Thursday, February 14, 2013

Romance Blossoms in the Heart of Brisbane

Happy Valentine's Day to all our lovely BD brides out there! What better day to share an extremely romantic, fairytale-like proposal story to you than today…

A romantic pre-Valentine’s Day surprise proposal delighted onlookers in Brisbane’s King George Square yesterday. The event was the culmination of a competition held by B105 FM to find a man confident enough to propose in a very public way. That man proved to be Barry-John Freeme (B. J.) who, helped by his sister, arranged for Carla De Vincenzo, his unsuspecting partner, to arrive in the square at 12 noon yesterday, St. Valentine’s Day eve. 

Disguised as a busker, B. J. stood behind an astonished Carla as she was first flash mobbed by thirty B105 staff members lip synching to Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’, followed by a marching pipe band and an exuberant cheer squad.

But the surprises were far from over. Announcing a ‘breaking story’, Channel 7’s Brisbane news anchor Bill McDonald appeared on the square’s giant TV screen to introduce a pre-recorded speech by B. J.

The romance factor escalated dramatically as B. J. told Carla just how much he loved her and wanted to share his life with her. Completely amazed, Carla then turned to find that the ‘busker’ had shed his disguise and dropped to one knee in front of the enraptured crowd who cheered loudly when an emotional Carla said "yes".

To mark the occasion, B. J. presented Carla with a $10,000 diamond engagement ring donated by Argyle Jewellers.

The couple’s love story began some eighteen months ago when they met through an online dating site. The chemistry was instant and they very quickly became inseparable. Although they had discussed the possibility of marriage, the bride-to-be confessed that she had absolutely no idea that a proposal was on the horizon.

In a funny twist, Carla said that she had known about the B105 competition and was disappointed when B. J. had apparently shown no interest in entering.

The pair are talking of a wedding in one of the most romantic countries in the world, Italy. Stay tuned as we follow this couple on their amazing journey from engagement to marriage. And don't forget to take a look at the photos from this special event below.

Wishing you a day filled with much love and happiness!… Anna

B.J. Getting ready in his 'busker' disguise
Carla watches on as the marching band play

Out pops B.J. from under his clever disguise!
She said YES!

The very happy couple
The stunning ring by Argyle Jewellers
Photography/story by Amanda McWhinnie.