'Every love story is beautiful, however, mine is my favourite!'
People often ask me how Gianni and I came to meet and fall in love... so I thought I would share with you viewers my little love story up to the day my life changed forever, the 10th December 2013.
Gianni and I first met in March 2013 but we immediately both knew we were going to be together forever. It is a very rare feeling to fall so deeply in love with another person so quickly and admittedly it scared me at first to be so vulnerable especially when I was career focused and really wasn't looking for anything or anyone!
Gianni was playing in the national futsal F-League, flying in each fortnight from Brisbane to play for Melbourne Heart, a team my younger brother also played for (luckily!). We caught eyes only for a moment at a game but he contacted me a few weeks later through Facebook! We both quickly realised that we shared similar passions and all of a sudden we were talking on the phone every night until 3am!
We started officially dating and decided we had to give the long-distance relationship a go. Travelling back and forth from Brisbane to Melbourne, we didn't miss a single weekend for two years! We became each others first priority straight away and despite our busy schedules (working full time and studying) we dedicated every night to face-timing on the phone and dropped everything else to be there for each other on the weekends. By no means was it easy, however, when you love somebody you will do whatever it takes to be with that person.
And then it happened...
On the 10th of December in 2013 I had just finished my last law exam to complete my law degree and so I travelled to Brisbane to be with Gian for the Summer holidays. Whilst up there he told me he had won a 'free couples photo shoot' and had organised it for the next weekend for us as a bit of fun and to make some lasting memories before I had to leave for Melbourne again. We had some photos around Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and then we drove to the 'Spit' in Southport, where there was a huge beautiful sand dune with the stunning water in the background. Little did I know, the photographers were all in on it, and after a few photos of us together Gianni took me completely by surprise! He bent down on one knee and told me that he loved me and couldn't live his life without me. I barely heard him say the words because I was shaking and broke down in tears! He had bought the most stunning engagement ring which I absolutely adore and asked me if I would marry him. Of course without any hesitation I said "YES!!!". Moments like those are rarely caught on camera but the photographers from Studio4Photography captured all of it so beautifully.
I was ecstatic and called my parents straight away to tell them the good news. They too were in on it though (of course Gianni had to seek my fathers blessing first) but they acted surprised and so when I arrived at dinner, in a beautiful new dress Gian had bought me, to celebrate with Gianni's parents, I broke down into tears again because he had secretly organised to fly up my parents and my Bobdaj and Nondaj (who normally never fly) as well! My grandparents and my parents will always be the most important people in my life and the fact that they were there for me on that special day is something I will cherish forever.
Gianni is a one of a kind person; he always treats me like his queen and always puts me first. I am incredibly blessed to have found a love so sacred and rare and I hope for everybody to be as fortunate as I am to experience having the most incredible person by their side. Gianni makes me want to be a better person everyday and I will never forget the day he proposed to me and made me the happiest girl in the world. Here are some of the exclusive photos from that amazing day that still give me goosebumps!
- Zana XOXO
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