‘A DREAM come true’ is how many women would describe a marriage proposal, but it was a truly accurate description for 18-year-old Nikki Scofield .
Nikki was proposed to by her university student boyfriend Nick Daley, 19, at her Summerland Christian College Year 12 formal on Thursday night.
The young lovers, from Goonellabah, have been together for a little more than a year but Nick got the inspiration to propose just a few months into their relationship.
“She had a dream last year about me proposing to her at her school formal and she told me about it,” Nick said.
“I decided to make that dream come true.”
The couple arrived at the formal, held at the Lismore Workers Club, in a limousine.
They stepped out of the limo, posed for a few photographs and as Nikki turned her back her boyfriend knelt on the ground and pulled out an engagement ring.
“All I said was ‘will you marry me?’” Nick said.
“And she said ‘yes’. It was quite easy. We’re just perfect for each other and very much in love. It was right.”
Nikki said she had forgotten about her dream proposal until it actually happened.
She also wore a blue satin gown, which is what she was wearing in her dream almost a year ago.
“It was a huge surprise and I was really shocked but really happy,” she said.
“The dream clicked when it was happening... I was just trying to take it all in.
“The whole thing didn’t really sink in until the end of the night.”
The pair said there were a few gasps from onlookers gathered outside the club but all offered their congratulations.
They also said they had their parents’ blessings despite still being in their teens.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of age,” Nick said.
“It’s a matter of maturity.”
The median age of newlyweds in Australia was 28 for men and 25 for women last year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Nikki said many of her friends were younger than the average age when they married, so it was not an issue for her.
“I think it’s different for different people but a lot of my friends got engaged at 18, 19 and 20,” she said.
“If you’re mature enough and you have found love, I don’t think you should let an opportunity like that pass you by.”
Nikki has applied for university next year, so the couple are waiting to see what the next few months hold before they set a wedding date.