Chamal's Wedding Proposal
When I spoke to Chamal about his proposal to his girlfriend of three years Subha he told me his love story! The two met at Church and had said that he knew she was the one the moment he laid eyes on her. Chamal had told me that in his culture (Sri Lankan) you do not start to date a person unless you have intentions of marrying that person, that my friends is total commitment.
Chamal had help with Subha's sister regarding the Engagement ring, and my goodness what a BLING! He had found this Jeweller based in Melbourne who was also the Jeweller of Subha's Sister when she got engaged. He showed me the photo from his iphone proudly showing off the ring he chose.
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Originally I was going to photograph his proposal in the Hot Air Balloon at the Hunter Valley, but because of the time (05:45 am call out time) and the restriction of the venue is was quite impossible to get near the couple and where he would do it. Instead he opt to do it at The Crown Plaza, Hunter Valley Gazebo where the whole family stayed the night for Subha's Dad's Birthday Celebration (wink wink).
The lucky couple won the Hot Air Balloon Flight (not really!) as far as Subha's concerned, Chamal played it right where If he would randomly tell Subha that they will be going on a Hot Air Balloon flight she would suspect that something's going on. Instead Chamal talked to the reception of Crown Plaza, Hunter Valley about his plans and conveniently when the two checked in the hotel the night before they won a ticket for two for the Balloon Flight, with all the legit coupon done by the hunter valley staff! While the two had gone for their flight for Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning, Subha's Family decorated the Gazebo quickly.
Chamal also wanted to give Subha a dozen Red Roses with Babies Breath and have no clue how to go about it. I offered to help him out outsource Wedding Vendors that could help us deliver the flowers without Subha knowing it. I contacted several Florist around the Hunter Valley Region (including some that I have networked before) but sadly no one responded promptly except for Marsha of Flowers by Marsha. I have talked to her about what it was for and she was nothing less than amazing arranging everything with no hesitation in helping us execute the perfect Proposal.
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After their Balloon experience the two had Buffet Breakfast at The Crown and Chamal was going to take her for a walk towards the Gazebo where I will be waiting to document him kneeling down on one knee and ask her to be his wife! Such and intense moment, but I think once she saw the flowers she knew what was going to happen....that was when I moved in a bit closer together with her family to witness the romantic moment.
As we were setting up the Gazebo I have noticed that there was a guitar as a prop, I asked Subha's Father who plays? He responded that Chamal does and he quite a good singer as well. It was quite an emotional morning and families were wiping tears and I can't help it but get teary as well. I am so lucky to have found a career that allows me to witness lots of Happy Ever After! The couple plans to wed in 2020 to make sure they have a lot of preparations as there will be family coming from overseas to witness their union! Congratulations to Chamal and Subha......OF COURSE SHE SAID YES!!!