Gabriella and Adam
How We Met
Here’s a bit of background on our story: My beautiful boy’s mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 2 years ago and has been living with us for about a year and a half now. He has been her full time carer while still working tirelessly on his own media business. He recently got his mother sponsored on a trip around Europe to fulfil her last wish. He has brought so much awareness to the Alzheimer’s community and has fought for his mum’s wellbeing and happiness day in and day out.
He has had an incredibly emotional year and has carried the weight of his family on his shoulders. In the midst of caring for his mum and little boy, he planned the most beautiful marriage proposal to me.
We met at Jellie Park AquaticCentre about 2 and a half years ago. I’ve told him so many times that I would see him once a week to teach his wee boy and think, “Maybe in another perfect life, we could work, but not this life.” He had other plans.
He made me feel like a princess and found an elaborate way to get in touch with me. We started going to the gym together and I fell head over heels for him. We both promised from the beginning we would be there for each other no matter what and he continued to go above and beyond for his mum, little boy, and me and my love for him grew.
He was always so involved and caring about his little boy and always pushed him to try his best.
He was there for me too. From the very beginning, he would say, “I can see you. I know you’re hiding yourself because you’ve been hurt but I can see you.” He would surprise me with lunch and we would go out to the beach and talk and listen to music for hours and we became inseparable.
We have already had so many adventures together and I am looking forward to more!
How He Asked
Recently things at home have been challenging but we talk about our wedding to remind ourselves that better days are coming. I never thought I would be getting engaged to the love of my life this year.
I was pulled into a meeting at 4pm on Monday the 21st of December to allow for the proposal to be set up. It was the hottest day on record in December here so being at the pool was perfect! As soon as I got pulled out of the meeting by my best friend who had flown in specially to help with the elaborate proposal and heard our friend Te singing our song, I knew my life had changed. He proposed to me where we met and told me that from the beginning, I had been his strength and his rock and he couldn’t imagine living his life without me. All our friends and family were there and I couldn’t have been happier. We were on the front page of the paper the next day and he made the most beautiful video.
And of course I said yes! Please enjoy the video and feel free to share.