Becky & Raoul’s Engagement..One Couple..Two Proposals!

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Becky and Raoul


Not every girl gets proposed to twice, but I did…

Raoul and I met four years ago. We’re both lawyers, but it was very clear when we first met that there was more than mere ‘courtroom chemistry’. For me at least, I felt like I’d come home. We carried on our romance as a long distance one – with him in Newcastle and me living in Perth.

After three years and countless flights later, he proposed to me at Gibson’s Steps on the Great Ocean Road. We were walking back to the car after seeing the 12 Apostles when he asked if we could do one last stop at Gibson’s Steps where we had been earlier that day.

I was enjoying looking at the sunset when I turned around to see him on bended knee with my favourite piece of poetry hand-written out and rolled up in a scroll. At the end, he asked me to “come away to Newcastle and marry him.”

Image via Becky

We were very lucky. The only other people on the beach happened to be a British couple that were taking photos. When they saw Raoul on bended knee they started snapping away.  So now we have these photos of a very intimate moment in our history as a couple.

Four months later, we travelled to Queenstown, New Zealand. Raoul arranged the most amazing helicopter trip to Milford Sound. We landed on a glacier called Parks Pass and went for a small hike around the glacier with our pilot. Raoul asked her to take one last photo, and he pulled out the ring and said, “I found a rock!”  He had worked with Jason Ree in Sydney to make my amazing ring which is an Asscher cut diamond tension ring. Our pilot, thinking Raoul was proposing for the first time, demanded he get down on his knee. Poor guy! He happily obliged. It was simply incredible- being in this stunning location with the man I adore.

We recently had our formal engagement photos taken by Jac + Heath Photography at Catherine Hill Bay, which is 50 kilometres south of Newcastle. We’ve become drawn to the place and hope to call it home one day.  I wore two dresses from Willow that Raoul had bought for me to wear.


Raoul and I are getting married on my parent’s Ruby wedding anniversary in November this year at Raoul’s Dad’s house – Stanley Park. It’s situated in Fullerton Cove just outside Newcastle and is becoming a popular wedding venue. We’ve had some lovely times there together as a family celebrating birthdays and family weddings.

Given Raoul’s exceptional taste in clothing, it was a natural choice for him to help me pick out my wedding gown. I wanted a Johanna Johnson creation and he highly approved of that! When Johanna heard a groom was helping his bride choose her wedding dress she raced out to help us. We felt like family with her and her amazing staff by the end of the day. I was beaming from ear to ear. It will be terrific to walk down the aisle knowing he has picked my dress and he loves it.

It’s been a long road to this point but I am so excited to finally be moving into the same state, town and house as the man I love!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a romantic couple Becky, especially choosing your wedding day to be the same as your parents’ anniversary.  Can’t wait to see your wedding photographs!

About Becky:  I have lived and worked all over Australia as a lawyer, largely working in the Government sector and representing people on the poverty line. Raoul is a qualified mathematician and lawyer but also a beautiful photographer! He is a real silver fox. I feel very fortunate that he loves me so much.


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