Vruchi: He took his sweet time! We had been dating for almost five and a half years by the time he got around to it.
Shankar: Even though we knew it was an all-okay from the parents; the first step for me was to ask for permission from Vruchi’s parents. I think it is an important step, and it creates a very special bond between you and the in-laws. Once I got their yes (tears and hugs included), I went ring shopping and started planning the proposal. I always knew I wanted to have the proposal photographed. This was one of the best days of my life and I love that we have photographs of ‘The moment’ to look back on.
Vruchi: I am the planner in the relationship. The organizer of everything. I love organizing fun dates to simple dinners, to maintaining our social calendar. Except for two days – our anniversary and my birthday. This is when he takes over completely. So in my head, it was always going to be likely that Shankar would propose on one of these days. However, one weekend in April, he casually mentioned if we wanted to double date with one of his friends. Being a double date, I, of course, I didn’t suspect anything.
Shankar: Everything was planned for the double date. Two weekends prior to the date, my best friends and I were driving around all of Sydney and beyond to find the perfect spot. We had to consider wet-weather options, places to hide and take photos, places that weren’t too obvious for Vruchi to guess or crowded. We even decided on code words to use on the day to let our friends know how far we would be from the proposal spot. We even went as far as doing a mock proposal to see if the photo angles would turn out to be OK.
Vruchi: The night before the alleged double date, his friends called us, saying they needed to cancel – something had come up, etc. It all seemed so genuine, unrehearsed, and normal, so I didn’t think anything of it.
Shankar: I was at this point counting on the fact that Vruchi as she usually does, will suggest that we go out anyway.
Vruchi: That’s exactly what I said, “We should go out anyway”!
Shankar: So I casually mentioned a brunch place I had been to at the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens. She was keen and, boom! The bait was set, she was hooked. All I needed to do was reel her in.
Vruchi: At this point, it felt like I’d arranged the date given it was my suggestion that we go out. So again, who would think I’d get proposed on a date I’ve organized!
Anyway, he drove me to Botanical Gardens in the city, we walked through the park and he took me to a gazebo. As soon as I walked inside the gazebo, music started to play – one of our favorite songs, (A song that I later chose as my bridal entrance on the aisle) and I knew this wasn’t any ordinary day. I walked further, and all across the garden, he had laid out some of our photos, all enlarged on canvases.
He had also laid out ‘Will you marry me’ in individual wooden letters from Typo. There were steps leading down to the garden, and on those steps, in the middle of the gazebo in Botanical Gardens, Shankar went down on his knees and popped the question. Everything was absolutely perfect, and I will never ever forget that day!
Shankar: By the way, she didn’t say yes straight away. For a good ten minutes, she just cried while I just sat there perched on my knee! Haha.