Art meets dreams: SA couple get engaged in the most beautiful Italian setting!

Definitely what dreams are made of!


Rome, Italy – A South African couple have taken their love to new heights in what could be one of the most beautiful settings in the world.

Paul Ingram, a Fourways resident, planned a trip to Rome with a big secret… to go down one knee for the love of his life – Dina Schwulst!

“The Rome trip was a 40th birthday present to me, and I used it to get engaged to her,” Ingram excitedly explains. 

The couple had been dating for 11 years, and Ingram thought it was finally time to drop the knee. but wanted a spectacular venue to do it in. He found out that the Dream exhibition was taking place at the same time they would be visiting Rome, and privately arranged for the venue to stay open just for them and the magic moment.

“I had to jump through hoops to organise it. Dealt with the PR person of the Gallery to get permission and organised a Rome photographer Francesca to film it. It was all after their trading hours, so we also got a guided tour of the Gallery at the same time,” Ingram explains. 

Meanwhile, Schwulst was completely surprised but so happy with his choice of venue.

“Absolutely speechless. Paul my love, you well and truly outdid yourself, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. This is the stuff of fairytales,” Schwulst said. 

Ingram followed the engagement with a private 7-course meal overlooking the whole city.

The Cloister of Bramante in Rome hosts Dream, an exhibition in which some of the most recognised contemporary artists explore the world of dreams. Curated by Danilo Eccher, the exhibition is the last of a trilogy dedicated to the relationship between art and emotional states which, in the past, featured two other art shows, focused on love and enjoyment.

The new exhibition focused on dreaming presents several artworks and installations, including site-specific works.

In the Rome exhibition, the world of dreams – sometimes fairy-like, sometimes disquieting – takes the of the light-spotted installations of Tsuyoshi Tane, the starred cosmogonies of Anselm Kiefer, the translucent volumes of Anish Kapoor, the liquid visions of Christian Boltanski, and the entangled branches of Mario Merz, among others.

Check out some of their engagement pics below:

Sources: Paul Ingram & Dina Schwulst
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