Skinny Dipping for Marriage Proposals

Andrea’s Husband is not the most romantic person in the world, but he gets points for creativity. Hear the bizarre lead-up to Andrea and Chris tying the knot, and the wild wedding after-party they both fled from!

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  • Callie King 00:00
    It's kind of hard to make it romantic after you've already decided to get married, right?
  • Andrea Wady 00:04
  • Callie King 00:05
    So how did how'd that go?
  • Andrea Wady 00:06
    Oh God, I don't know if I can tell you this story. That was summertime and we'd climbed all the way down to this really remote beach. And we were skinny dipping, so we have no clothes on night. And I said, because I thought we're never gonna get round to it is never going to get round to it. So I did say this would be such a romantic place to propose. This is something a woman waits for her whole life. All right, my lovey said so he got down on one knee with a coke can rig jump in with both feet. Go Big. Follow your dreams grab life by the reins. This is how we live. Where Callie King and Andrea Wady two horse trainers always looking for adventure andSo how did how'd that go?
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  • Andrea Wady 01:23
    don't actually know if I'm recording. I'm recording. I'm recording. Yay. Yom, yom, yom, yom, Yom Yom. Yom Yom. Yeah, Kelly's doing her throat warm up. I thought she was joking at first, but apparently it's a real thing. Why do you do that?
  • Callie King 01:37
    Because I didn't realize until I listened back to our first recordings that I have a really nasally American accent and you have a beautiful song like English accent. It inspires me. So I started doing some techniques to improve my speaking
  • Andrea Wady 01:55
    oh my god, I'm sat on a sofa in rural Pennsylvania somewhere. I'm not even sure where we are. And we're in a little air b&b. And it's been so much fun. And the dog and I were just curled up listening to Callie do her throat up where she sounded like a cross between a strangled squirrel and a cat.
  • Callie King 02:17
    Yeah, but now Can't you hear how my voice is so much more open? I
  • Andrea Wady 02:22
    think you have a great voice. There's nothing wrong with your voice. I don't think you're a nasally. American, you're American. I mean, obviously, your accent is never gonna be as good as mine. I can actually I have a funny story about a accent. I was in a surf shop in California. And I went in to buy something. And I talked and there was this lovely Californian girl who was young, absolutely beautiful waist length blonde hair. She's like, Oh my gosh, you've got such an amazing accent your accent absolutely gorgeous. It's like Oh, wow. Thank you so much. I said, Yeah, yours is nice, too. She went. Wait, what? If I got an accent? I was like, Yeah, kinda
  • Callie King 03:09
    California. It's not just an accent. It's a It's not quite to the level of American English to England English. But when I moved to California, I had to learn a lot of new work. No, English. But when I moved to California, I had to learn a lot of new work. No,
  • Andrea Wady 03:22
    no, I have to interrupt you there. We don't have England English
  • Callie King 03:26
    We have English. You have the Queen's English.
  • Andrea Wady 03:30
    We have English. You guys speak America. Yeah, yeah,
  • Callie King 03:37
    man. So we were actually just in the middle of a story. You were telling me how you ran away from your own wedding.
  • Andrea Wady 03:45
    And I saw sounds bad.
  • Callie King 03:48
    I said, Wait a minute. We need to pull the recorders out. Well, that's yeah,
  • Andrea Wady 03:51
    we did. Actually, I didn't run away from my wedding alone. I ran away with my husband. Well, that's better. Yeah, only the party afterwards. Where I'm from in in Cornwall. So there's the other thing people say your English I'm actually not. I'm Cornish. We are our own people. The very southwest of England. Anyway, that's a whole nother story. But we do like to party. We throw really good parties. So our wedding was always going to be the party of the year because Chris is the DJ and him and his mates all DJ. It was such a beautiful wedding. And I remember it. I mean, we've been together for eight years before we got married and we only actually got married to get Costa Rican residency. Not the most romantic reasons. In fact, we've booked the church before he'd even proposed to me, not the church but the registry office. So how
  • Callie King 04:51
    does that work when you when you get married because you needed the residency? Yeah, was it? You talked about getting married and then Later he proposed because it's kind of hard to it? You talked about getting married and then Later he proposed because it's kind of hard to make it romantic after you've already decided to get married, right? Yeah. So how did how'd that go? Oh, God, I
  • Andrea Wady 05:09
    don't know if I can tell you this story.
  • Callie King 05:11
    Well, you can tell me it and then if we decide to delete it, Nate or no one Oh, no, no,
  • Andrea Wady 05:16
    it's not that I'm just throwing Chris under the bus. Okay, so Chris is not the most romantic person on the planet. He is amazing. He is my man and my person. And we've been together for 28 years. And he's awesome. But Romans, not the top of the bill. Brilliant putting shelves up and mending stuff, romance, not so much. But we decided that yes, we'd get married because we were moving to Costa Rica, and we wanted to get residency. Well, we'd been in Costa Rica already, but we wanted to get residency. So we were like, well, yeah, we were gonna get round to it one day anyway, so it's so wasn't romantic. And then there's one day like when we've got the registry office booked. And you've been to Cornwall, we have beautiful cliffs and beautiful beaches, and we'd gone walking, and it was summertime. And we'd climbed all the way down to this really remote beach. And you have to climb on a rope all the way down the cliff to get there. It's really cool. It's called Sally's bottom, which is stories. That's actually what it's called love.
  • Callie King 06:21
    I love the names of where you're from. Yes,
  • Andrea Wady 06:23
    Sally's bottom. And so we're sat at Sally's bottom. And we were skinny dip in. So we have no clothes on night. And I said, because I thought we're never going to get round to it is never going to get round to it. So I did say this would be such a romantic place to propose. Because well, what's the point in proposing we already know we're getting married. I was like, oh, man, this is something a woman waits for a whole life. All right, my love. He said, so he got down on one knee with a coke can ring and asked me to marry him. As you were both naked. Yeah. Love it. Yeah, it was great, actually. And I said yes. And he goes, Well, I knew you were gonna say yes, because we've already booked it. I went again, Nil Proir for the romance terrible. But it was an amazing day. And we did our whole wedding, including my dress for less than 2000 pounds, about $2,500. And we went to the registry office where we had the official wedding, but that wasn't our wedding. And we ended up on the Cliffs overlooking our local beach at St. Agnes. And we had all of our friends around us. And my Tai Chi teacher, officiated the wedding. And we did the traditional sort of Celtic wedding, if you like, where they do what's called Handfasting. Some people call it pagan, but that has negative connotations. It's beautiful. And they tie your hands together and you step over the broomstick three times, which to be fair is pretty pagan. And that's it. Yeah. You're tied to each other for life. And it was beautiful. And we loved it. And then we had a party. The village got very, very excited and drank a lot of the honey Mead. Mead is a traditional wedding drink in Cornwall.
  • Callie King 08:18
    Yeah, meat is a it's a wine from honey. Right? Yeah. It's
  • Andrea Wady 08:21
    like fermented wine. And it's a fertility thing.
  • Callie King 08:24
    That's a tradition behind it. Correct. Or at least the belief behind Yeah,
  • Andrea Wady 08:28
    yeah, I think so. Well, I wouldn't know because I didn't get to drink any because my two bridesmaids or my maids of dishonor as I called them. They were supposed to be serving out the meat on the cliffs. And I think how it went was three for me, one for the guests. Three for me, one for the guests. Term round. bridesmaids are pretty shit faced and nobody else is at the wedding. So that's how that bit went. And then the party was so much fun. But they got really wild. So Chris, and I ran away.
  • Callie King 09:06
    How many people were there?
  • Andrea Wady 09:09
    I want to say like 5060 Maybe 80? I don't know. But there was a lot of people, and everyone was dancing a lot. It was fun. Of these
  • Callie King 09:23
    5060 people. Was it a lot of friends. Was it family? Was it just a mixture?
  • Andrea Wady 09:28
    Three quarters, friends and a quarter family? Something
  • Callie King 09:34
    like that. And who was getting more while the friends or the family?
  • Andrea Wady 09:37
    Oh God, definitely the friends. Oh, it was terrifying. Bringing friends and family together. Always scary. They're just fun. My cousin I always remember my cousin let off the fire extinguisher because he was dancing with it at the end. I was long gone by now. And his girlfriend didn't speak to him for a whole week. And we'd hired this minibus and half the people got left behind. And because they weren't capable of getting to the minibus, and it was really rural, we were right out in the, in the sticks in this sort of Country House Hotel if you like it was so much fun. And people talked about it for months afterwards, but we left because we were just like, this is getting wild and we love to party back then. But not on your wedding day. You know, I think I had one glass of champagne all day on my I don't drink at all anymore. But I had one glass of champagne. And we booked a taxi to take us away. We got in it, shut the door, just sat there looked at each other and went well. It was just the best day. Suddenly the doors flew open of the taxi. And one of my Well He's like a father to me. He was called chops. He's passed away. Now he was a really famous Australian surfboard shaper. And he jumped in the taxi and went, Oh, yeah, well, you go right past my house. So you can just all pay for the taxi. We're like this is supposed to be on leaving. Oh, you know, come on. You guys have been together for years. So he gets in the car, marry his wife going on. Really? Sorry. Doll gets in the car behind me. And he's in the car with us. So he sat behind me. She goes, Don't worry. He goes, I'll pay. I'll pay for the taxi. No, we didn't. We got back. He got out left. And then we went and stayed for the first night. We stayed at this tiny little caravan out on the cliffs. And I'll always remember it was so cute. And our friends addressed it. And it had all like the beds are all covered in like sheep skins and all of that and they emptied an entire bag of rice in our bed. An entire bag. It was amazing. And it was a celebration of love. It's funny because we never wanted to get married. We never really thought about it. We would just did it to get residency. And then it wasn't till after we were like, This is the best thing we've ever done. Why didn't we do this before? And yeah, it obviously worked. We're still together. 28 years. So yeah. Do you think you'll ever get married?
  • Callie King 12:15
    Well, that's how this conversation came up. We were sitting here on the couch eating chocolate and talking about marriage. It's not high on my priority list. No. Not against. Maybe. That's for another conversation.
  • Andrea Wady 12:29
    That's another conversation. I think she might I love that story. It was fun. It was it was a great day. And then we left her Costa Rica not long after disappeared and I can remember their speeches. It was kind of weird because they were talking about us leaving. I remember my speeches. It was kind of weird because they were talking about us leaving. I remember my mum being really upset. We were leaving and it was it was the beginning of an amazing adventure. And now we're back full circle and I don't regressing Not a thing.
  • Callie King 13:03
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  • Andrea Wady 13:20
    will see you in the next program.