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Giveaway: The Vow

Oh dear. I can tell there will be tears when it comes to this movie.

I’ve long been obsessed with memories. I’m fascinated by how subjective and slippery they are – how we never really know what actually happened, we just have to trust in our brains to feed us the right information.

The Vow

Even when I think back to the day Den proposed to me, my recollections are hazy. I remember what I was wearing, but then again maybe that’s just because I have photos to prove it. I remember snatches of the morning – being in a really grouchy mood to start with, stopping for coffee along the way at the Brighton Baths, overlooking the water from the shaded deck where we drank our lattes… I remember being blindfolded, though not what I was blindfolded with. I don’t recall what I chattered about in the car as Den drove me through suburban Melbourne, him sitting in nervous silence and me finally perky after some much-needed caffeine.

I remember being led from the car through parkland to a quiet spot away from prying eyes.

I remember taking off the blindfold and seeing Den kneeling in front of me, holding a huge, gaudy plastic toy diamond ring.

I can’t for the life of me remember what he said, and that kills me.

That’s the bit I want to know the most! What on earth did he say to me? There were too many other thoughts rushing through my head. I said yes, we laughed, we cried a little, we popped open a bottle of Champagne.

I remember declining to call anyone right away, I really wanted it to just be the two of us for an hour or so while it all sunk in… but then we went for a walk through the park where he had proposed and we found all of our closest family and friends crowded under a tree, waiting with wine and a picnic to celebrate with us. The rest of the day is a blur.

I want so desperately to know what happened in every second of that day and we just aren’t built like that for total recall.

Imagine if you lost five whole years of your life? If you couldn’t remember ever meeting or even marrying your partner. Seems like it could so easily slip away, just like every other missing moment of your life. It’s inspired by a true story and stars Rachel McAdams, who I love.

This movie – it looks like just the kind of movie I will fall in love with instantly.

We have ten double passes to see The Vow to give away to our Australian readers. Just comment below and tell us your most romantic memory for your chance to win! Competition closes Wednesday 8 February.

Update: Just drew the winners at random! Congrats to Leila, Adrienna, Rachel S, Caitlin, Mystique, Theresa W, Kathleen, Hospitality Widow, Emily and Kezia – Double passes coming your way! I’ll be in touch via email to get details of where to post. Thanks everyone for entering!

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23 comments for “Giveaway: The Vow”

  1. Posted by Mystique | January 30, 2012, 6:57 pm

    Most romantic memory, that’s a tough one. It would have to be when a my dorm room was completely decorated for my 21st and I got the most amazing bunch of flowers from someone special. :)

  2. Posted by Budva Na Pjenu Od Mora | January 31, 2012, 3:14 am

    ahh, I must see it… I love Rachel McAdams! <3

  3. Posted by HospitalityWidow | February 1, 2012, 4:25 pm

    I was dating a chef. He took Valentine’s Day off but made me work – I came home to a 5 course dinner, all made from scratch (of course). The next day he asked me to marry him. Still on a foodie high I said yes…

  4. Posted by flowerklj | February 1, 2012, 5:53 pm

    I’d never been overseas before so my boy organised a trip to Fiji and I only discovered where we were going when the captain of the plane announced it! (although I did know we were going on a holiday, no idea where. So sweet that he organised it all and managed to keep the destination a secret! (I can be a hard person to keep secrets from as I often work them out!)

  5. Posted by HannahO | February 2, 2012, 2:59 pm

    My Year 11 boyfriend actually wrote me a computer program… I’m talking in 1997 when it was all about DOS and coding by hand! It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen – a multiple choice ‘quiz’ that asked such questions as ‘Is Hannah the most beautiful girl in the world?’. If you clicked No it said ‘What? Don’t be ridiculous!’ and if you clicked Yes it said ‘Correct! Of course she is!’.

    To this day I curse the moment that all my email archives are wiped and I lost that tiny file. He was my high school sweetheart and my ‘what if’. I still wonder if we would be together if…

  6. Posted by Theresa W. | February 2, 2012, 4:07 pm

    How romantic is this:
    ~an island in Samoa
    ~swimming on the beach
    ~at night
    ~with the stars above
    ~a cute boy
    ~and phosphorescence in the water

    Pretty nice!

  7. Posted by Emma Porter | February 6, 2012, 6:47 pm

    My husband proposed by sneaking home early from work and turning our bedroom into a candle lit grotto of roses, rose petals everywhere and a ring in a box of petals. He was playing my second favourite song ….. He had been listening to my first fave for an hour as I was late home and had to change the track!!! I cried…. And said Yes!!

  8. Posted by Kathleen | February 7, 2012, 12:37 pm

    My most romantic memory was the night my fiance asked me out it was like a proposal and he told me he loved me :)

  9. Posted by Emily | February 7, 2012, 1:23 pm

    My boyfriend surprised me with an overnight stay in a luxurious penthouse suite in the city for birthday. We went up to the room and I was blindfolded when we went up to the room and when he took the blindfold off and the led me out onto the balcony and there was a candle lit spa bath with rose petals in the water. We spent the night drinking Champaign and looking out over the city =) Soo Romantic!

  10. Posted by Kristy | February 7, 2012, 1:56 pm

    I was seeing this guy for a few months (nothing serious) and then I went overseas for a year. About two months into my trip I get an email from him saying he had bought a ticket to Spain and had also found me a ticket to Spain (as I was in Italy at the time). We met each other in Spain at the airport and then he asked me to be his girlfriend. Four years later…and we are still together. I still can’t believe he flew half way around the world just to ask me out. My own little fairytale!

  11. Posted by Helen | February 7, 2012, 2:05 pm

    My husband who is practically allergic to the kitchen got the day off work and cooked the most amazing meal, complete with flowers candles and a dimond necklace. We are renewing our wedding vows later this year for our 10th wedding anniversary

  12. Posted by Kezia | February 7, 2012, 4:10 pm

    After returning home from 4 day trip away, I came home yesterday to find 8 little love notes from my boyfriend hidden around various parts of my house. I still have 3 to find I’m told :) It’s definitely the little things that make a huge difference!

  13. Posted by Trish | February 7, 2012, 5:04 pm

    My very SHY husband surprised me by asking my boss for a day off – I was at the time working as a Registered Nurse in a children’s ward.
    He had booked into a lovely private coastal resort for our anniversary. It was a private hut suite with spas and all food provided.
    He packed my bags and didn’t forget anything. Everyone at work knew I was off the roster and they all kept it a secret.
    He said he was taking me for fish & chips on the beach.

  14. Posted by Leila Norwood | February 7, 2012, 5:20 pm

    My most romantic memory is of our aniversary last year. My partner surprised me by taking me whale watching. In the 3 hours we were out on the water we saw 6 different whales, including a mum and baby! It was the most magical day and we ended it with a candle lit dinner. Deffinetly a memory I will hold close to my heart forever <3

  15. Posted by Adrienna | February 7, 2012, 6:14 pm

    When I first got with my partner we lived about 5 hours apart and as we both worked a lot I only got to see him every second weekend.
    I had just moved into a new apartment (which was a bit closer, but still 3 hours away) and didn’t have a very good week at work. I came home one Friday night to see him standing at my door with a bunch of roses and bottle of champagne…and a box of champagne flutes. He’d asked work for the weekend off so he could surprise me! Because I had no furniture we ordered take out and sat on the floor…it was perfectly imperfect!

  16. Posted by Rachel S | February 7, 2012, 6:30 pm

    My now husband drove back early from his first holiday in years to come see me because he missed me. He arrived on my doorstep when I wasn’t expecting him, holding shells he’d found, honey he’d bought and plums from his family. It really set him apart as a real romantic. :o )

  17. Posted by Laura Hurley | February 7, 2012, 8:13 pm

    I know it’s a cliche, but my most romantic memory has to be my wedding day. And in true $30DN style, did it on the cheap. Wedding, reception and honeymoon for under $3000!

  18. Posted by Caroline Ashlin | February 7, 2012, 10:37 pm

    It was my birthday and my now hubby brought a big bunch of flowers and a teddy bear in to give me at work. I had never really been one for soft toys but tried to pretend that I liked the little pink bear. Meanwhile he already knew I wasn’t a big fan of soft toys but he had hidden a beautiful pair of earrings in the ears of the bear to surprise me.

  19. Posted by Carly | February 8, 2012, 2:55 am

    I took my Victorian boyfriend to the beach (he was visiting me in Queensland). Standing on the sand in togs and boardies, I asked if he was ready (to go for a swim). He told me to hang on a second and searched in his backpack. Suddenly he dropped to one knee, in the sand, and asked me to marry him. We celebrated with chicken nuggets from McDonalds, and the wedding is in October, overlooking that exact spot.

  20. Posted by Jacinda Callus | February 8, 2012, 11:33 am

    When my husband held my hand whilst I was in labour with our son and he started crying when he tried to explain to me how thankful he was for having me in his life and how he would be forever grateful I was bringing his son into the world…might not seem romantic…but it was truly a romantic special moment to me.

  21. Posted by Caitlin | February 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

    My boyfriend and I were on a trip to Lombok in Indonesia, we took a tiny fishing boat out to a surf break in the middle of the ocean and he attempted to teach me how to surf!

  22. Posted by Joella | February 8, 2012, 5:45 pm

    I’m romantically deprived…I have three kids so no romance here…maybe I need a ticket to remind me what it’s like lol!!!

  23. Posted by Emma | February 8, 2012, 8:59 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Competition is officially closed now – too many great romantic moments here! I will draw the winners at random and announce tomorrow. You’ll all be emailed individually.

    Thanks for playing and good luck!


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