Neal & Latha – Melbourne, VIC
Neal and I connected virtually in the middle of 2020, shortly before Melbourne plunged into its second and toughest lockdown. Our connection was instant – within days, we were having deep conversations about our hopes for the future and the kind of life we sought to build with our significant other. Connecting in the middle of lockdown, we refused to be that couple who met on a “walking date” for the first time. And so, we decided to meet over a “real date” when restrictions eased….
We texted constantly, and chatted on the phone any chance we had, hoping that we’d get our ideal first date soon enough. Melbourne had other plans for us though, and so after about 2 months of virtual communication, we conceded that it was time to put our chemistry to the test in person. We braved our first date, clad in masks and running shoes in true pandemic-style, circling laps around Royal Park, wishing we didn’t have to adhere to the 2-hour restriction on outdoor exercise. The date went far better than we anticipated and as the saying goes, the rest is history!
Neal tricked me into believing we had a corporate cocktail event to attend with his colleagues. He even got one of his colleagues to create an Outlook Event to aid his ruse, leaving me none the wiser. Neal had booked out a penthouse suite in Prahran with sensational skyline views of Melbourne and went all out with a stylist and a professional photographer to set the scene. I was absolutely blown away by the set-up and could not believe the lengths he went to surprise me. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the city skyline at sunset, it was the easiest “yes” of my life. Moreover, he got my sister to fly in from Singapore for the big day, leaving me in tears, followed by a surprise dinner with some of our closest friends. Honestly, it was the best day ever!
Photography: SVR Photography (Shanuk Rubera)
Styling: Perfect Proposals AU
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