The Proposal:

James surprised Zeljana with a stunning hotel room proposal with views of the Harbour Bridge. The setting included white flowers, candles, a carpet and a huge floral heart with a neon “Will You Marry Me?” sign. James engaged My Proposal Co as his proposal planners so they could set up this gorgeous proposal for Zeljana. A professional photographer was onsite to capture their special moment.

Photographer: Studio Barakat

How They Met:

James and Zeljana first met through a mutual friend back in November 2018, for her birthday. They were staying at an Airbnb for two nights. Zeljana got quite tipsy on the first night and was basically bedridden on day two. James came into her room with this huge crab, assumingly to scare her. Unfortunately for him, and to his surprise, Zeljana wasn’t really phased by this and ended up turning back over to continue sleeping. Shortly after, a group of them organised to go to an event, and that was the night they couldn’t keep their eyes off of each other.

The next day, Zeljana found him on Instagram and decided to follow him. Generally people ask you the night of “did you get home okay?”, however James messaged her two days later. She couldn’t help but laugh and their conversations grew from there, and they ended up spending the entire summer together. A few short weeks later, they went out for dinner and he pulled out a beautiful promise ring and asked her to be his girlfriend. 

Photographer: Studio Barakat

How They Proposed:

Back in September 2021, James said he would be booking a hotel for them to stay at along with a romantic dinner date. He didn’t provide many details as it was a surprise. Unfortunately, due to COVID lockdowns, those plans were pushed back to October 2021. On the day, he told her to get ready and that they would be checking in around 6:30pm, because he was super busy with work and they couldn’t check in sooner. Zeljana arrived at his place at 5pm and they drove down to the city. He looked super nervous, biting his nails and taking the long way to get there.

After they arrived at Crown Sydney, they checked in at the reception and made their way up to the room with their luggage. As the hotel door opened she could hear music and thought, “What the hell, that’s a first”. However they continued to walk in and around the corner saw a beautiful set up with a “Will You Marry Me” flower backdrop. Her heart was beating a million miles an hour, and she couldn’t believe what was happening! So they walked down the trail of rose petals together and she could tell he was nervous as he got down on one knee and proposed. The memory of this gorgeous hotel room proposal is something they will cherish forever!

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