Gabi + Greg



Greg works in the family business selling scales/weights. During the week, he told me that he had sold scales to a Chinese company that gave him 300 fortune cookies for free. All that week we were eating fortune cookies he had brought home—we made it into a little game and it was quite cute. On the Saturday morning, we went for a walk in the Dandenong Ranges. I didn’t think much of it as we enjoy walking on the weekends and had been there before. At the beginning of the walk, Greg put his hand in his vest and said, “Oh, this must have been the jacket I was wearing when I went to the Chinese restaurant. There are still fortune cookies in here.” We agreed to eat them later. After climbing a big hill, I was completely puffed out and Greg told me to sit down on a bench and relax. He pulled out a fortune cookie and asked if I wanted it. Of course, I said sure—again, not thinking much of it. When I opened the cookie, the fortune said, Will you marry me, Gabi?. I thought he was joking because he often likes to tease me. Then he got down on one knee and I started to cry. I was so overwhelmed with happiness because he caught me completely by surprise. He made a little speech, which I still don’t completely remember because I was so shocked. Even though we had been together for eight or nine years, I thought I would know when he was going to propose and that he couldn’t surprise me. After I said yes, he opened his fortune cookie and it read, She said yes!

We love socialising but we enjoy being in each other’s company more than being with anyone else. We’re quite literally best friends—we met when we were 17 and have been together for the most part of 10 years. We’re goofy and bring out each other’s inner child. We’re not afraid to be our true selves around each other, and we’re always having a good laugh together. We share a love of good food and going out to restaurants. We’re lazy but in the best kind of way where we enjoy spending nights and weekends just being together and watching TV series.


To my wife—I’m completely overwhelmed at how amazing you look today, and I can’t believe just how privileged I am that you’ve chosen to be my wife. Gabi, you are my soulmate and the love of my life! I am a very fortunate man and I would just like to take this opportunity to say to you how much I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you. I hope that every day will be as happy as today.

To finish things up, I’d like to share a little poem I wrote for you called, “I Promise”:

I seek to understand your needs so deeply,
And promise each day to love you completely.
I will provide a home of love and emotional purity,
And I promise love, laughter, honesty and a life where you feel security.
I will make time for you, for without you I have no time.
And I promise to cherish, honour, respect and be kind.
Time may take us down a path where you need to be taken care of,
And I promise to hold you, and continue to admire you with love.
If life places pain in your heart, I will be there to fill it with love.
And I promise each day to pray for our health and happiness from HaShem above.
I will awaken each day, to see your sweet smile and feel your touch,
And I promise to bring you happiness and laughter, because I love you so much.
I will run for miles, swearing my love for my wife,
Because today I promise you Gabrielle, you are my life.

Greg—where do I begin? It’s been 10 years, some ups and downs, laughter, tears and every human emotion. Yet, no matter how much time we spend together, you are the person I always want to spend more time with. You are the person who makes me laugh, harder than anyone else. You are the person I go to when I’m upset or anxious and need to vent. You are the person who knows how to annoy me, and at times, even anger me. But you’re also the one person who knows how to get me out of a bad mood and take my mind off things when I’m feeling down. You bring out the child in me, and you love me, even when I’m unlikeable. It wasn’t necessarily love at first sight, and it may have taken us a few shots to get it right, but I can honestly say I have never been more sure of anything. I came across a quote by Bob Marley and it made me think of you:
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyse. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”

Greg, I promise to give you the most I can and to accept you, as you are, without trying to change you or expect more than you can give. I promise to work hard for this love that we have built, and I promise to be grateful for the small things, and not to hold onto the little ones. Today, you have given me the biggest smile, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.


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