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Nikki and Venu

[three_fifth] [dropcap color="rosy"]O[/dropcap]n the 15 June 2012, my boyfriend, Venu, whisked me away for a weekend away to a little house near the Hartbeespoort Dam. He had arranged everything, by himself. I found this odd as he always leaves these details for me to do. He told me that since we both had birthdays in June he would treat us with this weekend away. I needed the break so I didn’t think too much about the “oddness” of this spontaneous trip.

On the morning of 16 June 2012, we woke up long before the sun even rose, it was dark & cold and we jumped into our car and took a drive.

He refused to tell where we were going. After about 30mins, we arrived at a charming farm. We parked and walked along this path to an open field, and low & behold there were 2 colorful giant hot air balloons being blown up. I was EXCITED!!!!!

We were at Bill Harrops Hot Air Ballooning experience and we were about to go on a trip over the Magaliesberg mountains.

We were treated to hot coffee and cookies while the balloons were being blown up.

Once the balloons were blown up, we boarded our hot air balloon and excitement hit us as we embarked on our journey.

It was AMAZING! As we enjoyed the magical experience of drifting lazily above the majestic Magaliesberg, we forgot about the rest of the world.

It was silent high above the ground, except for the occasional sound of a bird.

45mins into the trip, 8000 feet in the air, he pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him. I was stunned and thought I was dreaming!

There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted this, I said yes!!!

After the happy tears rolled down my face, we watched the gorgeous sunrise while drifting over the giraffe & bokkies below us, there were still tears in my eyes but my heart was full of happiness…….

After about 1.5hours, we landed on an open field with the help of the crew. While the balloon was being deflated we indulged in champagne and warmed up in the sun.

This was an exciting day, the best ever! I couldn’t have imagined a better proposal.

Thank you Venu

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