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Engaged! Congratulations to Eloise and Jesse

Eloise Cooper (Class of 2014) tells us her engagement story and how she almost spoiled the surprise.
9 Apr 2020
Written by Eloise Cooper
Weddings & Engagements
Jesse Ditchfield (Class of 2016) and Eloise Cooper (Class of 2014)
Jesse Ditchfield (Class of 2016) and Eloise Cooper (Class of 2014)

We got engaged on Sunday the 22nd of March. On the Saturday, the day before, Jesse suggested we have a late lunch on Sunday, which is very normal for us. He said to meet at his house at 3pm. On the Sunday Jesse was preparing his house to have friends back to celebrate the engagement. I somehow thought he said 2pm and turned up to his house an hour early. When I got to his house there were champagne glasses, extra chairs, all this food and I thought to myself… oh no I ruined the surprise…. he is obviously planning to propose today.
When I walked in, Jesse’s Mum was so convincing that they were having family friends over. She told me a whole story of what had happened and why they were coming over. I thought to myself ‘I have not ruined the surprise, it’s obviously not today’.

So we went to lunch in Manly. After lunch we went for a stroll to Shelley beach. Jesse was wearing extremely casual (sloppy) clothes so I thought to myself he will not propose today, just relax. Then he suggested watching the sunset at Freshwater beach. We arrived at a street in Freshwater to walk to one of the lookouts. He put on a nice button up shirt and nice shoes. I then got suspicious as it was strange to change outfits just to watch the sunset. Then as we walked down to the rock that we had been to a few times before, I was getting nervous thinking it could be now. As we got closer to the rock I could see a white rug, flowers and champagne set up and I knew he was going to propose.

It was such a beautiful afternoon! We spent time there enjoying the moment, drinking champagne and looking at the beautiful view. We then went back to his house to see family and close friends. Was the most special evening! Loved every minute. We are so excited to get married in December this year!

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