Nick and I met at work. I was interning at the Public Defence Service in Auckland fresh out of law school, and Nick was a lawyer. We talked a lot while I was there and got to know each other pretty well. We arranged to go to a "pop up" Shakespeare show together the weekend after my contract ended but I wasn't sure if it was a date or just as friends - so I asked him out at my leaving party (after a couple of glasses of wine)! We went to a French restaurant not far from where we work and talked for hours. Very romantic!
We got engaged on the trip up from Wellington to Auckland to start my new job. I'd had a rough time in Wellington so the plan was "new start, new life" up here. Nick had apparently been planning to stop somewhere scenic and pop the question, but we didn't end up making very many stops because it was a long drive and I was anxious to get to Auckland before it got too dark. We almost drove right through Taupo because the light was in the wrong direction to get good photos of the lake, but I was very keen to take some as I had never been to Taupo before and the scenery was just spectacular, so when I spotted a sheltered beach I suggested we try our luck. I should have guessed something was up at that point, from how quickly Nick stopped the car (apparently the poor man had been sweating for the past hour about finding somewhere!), but I didn't suspect a thing! I was taking my photos, turned around to ask Nick something and he was on one knee with the ring out. I've never been so happy!