How did we meet?
I went on a dream trip to study a post-graduate program in Urban Studies at the prestigious Columbia University in New York and then later in Paris. Little did I know, the adventure would see me meeting the man of my dreams who would change her life forever. I met Heinz during one of my studio presentations and we kept bumping into each other until it was time to call it and finally go on a date already!
We ended up on a date of a lifetime at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was a Fine Arts major, so we talked for hours on end about art, cities, and design and our love for New York City. Needless to say, we had a lot in common and the date lasted about 8 hours! After a couple of months of dating long-distance, he flew to Paris and surprised me on Valentines’ Day. From then on I knew that what we had was very special and he was someone I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”
How we are as a couple?
Despite our very common interests both professionally and personally, we are quite different in personality. Heinz is the dreamer, but I think I keep him grounded. He is goofy and silly and brings out the more playful side in me. He is really sporty and outdoorsy and I’m well…let’s just say that I’m trying ‘new things’ all the time. We are both quite creative, impulsive and spontaneous and on a whim will travel and get away or do something to surprise each other which makes things fun and interesting!
How he proposed?
After I returned home from her year abroad, Heinz moved all the way down to Melbourne to be with me. Not long after, he planned a thoughtful surprise proposal at Sam’s favorite neighborhood park, Victoria Gardens in Prahran. The parks are where my sister and I played growing up and I grew quite fond of as it’s a real sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street. I had no idea it was going to happen, I thought we were going on a picnic with friends and as we arrived at the ‘spot’ I saw flowers and luminaries and picnic rug set up, and I still didn’t realize that it was all for me!
He gave me a hand-illustrated book of our story, with pictures of all the places we had been to, and it ended with a drawing of my ring with the last line of a poem that he wrote me when I left New York which is very special to me..’Despite the places we may roam, I am yours and you are my home’.
He had it inscribed inside my ring. Of course, I said ‘yes’ and then my sister and her friends suddenly jumped out of the bushes screaming with excitement as they had gone there earlier and set up the ‘spot’. It was really funny and memorable!