Kiwi couple get engaged under the Taj Mahal

Bianca Brunschwiler says Brett Sweden's proposal look her by surprise.

Bianca Brunschwiler says Brett Sweden's proposal look her by surprise.

Bianca Brunschwiler and Brett Sweden met in Auckland before travelling the world together, and now they're getting married after proposed in front of the Taj Mahal. 

The pair, who run the travel blog Kiwis Off Course, have been together six years after meeting in east Auckland. 

"Aside from one and a half years of long distance we have been joined at the hip since," Brunschwiller, 25, says. She and Sweden, 27, lived in London for two years before setting off for home via South America. 

The pair started their Kiwis Off Course blog while living in London.
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The pair started their Kiwis Off Course blog while living in London.

They decided to extend their trip for three months to include Asia, and that's when Sweden decided to make his move. 

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"I had absolutely no idea," Brunschwiller says. "I didn't think he would be so silly to travel with a ring and it wasn't until two months into travelling he proposed.

Bianca Brunschwiler and Brett Sweden have been together for six years.

Bianca Brunschwiler and Brett Sweden have been together for six years.

"While all the tourists swarmed the main entrance for the cliche Taj Mahal reflection photo, we went around the side and found this beautiful spot all to ourselves."

Sweden set up his camera up, telling Brunschwiller he'd take a timed photo, but actually set it to record video. When he got down on one knee, his partner was shocked. 

"I had no idea... I thought it was a joke, then a second later [I saw] the ring and said yes," Brunschwiller says. 

The pair haven't started planning a wedding yet, but have some ideas kicking around. 

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"Perhaps a summertime beach wedding with close family and friends where we can all have a blast together and dance into the night," Brunschwiller says. 

The Taj Mahal was built over 10 years in the 17th century in the Indian city of Agra. It is a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, emperor Shah Jahan's favourite wife. 

 - Stuff

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