After taking home $650,000 alongside her father Harry at The Block's auction last year, Natasha Pavlou has added another momentous milestone to her life – she's engaged!
In an exclusive interview with Woman's Day, Tash, 32, details the moment Brad, her boyfriend of four years, conventionally proposed in a not-so conventional place – and how a house of their own and kids are not far away.
"He proposed at our local dog park," Tash laughs.
"He asked me if I wanted to take the dogs for a walk, so we took them to the park around the corner from our home in Richmond, and Brad all of a sudden told me he wanted to film our dog. So he got out his phone and filmed himself throwing the ball, and while she was retrieving it, I turned around and there he was down on one knee with the ring!" she gushes.
And while dog droppings and barking had the potential to ruin the big moment, Brad, 35, says the location played an important role in popping the question.
"The park has been a daily part of our lives, it's a special place to us," he says.
"It just made sense for me to do it there. I didn't want to make too much of a big deal about it... keep it special between us."
A thrilled Tash was surprised by the proposal, but she wasn't entirely unprepared...
"About an hour after the proposal, Tash miraculously had folders upon folders of wedding research – venues, dresses, all of it... it was magical how it just appeared out of nowhere," he laughs.
But Tash insists, "I had to be prepared! I thought it was going to be another six years!"
While the couple's dream nuptials would have been to go overseas to Greece for a destination wedding, Tash and Brad acknowledge that it may not be possible with COVID-19 still looming, so they've begun to look for venues in Melbourne.
"It'll be around early next year, but it is really nice to enjoy this time as an engaged couple," says Tash.
The budding singer says she's keen to keep the ceremony intimate – around 120 guests – and says it won't be too over the top, but does admit she'll add in a bit of sparkle, thanks to her TV winnings.
"We want a really beautiful wedding, but we're not going to over-extend ourselves," says Tash.
"We might put a few thousand in there, make sure everyone stays hydrated! But that money will mostly go towards our first home."
When asked if they were accommodating space for a nursery as they looked for a home, Tash says it's certainly on their radar.
"It's funny, the first thing I got when we told Brad's mum was, 'Hurry up with the wedding so you can start having babies!'" she laughs.
"We want to enjoy this time but kids will be on the cards not too long after, for sure."