Cassie Irving and Tyrone Anthonysz met the old-fashioned way — they were introduced by a mutual friend known as ‘Bumble’.
The pair, who shared their love of adventure, the outdoors, and family, had been single for a few years when they decided it was time to “swipe right” to love.
“I had been single for a couple years, dating people on and off but had never truly found the right guy,” Cassie, 31 tells 9Honey.
“When I first jumped on Bumble, I loved having the power as the woman to be able to chat first.”
Instantly drawn to Tyrone’s dog Chino, who featured in his first photo, Cassie struck up a conversation on the app.
“My first message to him was telling him how cute his dog was and that I needed to meet him,” she laughs.
Within minutes of chatting, Cassie realised he was honest, genuinely funny – and his puppy was adorable.
Despite having jam-packed social lives, the pair’s online chemistry was “too good not to meet”, so they met at a Mexican restaurant in Adelaide.
“It was freezing cold and when I arrived, and he was standing outside in the wind waiting for me so that I didn’t have to walk in alone,” Cassie recalls.
From braving the cold, to a spicy smorgasbord of dishes, the pair had an “instant spark” — call it love at first swipe — and chatted for hours.
“When we left he didn’t try to kiss me as he wanted to show me respect, and that he was not like other men I have dated,” Cassie says.
Safe to say, it was a great first impression.
While Tyrone was among 130,000 Bumble users who mentions a dog on his profile, the roof plumber stood out to Cassie.
The pair’s bond grew stronger over the months, with their pooches at the forefront of their love story.
“My dogs are my children, so it was important that whoever I dated shared that same love of dogs and other animals,” Cassie says.
Claiming her pups had “good intuition”, Cassie adds:
“When they fell in love with Tyrone, I knew it was only a matter of time before I did too!”
Prior to the pandemic, the couple went on a trip to the Northern Territory, having planned it for a year, and embarked on a memorable trek.
“We made our way across the border from South Australia into the Territory,” Cassie says.
“After a week spent exploring the Red Centre, we finally arrived at Litchfield National Park, where we had planned to visit several of the park’s creeks and falls over the next few days.”
The couple admired the breathtaking landscapes as they swam in the secluded Surprise Creek Falls and drove through Tjaynera and Wangi.
One Sunday afternoon during the trip, as birds chirped and wallabies wandered, Tyrone knew it was the perfect time to pop the question.
While Cassie was cooking them a traditional Sunday night meal – a humble curry – Tyone played her favourite love song, Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.
However, instead of swooning at the gesture, Cassie excused herself to go to the bathroom.
When she returned, Tyrone played the song again. Shirtless, in the middle of the Aussie outback, he got down on one knee and proposed.
“He said, ‘I love you Cassie’ to which I replied, ‘I know you do, honey, what are you doing?’” Cassie explains.
“With tears in his eyes and the most beautiful smile I have ever seen, he uttered the words, ‘Will you marry me?’”
Though Cassie realised Tyrone had just proposed, she admits she “couldn’t quite come to terms with what was happening.”
Bursting into tears, she accepted.
“It took me a while to stop crying, as I couldn’t believe what had just happened and that it was so entirely unexpected. I wanted to be surprised and not see it coming and he did just that!” she says.
To celebrate, the pair took a sunset stroll down to the falls, which they claim they will “never forget.”
While Cassie claims she only swiped on Tyrone’s profile “because of his dog”, she maintains: “I think I would have still swiped regardless of Chino being in the photo or not, because he is so damn handsome!”