Although they grew up in the same area, Brie and Matthew never met until she was sixteen. When she first laid eyes on Matthew, Brie knew that she had fallen for him. Unfortunately for her, things never did work out that the couple met face to face.
“I saw Matthew walk down the corridor at school with his blue eyes and burgundy leather jacket. He didn’t know who I was but to little Brie he was my crush with no name – ‘the unknown fit guy’,” she said.
“He was just a dream. I rarely saw him but when I did my heart would do a little flip or what Matthew and I like to call a pang. I would forever tell the universe I wanted to meet him but we never did meet at school,” she continued.
Brie took herself off to London to attend a Drama School, while Matthew became a personal trainer and model. Brie appeared on a popular TV show, and Matthew recognised her, looked her up on Facebook, and friended her. And that is where the story really started!
The couple made endless plans to meet up, but sometimes things just don’t work out that way, and it was some years before Matthew decided to make a concerted effort to meet up with Brie. After many calls, and messages, with even some love letters along the way, Brie booked her flight from LA to Sydney.
“We tried to meet up for years, forever sending private birthday messages and having embarrassing small talk. We attempted to meet up in Vietnam and London but it never worked out mostly because I was too nervous… but on 22 March, 2014, everything changed,” she said.
“Just like that it went from Whatsapp messages to phone calls to sending videos to Skype to mailing love letters and then four months later I followed my heart and booked a flight from LA to Sydney,” she added.
Their first meeting took place at Sydney International Terminal, with a whirlwind of emotions from both of them, ending when Matthew dropped to one knee and proposed to Brie! Of course she said ‘yes’! Brie had known she would marry him one day. Matthew whisked her off to a yacht he had rented where they no doubt began to make plans for the wedding, which will more than likely be an incredibly romantic affair!
“We met for the first time at Sydney’s International Terminal. Our first ever encounter, our first hug, our first kiss all happened there. The emotions were a whirlwind and I can forever take myself back to that moment – my favourite.”
“My best friends all thought I was crazy to travel across the world to meet a man I had never met but I can’t explain how right it felt. I knew I was going to marry him before even meeting him and I wasn’t scared to tell people that,” Brie said.
Before getting engaged, the couple were together for 3 years. And the engagement story drew on their first meeting at Sydney’s airport.
“Whilst planning our trip back to Sydney from Singapore we discussed recreating how we first met when arriving at the Sydney airport. Like I said three years ago it was out first encounter, our first hug, our first kiss, our first hello, our first everything.”
“We had been in Melbourne for a couple of days and arrived at Sydney Domestic terminal and had to get to the International Terminal to get to the exact place where we met.”
“In Brie fashion I wanted to buy a sim card for data, I wanted to eat and I wanted shop. Matthew stayed calm while I did the things I wanted to. I had no idea my favourite story to tell was about to happen.”
“We arrived at the International terminal and it was of course completely empty, just us. I started recording our reenactment. I filmed the ramp I walked down, the exact way I searched for Matthew,” she continued.
“The moment I spotted him, I spent seconds that felt like hours trying to get enough courage to walk over and say my first hello.”
“It was an overwhelmingly beautiful moment because it took me back to three years ago when the airport was bustling with people but all I saw was him.”
“I squealed and fell into his arms while we kissed. Experiencing the exact same feelings I had three years ago.”
“Moments later he was on one knee asking me the question I have been dreaming of since before I met him.”
“Overwhelmed with a million emotions I can’t begin to describe I managed to mutter ‘Yes, of course!’.”
“He then whisked me off to a grand surprise. He rented a private yacht, a replica of the yacht to where we first said ‘I love you’,” she said.
Source: Daily Mail