Well this is rather a late posting – a well after the fact blog but definitely a worthy posting I think.
Back in August we had our friends visiting from Sydney Australia. They started out as guests the previous November but after a glass or two or wine – or was it a bottle or two??…… and lots of talk about cameras and photography a friendship was formed and they returned this time for a week rather than just a night.
We did some exploring – biking and hiking and Stephen took Chris out to a couple of his favourite photography spots. A secret was shared – Chris wanted to propose to Nell while here on their NZ holiday.
Excitement, excitement, excitement – where would be the best place for the proposal. Chris was keen to get our input – where did we think would make the most impressive proposal sight. Our two favourite spots would be the Motukeikei rocks or Mt George – decisions, decisions.
Stephen and Chris headed off on a reconnaissance trip with cameras in hand of course – to check out the rocks as a location. It is an ideal photography location but would it be romantic and dramatic enough for the proposal.
Liking the idea of Mt George but unsure on their current fitness capabilities and the weather we decided to play Mt George by air. We knew we could get part way up and still get some good coastal views and Chris could get a feel for the area to know whether to continue on up or not. Well there was no stopping Nell – unaware of what was possibly planned at the top, she was on a mission – to the top or not at all!
The views are worth it alone and there were smiles all round for mission accomplished. But what about Chris’s mission for the day – would he ask the question here or not. I had come prepared just in case carrying up a bottle of Moet and some champagne glasses. Chris of course had come prepared with the engagement ring….. we waited…….
Finally, down on bended knee, catching Nell completely unawares Chris asked Nell to marry her. It was SOOOOO exciting. Thankfully Nell said Yes – well of course. There were tears, smiles and lots of laughter, especially when Nell turned to face us to find a glass of champagne ready and waiting. Well rewarded for the effort of the hike up the mountain and a great way to celebrate the fantastic occasion.
Mt George – on the top of the world – what a place for a proposal.
The day wasn’t over yet though – we then headed into Greymouth to Monteiths Brewery for a late celebrational lunch and to give Nell and Chris a change to phone all their friends and family back in Australia.
Next stop – Bail for the wedding. Can’t wait. Congratulations guys – looking forward to the next big celebration.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoying exploring the many wonders that make up the West Coast – voted by Lonely Planet for 2014 as one of the top ten regions in the world to visit. Make sure you add it to your list.