Champagne and a plane: Sophie Monk met Joshua Gross in the most unexpected way

Love at first flight!
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Australia watched her try and find love on The Bachelorette, but it was outside of the dating show that Sophie Monk found the love of her life, Joshua Gross. 

WATCH BELOW: Sophie Monk and Joshua Gross celebrate at their engagement party

A year after her season wrapped up and Sophie had moved on from her chosen winner, Stu Laundy, the blonde beauty went on to meet the man who would later become her beloved husband, and she never saw it coming.

The Beauty and the Geek host was on a business class flight and after a few champagnes, she leaned in for a kiss with the “random” man sitting next to her.

“He was so charming and funny and he had no idea what I did,” Sophie told the Kyle & Jackie O Show.

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Sophie met Joshua in August 2018 after they were seated together on a flight. (Credit: Instagram)

The moment was a little out of character for Sophie, who told 9Honey that normally she would “never” approach, let alone kiss, a fellow passenger during a flight.

But it was the unique “chemistry” that Sophie said she had never felt before with anyone that drew her in.

“I just sat down and he had a sense of humour and I was like, ‘Oh how relieving, sitting next to someone you can have a chat with’,” she said.

“I was like, ‘Good sense of humour, hard worker’… it just happened.”

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“I definitely feel more comfortable and more myself with him than in any other relationship.” (Credit: Instagram)

Sure enough, the chemistry between them held strong, and Sophie even described her relationship with Joshua as “the best” and that she couldn’t wait to be married to him.

In a chat with TV WEEK, the blonde beauty confessed: “I’ve never had someone move in with me – ever. I love it. I wake up, he gets me coffee… It’s so nice having him there. He’s perfect.”

She also gushed about her beau, saying he is “awesome”, and the two of them are “really good,” adding: “I definitely feel more comfortable and more myself with him than in any other relationship.”

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The pair got engaged in January 2021. (Credit: Instagram)

And three years after their chance meeting, Joshua finally popped the question, with Sophie taking to Instagram to announce their engagement on January 15, 2021.

“Told you I’d tell you guys first. I’m engaged. I honestly can’t thank you enough for all the love and support,” she penned.

“@joshuargross and I are so happy. Josh designed a very personal ring with my favourite Aussie designer @luke_rose_jewellery and I LOVE IT.”

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Joshua shared this photo from their engagement party. (Credit: Instagram)

The pair hosted their engagement party a few months later, with Sophie taking a moment to express how “lucky” she felt.

“This is our engagement party at home. I feel very lucky. @joshuargross I love you so so much. Thank you for putting up with me and cleaning up after the party.”

Joshua also took to Instagram to gush about his fiancée and wrote: “Luckiest man alive… xxx @sophiemonk.”

Following a similar theme to their home engagement party, the two tied the knot in early 2022 in a secret elopement at their home on the Central Coast of NSW.

Speaking to Stellar Magazine about their special day, Joshua said: “We’ve had a really lovely day together. It’s been a dream. When I’m with her, it’s just smooth. I couldn’t be happier.”

“It has been so beautiful and relaxed,” Sophie added. “We didn’t know what the day was going to look like because we rushed it, and it has superseded our expectations.”

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