How They Asked Platinum Proposal: Vanessa & Nathan
how we met
Our love story began in New York City, where the serendipitous opening of elevator doors led to plans for coffee. It was during that meeting I told Nathan about my work transfer to Sydney, from where I’d recently returned. Nathan (who was Australian and lived in Sydney before) saw this as the perfect opportunity to get to know me. Time must have been standing still, since what was meant to be a 30-minute catchup over flat whites between client meetings turned into hours of conversation and plans for a follow-up date.
After several months dating in NYC, we decided to move across the globe to Sydney, Australia, where I had a work opportunity I couldn’t refuse and Nathan could return to his home country. I knew I would regret not taking this opportunity and two years later, it’s turned into the best decision I’ve ever made. I am thankful to have Nathan by my side through it all and we’re grateful to have found our dream location in Manly Beach!
how they asked
After nearly two years living in Sydney, Nathan asked me to go on a picnic and coastal drive along the picturesque Northern Beaches (nothing unusual given we live steps away from the beach). We first stopped at Little Collins Beach (which is typically very quiet and secluded), but to Nathan’s despair it was teeming with people given the beautiful weather at the time; not quite the intimate moment he’d planned for! I didn’t think much of it at the time when he then suggested a short drive to the stunning Curl Curl Beach, where it was just us and a handful of other people in the far distance.
We ate snacks and talked for an hour. Then he asked me to stand up, looked me in the eyes, and said how happy I’ve made him over the past few years. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. We hugged, cried and shared this moment in such a beautiful and intimate way that I couldn’t have even dreamed of. As cliché as it may sound, we walked along the beach holding hands afterward basking in the sunlight and beach backdrop. We’re now planning a wedding in Hawaii and we couldn’t be more excited!
Nathan and I went ring shopping before our engagement and we knew the best choice would be to invest in a piece of jewelry that would stand the test of time. Platinum is rare, durable and is a true reflection of our relationship!
Bill Chen | PHOTOGRAPHER