Annelle Paemaa, of Sydney, was treated to her own fireworks
display at Millbrook Resort last night following a marriage
proposal from her partner, Stuart Ing. Photo supplied.
Stuart Ing planned his marriage proposal to a tee ...
Last night, the Sydney resident proposed to his girlfriend of
eight months, Annelle Paemaa, also of Sydney, at Millbrook
Resort, following about two months' planning - which was
celebrated immediately after she said ''yes'', with fireworks
on the golf course, a first for Millbrook and a first for
Li'l Flick Fireworks owner Bill Falcone.
Mr Ing, an electrician, said he had known Ms Paemaa, a
software project manager, for about five years before the
couple began dating.
Mr Ing designed the ring and organised the event via
countless emails with Millbrook chief concierge Francisco
Freire and Mr Falcone.
Staff at the couple's hotel smuggled out Mr Ing's suit, shirt
and the all-important ring box on Monday, with Millbrook
staff storing them at the resort.
Mr Ing, on his first visit to Queenstown, said he planned a
spa treatment to relax his fiancee - and calm his nerves -
but he left to finalise details, including hand signals to
communicate with Mr Freire.
Mr Falcone, disguised as a landscaper, set up the fireworks
in front of the Millhouse while an unsuspecting Ms Paemaa
dined. Mr Ing went to the restroom, returning in his suit,
and then got down on one knee.
After a stunned Ms Paemaa said ''yes'', another hand signal
was given and her personal fireworks display was begun.
''It's surreal, really,'' she said. The ring was perfect.
''It's not going anywhere.''