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Shannon Takes The Lead

I was a true city girl from New Zealand while Kurt was the quintessential Australian country boy. My mother and Kurt’s sister were working together in Australia when Kurt noticed my photo on mum’s desk and commented that I was ‘a bit of alright’, at the time mum laughed and said there was no way he could handle me, his response – ‘you’ll see’.

As fate would have it later that year I decided to resign my job in New Zealand and move to Australia.

Once I arrived, I found it to be a big adjustment so Kurt reached out and helped me to settle into a new country and new routine – within two months of seeing each other, we had moved in together.

To celebrate our four year anniversary we planned a trip to the romantic Spicers Hidden Vale in Grandchester QLD, the perfect combination of relaxed luxury for me and secluded rural location for him, all within a stone’s throw from Brisbane.

One night we wandered down to the retreat’s restaurant for a lovely three course meal and chatted about how it would be the perfect place for a wedding. During the course of the conversation I made a comment that I would never do a public proposal – little did I know Kurt was sounding me out and he took this to mean that I would say no if he asked!

Shannon and Kurt's Marriage Proposal

Over time my love for Kurt had continued to grow and I knew that I wanted to grow old with him. I’m not really a traditional girl, so I had been thinking about proposing to him for a while and in that moment decided that this would be the perfect opportunity.

Once we got back to our room I got down on one knee and proposed, he thought I was joking at first but once he realised I was serious he happily agreed!

We now have plans to get married next year at Spicers Hidden Vale, in the same place we got engaged!