It came as a complete surprise to local Lucy Haddon when Dan O’Brien dropped down on bended knee and proposed last year … but it turns out a few family members and friends were in on the plan!
The setting, as Lucy explains, was also extra special … the couple couldn’t have travelled any further north, without Dan’s knees getting very wet!
Hi Lucy. What part of the New England do you call home … and how long have you lived there?
I have lived in Armidale all of my life, apart from a four month stint in Longreach, Queensland, where I worked as a nanny.
When and where did you and Dan first meet?
I first met Dan about four years ago, when I joined some friends at a camp fire get-together out of town.
What were your first impressions?
My first impression of Dan was that he seemed like a nice chap and that he had a lot of knowledge about four wheel driving, bikes and cars!
What interests do you both have in common/what activities do you enjoy doing together?
We both really enjoy camping and spending time together with our children in the outdoors. Dan taught me how to drive his manual 4WD vehicle, as we had plans to drive to Cape York many, many months before we headed off on our adventure – and this meant me driving part of the way.
Where/how did Dan propose?
The road trip to the tip of Cape York was a long and interesting journey that took us to some pretty unique parts of Queensland, like Fruit Bat/Elliot Falls on the Telegraph Track.
We finally reached our destination of Cape York, and it was everything we hoped it would be. It was absolutely fantastic – so beautiful and picturesque.
On the morning of July 12, 2018, we trekked to the northernmost point of the Australian continent together with our friends, whom we had been travelling with. It was there that Dan got down on one knee, looked me in the eyes and asked me to marry him. I honestly had no idea – it was completely out of the blue when I heard the question that most girls want to hear at some stage of their lives, “Will you marry me?”
To begin with, I couldn’t comprehend what Dan had just said, but when he took a square jewellery box out of his pocket and opened it to reveal the most stunning ring I could ever imagine, it hit me that the man I love had just asked me to marry him.
After the initial shock and tears of sheer happiness, I said, “Yes” to his proposal and said I would love to marry him.
So, the proposal was a complete surprise! How did it make you feel?
Dan really did surprise me with his romantic proposal, that is for sure. It was very a special moment being ask to marry my true love on the northernmost tip of Queensland. It’s a memory that will stay with me forever.
I later found out that my parents, Dan’s parents, and a few friends knew of Dan’s intention to propose to me at Cape York, many weeks prior to us leaving on our trip with friends.
Describe your ring …
I couldn’t have selected a nicer engagement ring if I tried. Dan was very clever in not only choosing a ring that I adore, but also picking the correct size.
My engagement ring is a single diamond set in white gold. It’s absolutely beautiful, and I love it.
What wedding pans have you made already (if any)?
We haven’t made any wedding plans yet, but we have talked about what we like and dislike in regards to weddings. We both agree that a simplistic wedding is what will suit us best.
What are your biggest hopes/dreams for the future?
Our plans for the future are to continue to enjoy each other’s company every minute of every day and to ensure that we build a truly wonderful, happy, loving and fun-filled life together for our beautiful children.
Hopefully we will buy a house on a few acres in the future for our little family and continue to have many more adventures with our children.
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