Couple Who Met On Qantas Ad 15 YEARS AGO Get Engaged!
LOVE IS NOT DEAD.
Elysia Simons and Paul Van Der Toorren first met AS NINE-YEAR-OLDS, standing in front of Uluru and singing their little hearts out on the set of that now-iconic Qantas ad more than 15 years ago.
And now Paul has told Kyle and Jackie about their enduring love story, culminating in a romantic proposal in front of - you've guessed it - Uluru.
"It was a crazy plan that I had for a long time, I didn't know how I was going to do it," Paul admitted on the show this morning. "I wrote a little letter to Qantas and I said 'Hey guys, I've got this plan if you wanna get involved, I'd love your help.'
"Then Qantas contacted El and made her think that she was planning the whole thing.
"It was sunset, in front of the Rock, and she thought that we were filming a new commercial, sort of thing.
"I got down on one knee and told her that I loved her and wanted to marry her and I popped the question, there where we met 16 years ago."
YOU GUYS ARE TOO CUTE!
(Also, how epic was that ad? Ah, memories.)
In a gorgeous Instagram post, Elysia explained how the couple had reunited.
"Paul stood to my right and in between takes we would chat and joke around," she said of the day they met. "One of the things I remember most is Paul being this shy, smiley kid that looked away as he giggled at my (probably not funny) jokes.
"We saw each other a few times after at choir events but being 9 year olds in an age where there was no Instagram, Facebook or mobile phones, it didn't even cross our minds to exchange details."
Luckily they reconnected after high school, thanks to mutual friends.
Monday the 9th of May was the best day of my entire life. The story begins 16 years ago as little choir kids. We were in Uluru filming for the Iconic 1999 Qantas ad where along with 100 other children we were placed right in front of the rock to sing "I still call Australia home". Paul stood to my right and in between takes we would chat and joke around. One of the things I remember most is Paul being this shy, smily kid that looked away as he giggled at my (probably not funny) jokes. We saw each other a few times after at choir events but being 9 year olds in an age where there was no Instagram, Facebook or mobile phones, it didn't even cross our minds to exchange details. Fast forward to High school we reconnected again through mutual friends (thank you MySpace top 8) and Paul was back in my life. After having many connections through school and uni, we were constantly drawn back to each other. Not too long after, our friendship turned into mutual crushes and I soon realized that what we had was better than the best kind of love. We had often daydreamed of going back to Uluru to reminisce about our first day together. Only four weeks ago I got a phone call from Qantas saying that they had heard our story and wanted us to travel to Uluru to view their event called the Field of light as part of a new documentary for channel 9. WHAT?! This was the most random, exciting, crazy call but naturally we jumped at the amazing opportunity. Qantas flew us in business class to central Australia where we were filmed arriving and exploring around one of the most incredible places on earth. We stopped at sunset at the most breathtaking spot near Uluru and as we were being interviewed Paul confessed that we were not actually there to view the field of light at all. We were there because he needed a way to get me back to the special place we had met 16 years ago. He had enlisted the help of Qantas and channel 9 to bring me back without knowing what was really going on at all! Whilst the cameras were rolling he got down on one knee and fought back (badly fought back) tears to ask me to MARRY HIM AND I SAID "OF COURSE!!!"
What a beautiful story!
Congrats, you two.
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