When an Australian man gifted his girlfriend with a handcrafted necklace, he had already resolved to marry her. Exercising extraordinary patience, he waited a year before revealing to her that she had been wearing her engagement ring the entire time (video below).
Terry already knew that he wanted to marry his girlfriend, Anna, on their first year anniversary. Devising a clever method of prolonging his popping the question, he carved out a necklace from pine native to Tasmania and slotted an engagement ring inside of it.
"I had always loved the idea of giving someone a gift where they didn't know its true value," Terry told the Metro. "I also wanted to start doing wood carving."
Anna wore the necklace every day, valuing it as a token of Terry's love without knowing that it also concealed a promise. The inventive boyfriend worried that his paramour would unwittingly give away the necklace, not knowing what was hidden inside.
"There were some occasions where I was really worried," Terry said. "At one point, I thought she was going to trade it with a blacksmith at a market (the blacksmith loved the necklace, and she loved the blacksmith’s work) but luckily I didn’t need to crash tackle her."
The couple bonded over a period of roughly 18 months before Terry was certain that the time was right to propose. In November 2016, he chartered a vacation to Smoo Cave in Scotland.
"I picked Smoo Cave because it was a place we had talked about visiting since we first met, and 'smoo' comes from an old Norse word for 'hiding place,' so I think I get extra points for that one," Terry told The Huffington Post.
When the couple reached the fabled cave, Terry proposed taking a picture of Anna's necklace draped across a rock. Little did she know, his gesture was a sneaky attempt to get the token off from her neck.
After snapping the photograph, Terry knelt before Anna with the necklace in hand, took out a knife and snapped the token open. Concealed within was the engagement ring.
"She stood there with this completely confused and dumbfounded look on her face, and when she finally worked out what had just happened, she yelled, ‘Yes!’ and pounced on me," Terry recalled.
When Anna fully processed that her engagement ring had been hiding around her neck for over a year, she was stunned by her new fiance's moxy.
"She flipped out -- 'Wait, it’s been in there the entire time?!'" Terry said. "'I could have lost it, you f***ing idiot!' which was a hilarious mix of happy and angry."
Terry uploaded a video chronicling his elaborate proposal online. The viral sensation speedily racked up millions of views.
"We didn't realize how crazy this was going to get when we uploaded the video -- we figured it was more for family and friends to tell them about it," Terry told the Daily Mail.
The happily engaged couple is currently planning where to recite their wedding vows.
"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," Terry said.
Glamorous weddings may not befit Terry and Anna's style, but swooningly romantic gestures do, as evidenced by the sweet saga of the necklace.