I witness some pretty wonderful magic moments in this job... But this just takes the cake!
I received a message from Chey about a month or so ago, her idea was simple, find an epic spot, propose to her partner in crime Sophie, get a photographer to sneakily capture it all. The only thing was, they'd be travelling from Australia and had never been to Piha before. Challenge accepted.
Chey knew she wanted it to be atop lions rock. I warned her of the climb, the unstable cliff faces and fallen away pathways, the steep vertical climb near a 30 feat drop... I sent video footage of myself climbing it all to prepare her for the challenge that would await if she decided to go ahead... She messaged back "its perfect". And off I went on a mission to find the perfect hiding spot (which I found in some nearby flax bushes)
The game was set, I marked out an "x" with some sticks to perfectly mark out where Chey was to stand when she dropped the knee. Now all we had to do was wait... Oh and Chey had to spend the next hour an a half convincing and coaching Sophie to the top because... oh yeah, she has a fear of heights and there was "no way I'm climbing up there"
With proper convincing from Chey, they made it! And as I creeped around in the flax bushes my heart raced with anticipation watching Cheys face and she waited to catch her breath, take a few selfies, set Sophie in place, hug her hard, breath deeply, and forget everything she had planned to say! She gave me the signal, and I popped up out of the bushes almost simultaneously as Chey dropped her knee! Sophie, still shook from the climb she reluctantly embarked on, was now completely speechless. Her face lit up with pure joy and love... And yes! She said Yes!
It was such a beautiful moment to be apart of. And Im so happy for these two as they embark on their next journey together! Hopefully this one requires less hikes up unstable cliffs ;P Although, it was Totally worth it!