to not go so far from the boat. So, the goodie-two-shoes I am I called out to my boyfriend who had swam further away to return to the boat. He said that I should swim further out to him to see what he had found. Worried about the angry man in the canoe I told him that we should rather return to the boat before he comes back and shouts at us again. But my insisted I come and see what he found under water. At this point I was thinking what’s the point of swimming all the way over to him, by the time I get there, the random fish or crab he found will be gone anyway, and the man in the canoe may get more irritated. So I insisted we should rather return to the boat. Then Pierre got a little agitated and told me to just swim to him now. I still had no idea what was coming. So while getting a little annoyed that he’s now so agitated (we were on holiday after all) I swam over to him. At a shallow point where he was waiting he pointed under water and said “look what I found”. I had a look and saw a little treasure chest on a rock formation under water. Totally oblivious to what was about to happen I snapped a picture of it and swam away again thinking it was some sillly toy someone had lost in the ocean and wondering why I had to swim over to Pierre just to see that. Then he pulled me back and said I should have another look. By that time from lifting my head in and out of the water, my snorkeling mask had fogged up and I could not see anything. He took the little treasure chest and told me to take off my mask and opened the treasure chest which had the ring in it. At this point, I then finally understood what was going on. He asked me to marry him right there and then floating around in the middle of the ocean. Now that was unexpected. After 20 minutes of saying nothing and just starring at him and the ring and dealing with the millions of thoughts in my head, he said I still haven’t given him an answer. I then obviously said YES. Then we swam back to the boat hand in hand and climbed back on the boat and secretly shared our big moment together.

We now joke that I did not have a choice other than to say yes because otherwise he would have left me there to drown. It all came at such a surprise, but what a nice surprise it was, once I finally got the drift of what was going on. He had carried the ring on him for days and that whole morning on the boat worrying that he would lose it. He had especially bought a new pair of boardshorts with a pocket large enough to hold the treasure chest so I would not notice. Just the fact that he made the decision to ask me to become his wife without me nagging him or pressuring  him but because he wanted to and organizing the ring without me and planning a unique way of proposing just makes it all that much more amazing and special. Also, he is a serious work-aholic so the fact that he took the time to plan all of this made the surprise even bigger.

Luckily because we were out and about I had my camera with me, so I have pictures of the whole thing happening (which is a good thing because I cannot remember half the things that happened between him showing me the treasure chest and me saying yes).

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  • nadine

    Yay, so excited our story made it into the next round, please leave a comment to vote for us.

  • Anika Delicio

    Absolutely love it, definitely the most romantic proposal 🙂

  • Robin Pocock

    What an amazing proposal! This one has my vote 🙂 <3

  • Tim

    Congrats Pierre. What an awesome and romantic proposal!

  • Alet

    Most well thought through proposal ever, and so well executed! And might I add that Pierre was soooo excited about this and boasted to a selected crowd about the ring and his romantic plan. Love it!

  • lars

    herzlichen glückwunsch! das ist eine echt süße geschichte! 🙂

  • Janin

    Too Sweet!!!!

  • Michelle Hoogenhout

    What a beautiful proposal!

  • Debby Rodrigues-Müller

    We wish you all the best from switzerland!! 🙂

  • Christiane

    Aaaaw ;))

  • Susan

    Wonderful story!

  • Margrit

    I think this was the most romantic proposal, under water, treasure chest…… soooo cool.

  • Claire Corbett

    Nice Nadine! I hadn’t heard the story yet – super cute x

  • Katharine James

    I’ve heard this story before but loved reading about it again – so sweet and special. You guys are soul mates 🙂 Hope you win xx

  • Laurian Grace

    Love this story, so thoughtful! xx

  • 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.

  • margie peters

    Heart warming, very romantic!!

  • Brandon Berghoff

    You know when something is really really awful? This proposal was the polar opposite of that! Such an amazing story!

  • Michelle

    Beautiful story for a beautiful couple. You two will share a lifetime of happiness. xxx

  • Hans & Annette

    We are divers too, with 100 dives each of us. We tried to celebrate a wedding anniversary with a bottle of “sparkling” under water, but the cork refused. Never mind, water proposals and under water celebrations are the most romantic ever.

  • Sarah

    soooo romantic … can`t wait to see you and celebrate your big day.

  • Silver

    gut gemacht Pierre,ihr könnt ja nur gewinnen.

  • Marcel

    Romantischer geht es wohl nicht! Toll.

  • Rene

    All I can say is wow

  • Kristie

    That is so cool, best proposal ever!!! Xxx

  • nessie

    wuhuuuuuuu go nutsi and pierre

  • Nadine

    Soooo romantisch, davon werdet ihr noch euren Enkeln erzählen!

  • Nicolina

    Very exotic and creative! Nadine, I’m so glad you didn’t leave Pierre to drown 😉

  • Michelle Forst

    Congrats you guys!

  • Niel

    All I can say is: Awesome! You’ve got my vote! ^_^

  • Alicia

    Such a lovely story!! Congrats! 🙂

  • Kathy

    What a wonderful proposal – romance love and laughter – I wish you all the happiness together

  • Marcel

    Hey you two, that is indeed a lovely story! Wishing you all the best for the future!

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