Some are private, others are public. Some are expected while others seem to drop out of the blue. Proposals. They’re as unique as the couples getting engaged and they make for good reading…
Kristy & Justin
Kristy Hammelswang and her partner Justin Bland were on an overseas family holiday cruising The Bahamas with her parents, great aunt, brother and daughters when Justin popped the question.
On the day of the proposal they were one of the first groups to take a tender boat to Little San Salvador Island where the cruise ship staff offloaded a delicious lunch and plenty of alcohol.
“We followed a bunch of them through to the main beach, Half Moon Cay, settled on two sets of covered cabana chairs and made a mad dash for the clearest blue water I’ve ever seen in my life,” Kristy says.
The only person missing in the water was Justin, who’d grabbed the first bar guy carrying buckets of beer and downed two Bud Lights straight up even though it was only 9.30am.
“I sat down on the chair in our cabana and fidgeted about with the ring in my pocket,” Justin says. “I had to eventually get Kristy’s dad Kev to get the girls out of the water so I could take them for a walk down the end of the bay before too many tourists showed up. When we neared the end of the main beach, there was a little white pergola and I pulled Tia and Ava back to tell them I was about to propose to Kristy, hoping they wouldn’t give it away (they didn’t).
“When I caught up to Kristy, I felt an overwhelming calmness come over me – it was perfect, it felt right and this was it. I got down on my right knee and mumbled every single word I’d planned to say but she knew and said yes!”
Ashlie & Joel
Joel Townson was planning to ask his girlfriend Ashlie to marry him on Christmas Eve or on their trip away to Airlie Beach but when, after four weeks of waiting, he got the call to confirm Ashlie’s ring had been finished he couldn’t wait.
“When she finished work (Ashlie is a personal assistant to the leadership team at St Anthony’s Catholic College) I had to give it to her,” Joel says, adding that their fur babies Kendrick and Tyga (French bulldogs x pugs) were there for moral support.
“When she least expected it I got down on one knee while she prepared champagne in our newly built home,” Joel says. “Seeing her reaction was satisfying. She couldn’t believe I chose the ring myself – she never expected something so out there.”
The yellow gold ring from Michael Hill Jewellers has a circle of diamonds in the centre topped with a diamond in the middle and diamonds down both sides too. “The ring, the emotions, the shock all came so quickly and I burst into tears and grabbed him and said YES,” says 25-year-old Ashlie. “Having him ask in the kitchen of our very newly built home in Cosgrove also made it incredible.
“Next is the big step of planning our wedding and starting our very own family.”
Cianna & Dean
After the end of a long-term relationship, Cianna wasn’t looking for a husband when she met Dean McLachlan – she was just after a ballroom dance partner.
“I’d given up on love and was focusing on me and my interests, so I sent out a message asking for a dance partner and Dean replied,” Cianna says.
“He was handsome, fun, entertaining and charming – easily sweeping me off my feet.”
Cianna’s interest in dancing was soon replaced by supporting Dean in his interest – professional wrestling. It wasn’t long before Dean started the Queensland Wrestling Alliance and for the opening show he had grand plans…
“I’ve always been a huge wrestling fan and in 1992 the Macho Man Randy Savage got married on screen to Miss Elizabeth wearing a suit that made my eyes light up,” Dean says.
“So I contacted my seamstress and she agreed to do her best to replicate it. Between sketches and screen grabs from Youtube and over 100 metres of white ribbon I think she did a fantastic job!”
When Cianna stepped in the ring to sell some merchandise she got a surprise to hear Macho Man’s music start and smoke begin billowing in.
“Then Dean stepped out wearing a golden suit with white ribbon tassels and a hat with golden sequins,” Cianna recalls. “He got down on one knee and and asked me to marry him in front of a crowded audience. Then he introduced my sister and her boyfriend who he’d flown up from Brisbane to celebrate the occasion. My life is an adventure with him and I’m so glad he asked me to be be his wife.”
Sloane & Jeremy
When Sloane and Jeremy Ness first discussed marriage, he told her that when he proposed, she’d never expect it and it’d be something big. He was right on both counts. “I hatched a plan to get Skydive Townsville to pretend Sloane and her sister Lisette had won a ‘Twin Skydive Promo’ and it worked a treat,” Jeremy says. “Sloane and I work in the same building and she came up to my desk bouncing after she received the call advising she’d won the promo!”
In the days before the skydive Jeremy had to make excuses to get out of the house as Alison from Skydive Townsville and the couple’s friend Andrew helped him paint a 15m x 1.5m banner with the words ‘Sloane, Marry Me?’.
On the day of the jump, Sloane and Lisette were driven off to complete the skydive, giving Jeremy time to set up red carpets, tables, chairs, champagne and the banner.
“As my twin and I landed from our skydive, we were met with camera’s blazing and an applauding audience filled with family, friends and Strand-goers,” Sloane says.
“We took our seats and sipped on our well-deserved champas, feeling like celebrities as we were being interviewed by Sky Dive Townsville for the ‘Twins Promo’. Or so I thought… The interview abruptly halted and I was ushered by the camera man to turn around to see ‘something’ behind me.
“That’s when I heard an uproar and turned to see family and friends holding up a ‘Sloane, Marry Me?’ banner. For the first time in my life, I was lost for words and my eyes followed another red carpet where I saw Jeremy, my dog Busta and my dad standing by his side at the end of it.
“In complete shock, I walk towards Jeremy and he bends on one knee and proposes. I say ‘YES!!!’ and he says ‘The entire day was planned by me, my love’.”
Chantelle & Justin
Chantelle didn’t take it too seriously when a psychic told her two big changes were coming up in her life, although when her partner Justin O’Neill was asked to join the Cowboys and move to Townsville not long after it was an interesting ‘coincidence’.
Not sure when they’d be able to get away again once they moved to Townsville, Chantelle organised a Fiji New Year’s Eve escape for her and Justin.
“I arranged everything so a proposal was the last thing on my mind,” Chantelle says.
“We were having a really heavenly holiday with lots of little day tours with mud baths and waterfalls and other touristy things. And for New Year’s Eve we’d booked to join a gala dinner at the Hilton where we were staying. There were tables all around the oceanfront with marquees offering different types of cuisine.
“I was taking photos of the 9pm fireworks and had my back to Justin when has asked if I thought moving to Townsville was one of the big changes the psychic had foretold. ‘Yeah I guess,’ I said, not really paying attention.
“Then he said, ‘Well I’ve got the second big change for you…’ I think I subconsciously knew he was proposing but I didn’t want to turn around in case he wasn’t. When I finally turned around and saw him on one knee I immediately started crying from happiness.”
Chantelle and Justin were married on 9 January 2016 and had their daughter, Giselle, on 27 September.
Elyce & Stevie
King Social band member Stevie Mitchell had a sneaky plan to propose to his long-time love Elyce when they were on Magnetic Island… and family and friends were in on it.
“We were staying on the island with my mum, brother and our two friends; Tim and Teish when they convinced me to go for a walk down Geoffrey Bay,” Elyce says.
“Halfway through everyone started to bail – my brother needed cigarettes, Tim needed to use the toilet and Teisha ran back to the house to get her camera. Stevie continued to lead me down to the beach where my brother had snuck off to lay out a blanket and position a wrapped present and some Champagne.
“It wasn’t until I opened the present that I realised what was happening. Stevie had wrapped a photo frame with a ring inside and a message that said ‘You’re already as crazy as a Mitchell, so hurry up, say yes and let’s make it official – will you marry me?’.
“We got married in June last year at the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms and we’re just about to buy a house.”