Elena and Rick
How We Met
Rick and I met when we were studying in Otago. We were in the same marketing class and got put in the same marketing group for an assignment. It started from there really, and our relationship developed. We did do long distance for about a year, while Rick was playing Ice Hockey in France and Australia, and while I was still at University. We have been together now for just over 5 years.
We love the outdoors going for walks or runs. We love going up to my family holiday home in the Coromandel, or over to Waiheke. We enjoy fishing and going out on the water. We pretty much love doing everything together – we are best buddies.
How He Asked
We were in Queenstown for a long weekend and had planned to do a day trip on the Routeburn track, so we were staying in Glenorchy. We went on the walk early in the morning and planned to get right up to the Routeburn Falls hut and back in a day.
On the way back down, we pulled over to the side of the river, as we were quite tired, and Rick started acting strangely. As I stood up, Rick quickly got down on one knee and started a very sweet speech. I couldn’t quite believe it, it was very surreal but super special. And of course, I said yes :)