Talk about a surprise engagement: An Australian woman named Anna was totally unaware she was engaged to her partner for a year and a half.
Well, sort of.
ABC News reports Anna's boyfriend, Terry, had gifted her a handcrafted necklace made of Huon Pine. The "spiral shell" necklace contained another gift inside — an engagement ring — which Anna didn't know about until Terry popped the question more than a year later.
"She wore it every day, and everywhere we went, and pretty much never took it off," Terry said to ABC News. "I had always loved the idea of giving someone a gift where they didn't know its true value until years later."
A year and six months seems close enough to that mark. Terry proposed in Smoo Cave in northern Scotland, a popular tourist attraction and a gorgeous setting for photo ops.
"Before we actually went down to the cave, I asked if I could have the necklace to take some photos of it among the rocks, which gave me a quick chance to break the seal with a knife," Terry said to ABC News, to which she replied, "Wait. It's been in there the entire time?"
Anna said yes, and the two are planning to purchase property before the wedding.
"Hopefully with a bit of land ... [we can] have the wedding at home with family and friends in as much of a relaxing atmosphere as possible," Terry said. "[There's] no point in having a stressed out extravagant wedding, which isn't us."
And as for whether Terry was nervous about the ring's safekeeping after all that time around Anna's neck, there was one particular moment of stress: "When we went though airport security for the first time," he said.
Looks like it was worth it in the end.
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