Phillip tells all ...
Before shopping for my fiancée’s engagement ring, I had in mind to get something classy, elegant and fairly simple. She hadn’t given me too many hints about what style of ring she’d like, but I knew she wasn’t a huge fan of bling, so I didn’t want to get anything too ‘busy’. I did a little research online firstly to see what styles were out there. I also went to a few stores as well, but nothing really stood out. I came across Starfire by chance while driving along Oxford St, so I decided to stop and check out what was in store. Jeni talked me through the different sizes and styles of diamonds on the first visit, and when I left that day I pretty much had my mind made up about what ring to get.
I kept the ring in a secret spot in my office – tucked in between some comic books, where I knew Nicola wouldn’t look! The proposal itself was planned a couple of months in advance. We had organised a weekend away in a little chalet in Maleny to celebrate our 7-year anniversary. I wanted to keep it pretty low-key and personal – just between the two of us. I asked her to marry me while we were having wine and cheese by the fireplace."
That weekend away was one of the happiest in my life. To be honest, I thought he might use the opportunity to propose at some point during the holiday, since it did seem like pretty perfect timing for us. I didn’t really expect how happy it would make me to suddenly be able to call him my ‘fiancée’ though.
I still remember the moment perfectly: we were having a bit of a slow dance by the fire when he got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. We spent the rest of the night laugh-crying and watching some terrible movie with wine and cheese. I couldn’t stop staring at my shiny new ring!