When Matt Barnard decided to propose to his girlfriend of seven years, Olga, it was go big or go home.
Barnard, who posted the entire thing on his Imgur account, plotted a day she would remember forever, kicking it off by telling his girlfriend the bad news that he had been called into work on their special day.
“As an apology I gave her a trip to a day spa, where I had bought her a facial, manicure and massage,” Barnard wrote.
“The idea being it would give me a few hours to prepare, and if the is gonna have a pretty bit of metal on her hand, she will want to show people, so I should make her fingers pretty too.”
When Olga returned to her car, she found a note affixed to her steering wheel:
She arrived home to find the lunch Barnard had prepared, along with a bottle of French champagne and a large gift box:
Attached to the box was a letter containing instructions from Barnard:
Baranard had purchased his soon-to-be fiancee a brand new Ted Baker dress, Ted Baker shoes, lingerie and hosiery. While his girlfriend got ready, he was nervously waiting at Melbourne’s Edinburgh Gardens, sitting on the bench where they had their first kiss exactly seven years earlier.
The car dropped Olga off at the park, where she found Barnard suited up and ready to propose.
She said yes.
And then noticed the suitcases.
“Once she realises we are heading to Melbourne airport the questions start,” Barnard wrote.
“Where are we going? Are we going to Sydney? Don’t tell me. Malaysia? No, we wouldn’t be going that far. Wait, how long have you gotten me off work for? Where are we staying? No don’t tell me.”
After checking in to a flight for Sydney, the couple paused to take the obligatory photos of the ring, an Australian black sapphire with baguette cut diamonds that Barnard had custom designed.
Upon arrival at Sydney airport, a town car picked the couple up and whisked them away to five-star hotel the Sofitel Wentworth, where a friend had organised an upgrade. Barnard had made a dinner booking at upmarket restaurant Sepia, where the couple indulged in the degustation menu.
To cap it all off, Olga was woken the next morning with room service, breakfast in bed and hotel movies.
Evidently, the doting boyfriend’s plan was a success.
“I believe her quote at this point was “best day ever,”” Barnard wrote in his Imgur post.
All photos courtesy of Matt Barnard.