The couple strolled alongside the property, and stopped subsequent to a small lake, the place Tebow had put in an arbor and a specifically made bench that was engraved with the date the couple first met.
For about 5 minutes, Tebow and Nel-Peters talked about their relationship and its future in hushed tones earlier than Tebow, 31, dropped to at least one knee. “Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, I like you,” he stated. “Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, will you marry me?”
As Nel-Peters stated sure, Tebow slipped a 7.25-carat solitaire ring on her finger. “This ring is internally flawless,” he stated. “Identical to you.”
Then Tebow had one other shock. South African singer Matthew Mole stepped out from behind a hay bale and serenaded the couple with The Marriage ceremony Track, one among their favourite songs.
The proposal was a household affair. Tebow had secretly flown Nel-Peters’ household and closest buddies from South Africa to Florida to witness the engagement. His dad and mom, siblings and buddies have been additionally available for the thrilling second. The invitees watched the proposal from a distance and out of view from Nel-Peters — who didn’t suspect a factor.
“I truly wasn’t actually nervous,” Tebow tells PEOPLE. “I used to be excited. I wished all the things to be good and to go easily. However I wasn’t nervous to truly ask her.”
An evening of surprises
Tebow wished to verify each element was good — and he went by nice lengths to shock Nel-Peters. He informed her that they might be having a belated Christmas dinner together with his household.
Involved that she would sense his pleasure and suspect that one thing was up, Tebow tells PEOPLE he got here up with a canopy story: he informed her that he was presenting his father with a model new truck. (He even borrowed a truck from a dealership and put a giant bow on it to promote his story.)
After the engagement, the couple’s family and friends got here out of hiding to the shock of Nel-Peters, who had no concept that her household and buddies had flown midway across the globe to attend the engagement occasion.
The couple’s interior circle then had dinner at a Jacksonville membership, whereas household and buddies made speeches and toasts. Nel-Peters’ father inspired everybody to “make a circle” round Tebow and Nel-Peters and pray for his or her new life collectively.
In a lighthearted second, Tebow forgot at hand the microphone to Nel-Peters to make a speech. “I simply made my first mistake as a fiancé,” he joked.
Throughout her speech, Nel-Peters, 23, jokingly apologized to Tebow’s father. “I’m sorry you didn’t get a brand new truck,” she stated, “however you’re getting a brand new daughter!”
Tebow tells PEOPLE that he’s wanting ahead to planning the marriage. “I’m certain she’s received some nice concepts,” he says. “It’s going to be actually thrilling, and I can’t wait.”
Provides Nel-Peters: “I’m so excited for the marriage, and I can’t wait to spend perpetually with Tim.”
Years of looking out
Through the years, Tebow has opened up a number of instances to PEOPLE about his seek for love.
“I’m wanting, however I simply can’t appear to search out anybody,” he informed PEOPLE in spring 2017. “I don’t wish to be single; I’m able to quiet down and begin a household. I wish to have children. I’ve so many issues I would like. Nobody can be happier than me once I lastly discover the appropriate particular person.”
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“I’m simply on the lookout for somebody who has a great coronary heart,” he added on the time. “They should be type, they usually should care about individuals who can’t do something for them in return.”
“They’ve to actually love God,” he continued. “My religion is necessary to me — it’s a very powerful factor — and I should be with somebody who additionally shares that religion.”
Tebow tells PEOPLE, now, that Nel-Peters is strictly what he has been on the lookout for. “She’s simply good for me,” he says. “I’m actually blessed to have her by my facet for the remainder of my life.”