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Feb. 5th, 2010 09:50 pm
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Luke proposed to me this evening at twilight.

I said yes. Of course. :)

We had a picnic at Karori cemetery, which was amazing in and of itself. We sat under a tree that had 4 tuis feeding and singing in a pohutakawa tree. ALL the pohutakawas were full of tuis calling through the valley.

There were also goldfinches, starlings, wood pigeons, blackbirds, magpies, fantails and crimson rosellas in attendance. But the stars of the show were the flock of kaka (a native, north island parrot) who joined us, one within seeing distance. They sang and sang and sang. It was one of those amazing perfect moments, a windless night in Wellington, only the faintest glow of a setting sun kissing the tallest peak, these amazing birds and these very special parrots making a visit.

That's when Luke got down off one knee, took the ring off my hand that he'd bought for me in America 4 years ago, and asked me to marry him.

I said yes, and he gave me back my ring - a simple silver band he bought for me in Ashland, Oregon.

At that moment, his brother rang. This is funny as we're going to his wedding in a few weeks, but funnier because Geoff and Luke have this 'twin thing' that involves them being in constant contact on cell phone - with Geoff often texting/calling at inappropriate moments. So Luke picked up the phone and tersely said 'You just interrupted my proposal'. Geoff made his apologies and said farewell. Predictably, both our phones went 'bleep' as he texted his congratulations. Very funny to me, and actually makes it more special.

We walked out of the cemetery in the dark, arm in arm, grinning broadly while the kaka and tuis sang their goodnight.

The proposal wasn't planned. It was a spur of the moment, and utterly perfect and heartfelt expression of love, done in a style so fitting with everything Luke and I cherish - nature, birds, tranquility, cemeteries, togetherness, companionship, conversations with each-other ...

We'll get married on Halloween which is our current anniversary. Not sure what year though.

:D

Happy days!
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Date: 2010-02-05 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seraphs-folly.livejournal.com
I feel like dancing and kicking my feet up around the room!

Congratulations!!!!

Frank says But theres a role playing convention on Halloween! ;) :p

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Date: 2010-02-05 09:12 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mundens.livejournal.com
But I also says congratulations and I'm happy for the both of you and there'll be another roleplaying convention on Halloween the next year, but only one Jackie & Luke wedding.

Also, whats all this about not being goth? Proposals in a graveyard, weddings on Halloween, next we'll find out you once woke up in Robert Smith' bed! :)

(squees happily in the background)

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From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com - Date: 2010-02-28 02:38 am (UTC) - Expand

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Date: 2010-02-05 09:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lamprey.livejournal.com
The land in which we were was dark, but the sky against the gum tree upon the hill in the distance in which the Kaka sat was yellow with the late setting sun.

Simply perfect. :)

Love you. X

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
I love you so much. XXX

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Date: 2010-02-05 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahdotcom.livejournal.com
Oh that's so lovely! I think spur of the moment proposals are the nicest. My brother had years to plan his and the best he could come up with was the top of the Eiffel Tower - yech. Whereas I was talking to a lady at knitting group, she said her boyfriend knew she was getting back from London that day, took the day off work, and stood out in the rain for hours to meet every London train. When she finally go there (she'd taken her time as she thought he was at work) she said "what am I going to do with you?" and he said "marry me".

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
OMG that's such a gorgeous story.

Thank you!! :)

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Date: 2010-02-05 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivet.livejournal.com
congratulations to you both!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you muchly. :)

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Date: 2010-02-05 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caycos.livejournal.com
Awesome and lovely :) Hurray for you guys :)

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you! :D

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Date: 2010-02-05 09:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophmelc.livejournal.com
And people say social media isn't good for anything. A huge congratulations. Two people more suited, in love and who are truly companions to each other I find it hard to think of.

May that togetherness last a life time.

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Aw you rock. Thank you, Sophie. :)

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Date: 2010-02-05 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annettle.livejournal.com
Ah! Congratulations!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you! Wishing you all the best for your bub.

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Date: 2010-02-05 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] revena.livejournal.com
Congratulations! :D

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you. You continue to inspire me. Stay strong, chica.

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Date: 2010-02-05 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sokky.livejournal.com
How perfectly lovely :)
Congratulations to you both!!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you so much. :)

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Date: 2010-02-05 10:42 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dianavilliers.livejournal.com
Wheee! Congratulations.

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Whee indeed! Thanks!

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Date: 2010-02-05 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixie-nz.livejournal.com
Congrats!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you. Hope the UK is treating you a bit better now!

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Date: 2010-02-05 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenfizzpops.livejournal.com
congratulations!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you so much.

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Date: 2010-02-05 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thomryng.livejournal.com
Congratulations to you both!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you! Wedding will see us in the States in 2011 including a visit to Tacoma, so I'd love to meet up with you and Francine.

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Date: 2010-02-05 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meesto.livejournal.com
Congratulations!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you. Congrats on your new pooch!

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Date: 2010-02-05 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beaugirl.livejournal.com
Yay! Congrats - I'm so happy for you guys! And I must recommend this site, which I still read 2 years after my wedding, as it's so fun: offbeatbride.com and offbeatbride.ning.com. Exciting!!!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
I love that site so much. Thank you! Looking forward to catching up in 2011 when we come back home for our honeymoon.

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Date: 2010-02-05 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chordam7.livejournal.com
COngrats to you both.

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thanks so much. :)

happy happy

Date: 2010-02-05 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allyn.livejournal.com
congratulations!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thanks kindly! :D

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Date: 2010-02-05 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danjite.livejournal.com
Congrats!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Mil gracias!

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Date: 2010-02-05 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trickofthedark.livejournal.com
Aw! That is so lovely! Congratulations to you both!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thanks so much. And congrats on your lovely Chilli.

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Date: 2010-02-05 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luminairex.livejournal.com
Congratulations!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thanking you kindly :D

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Date: 2010-02-05 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenni-talula.livejournal.com
I am so incredibly happy for both of you! I just want to hug you both like crazy :)

Congratulations x 100,000!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
You are so gorgeous. Thanks so much!

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Date: 2010-02-05 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-earbrass.livejournal.com
Huge congrats, and a great story!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you! Thank you!

But why the Roast Beef icon? (That is Roast Beef, right). Soooo disturbing.

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Yay indeed! :)

Congrats

Date: 2010-02-05 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimeros.livejournal.com
That sounds lovely and romantic.

Thomas and I love the Karori Cemetery as well. It's only a 15 minute walk from our new house!

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you! It was lovely and romantic. :)

It's such a beautiful part of Wellington. There are so many more parrots than there used to be. I encourage you guys to go at sunset.

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Date: 2010-02-06 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aumtattoo.livejournal.com
Congratulations!!! I wish you a lifetime of bliss :-)

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Date: 2010-02-28 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amphigori.livejournal.com
Thank you so very much. :)
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