After dating for one year, a man named Terry gifted his girlfriend Anna with a handmade wooden necklace decorated with a shell. She wore it every day, no matter what she was doing, but it wasn’t until more than a year later that she realized what had been hiding inside the whole time.
According to the Independent, Terry crafted the unique piece of jewelry out of Tasmanian wood and gave it to Anna on their one-year anniversary in 2015. Then, the Australian couple spent another happy 18 months together. Eventually, Terry decided it was time to pop the question, and he took Anna on a romantic vacation to Scotland, where the pair had always wanted to visit a landmark called “Smoo Cave.”
Before gifting the necklace to Anna 18 months earlier, Terry, who wished for his surname to remain private, had hidden something very special inside — an engagement ring. Anna had worn the piece of jewelry every day since without ever realizing what it held.
“We wanted a nice photo so I set up my camera and tripod on a timer, and rushed in,” recalled Terry. “I took the necklace from my pocket, kneeled, broke it open and revealed that something was hidden inside the entire time. I had always loved the idea of giving someone a gift where they didn’t know its true value.”
In choosing the cave, the romantic was also lending the necklace an additional level of meaning, as Smoo Cave gets its name from an old Norse word for ‘hiding place.’
When Terry cracked open the necklace, he explained how a stunned Anna immediately said ‘yes,’ before adding: ‘But I could have lost it, you f***ing idiot!’
He quipped that her reaction was a mixture of ‘happy’ and ‘angry.’ [Source: Daily Mail]
“My biggest moment of panic was when we went through airport security the first time,” said Terry. “I hadn’t thought about the fact that she might be asked to put it through the X-Ray, which could have very quickly turned into an airport security proposal!”
Devising a unique, meaningful proposal can be a daunting task for any man, but Terry totally nailed it. The footage of his proposal has gone viral, racking up well over one million views in the month since it was first posted.
He and Anna plan to marry very soon. “We are hoping to buy a house with land so we can have the wedding at home with our friends and family, in a very relaxed fashion that we think matches us – rather than having a gigantic, glamorous wedding, which isn’t like us at all,” said Terry. We wish them all the love and happiness in the world as they prepare to spend the rest of their lives together.