School teacher, 25, hires a photographer to introduce her girlfriend in Sydney Harbor … but her partner EXACTLY has the same idea
- Courtney Callahan, 25, and Steffani Smith, 31, met one evening for teachers' showers in Florida, United States
- The couple became quick friends before they officially announced their relationship a little over two years ago in 2017
- In July they decided to take a trip to Sydney, Australia, and have professional photos taken
- Courtney decided to use the moment to make a proposal, but she did not know that Steffani had organized the same
Courtney Callahan and Steffani Smith planned a trip to Australia in July hoping to enjoy some of the iconic sights of Sydney Harbor.
But for another reason, it became memorable when the Florida-based couple booked a photographer and individually decided to introduce each other without the other person knowing.
It was English teacher Courtney, 25, who originally chose Mrs. Macquarie's chair as the ultimate place to ask the question, after finding photographer Averi Gerberding, 27, on Airbnb.
& # 39; We were talking about engagement and at this point our trip to Australia was already planned and booked & # 39 ;, Courtney told FEMAIL.
Courtney Callahan (right) and Steffani Smith (back) planned a trip to Australia in July hoping to enjoy some of the iconic sights of Sydney Harbor
& # 39; I had the opportunity to make a proposal in a nice place, so I went for it. We were planning to do a photo shoot in Sydney, just to take beautiful pictures, but my plan was to introduce Steffani as our photographer along with Averi. & # 39;
After he had sent an email to Averi to confirm the secret plan, the photographer received another message, and this time it was from Steffani, 31, wondering if she could possibly press a proposal into their session.
She wanted to introduce a week in their journey as they traveled along the Great Ocean Road, but thought that photography day could be an easier approach.
& # 39; My first e-mail to Averi said: "I am contacting you because I want to surprise Courtney and make a proposal during our shoot with you. I am looking for some ideas or places that could cause the perfect show location and of course you have the moment captured with photos & # 39; s, "said Steffani.
Steffani (left) wanted to introduce a week in their journey as they traveled along the Great Ocean Road, but thought the photography day could be a simpler approach
& # 39; I thought Sydney had & # 39; n iconic architecture and would be a nice backdrop for the perfect proposal. & # 39;
Averi was struck by the double emails, but was determined not to spoil the surprise.
So she convinced both ladies to make a proposal to Mrs. Macquarie's chairman, with Courtney as the first. Steffani faced her friend when Courtney sat down on one knee on July 6.
Averi put her camera on her face and waited.
The moment! & # 39; I remember the whole moment I felt it was in slow motion and I found it hard to find words & # 39 ;, said Courtney (left)
And again! Steffani (right) was just nervous on the frosty morning shoot and barely slept & # 39; the night before & # 39;
& # 39; I remember the whole moment that I felt it was in slow motion and I was having trouble putting words out, & # 39; Courtney said.
& # 39; I believe that all I said was: & # 39; Hello darling, I love you, will you marry me? & # 39; in a very slow and long way. After she said yes, I said something like: "Okay, I think I should do this on your finger. Where should I put the ring box?"
Steffani was just as nervous at the frosty morning shoot and had barely slept the night before & # 39 ;.
Averi & # 39; s photos & # 39; s capture the moment when the ladies expressed their love for each other and exchanged rings
What did the rings look like in the end?
Courtney & # 39; s ring is set in 14K yellow gold. It is a pear shape with a halo of diamonds around its main diamond. Her band also has small diamonds that surround it.
The Steffani ring is in platinum. It is a round diamond in a basket with a baguette diamond on each side of the main diamond.
& # 39; When the time came, I was so overwhelmed because Courtney had just introduced me. I am pretty sure that I said something like: "I have been with you every day. I have managed to fall in love more. I love the time we spend together and that you are my best friend, my partner in crime, my ride or die and I can't wait to grow old with you & # 39 ;, & # 39; she said.
Averi & # 39; s photos & # 39; s capture the moment when the ladies expressed their love for each other and exchanged rings.
Although they have not decided where to tie the knots, they certainly consider & # 39; certainly & # 39; a destination marriage.
& # 39; Who knows, maybe Australia is the place. We loved our trip and became enthusiastic about it to our families and friends, & Courtney said.
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