Timothy Chee, 25, knew he was going to marry his now-wife Candice Catherine a week after he started dating her. That second week, he sent her a love letter that started with a big, capital “W.” It took Candice three years and 13 more notes to recognize the first letters of the letters spelled out “W-I-L-L Y-O-U M-A-R-R-Y M-E,” NextShark reports.
“Tim and I didn’t live far away from each other but we sent letters because the idea of having our hearts poured out in the form of paper meant we had tangible memories to look back on,” Candice told the Daily Mail Australia: “I am very difficult to surprise so this totally caught me off guard!” Chee helped her piece together the proposal as it was happening.
The proposal in full was perfect, she said:
I woke up on the morning of December 16, 2015, with a letter next to me instructing me to get dressed and to only come out when I’m fully ready. As soon as I opened the door, I found rose petals and candles everywhere — my heart skipped a beat and I knew it was coming. He sat me down in the living room with all the letters that he had written to me on the table. We read them out one by one reliving the memories of our dating years. After we read all of them he then carefully arranged the letters and asked me to look at them.
The pair were “good friends” for years before they even started dating, but even then, Candice said she knew he was “always genuinely a thoughtful and romantic kind of guy.”