This love story starts in Victoria, with Alex from Gippsland and Emily from East Melbourne. Both keen for adventure (and ok, with a little bit of help from Tinder) the conversation was open and they felt an instant connection. Living more than 100 kilometres apart, the next level seemed a little out of reach. However, fate had other ideas and a month later, they both found themselves out with friends in Melbourne and arranged to meet up. The scene was set, the Emerson hotel. Alex recalls, “I distinctly remember when Em came down the steps onto the footpath, and I saw her from across the crowd of people. It sounds cliched but it felt like a movie because everyone else simply disappeared.” And the rest, as they say, is history.
Now a couple, “During the summer of 2021, we decided we needed a holiday after enduring the exhausting year of 2020 and all of the struggles that Covid brought,” continued Alex. “We decided on a road trip, travelling for five weeks from the Gold Coast to Port Douglas. We enjoyed our newfound freedom, soaking up the gorgeous scenery. For the most part we travelled in a camper van but when we reached Port Douglas, we decided to treat ourselves to a beautiful resort, the Pullman Sea Temple. As first-time visitors, we fell in love with the resort, the destination, the weather in June, it was simply gorgeous and we knew we would be back.”
A proposal came shortly afterwards. “Em had told me that they were going to a friend’s lunch in the city.” shared Alex. “When we arrived at ‘lunch’, Em had stopped walking and pointed out where we were standing, right outside the steps of The Emerson Hotel. The place we had first met and where Em first told me she loved me; it was so romantic. Em dropped to one knee, with a proposal she presented a ring, all captured by a hidden photographer. I was so surprised, but I immediately said,
“Yes.” After all, I had known from the very first moment I had laid eyes upon her that she was going to be the love of my life.”