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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Amanda & Drew

Posted on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 3:45 PM

TANYA CANAM PHOTOGRAPHY
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Ah, modern love. The internet has made it easier for us all to find our match. That's how Amanda and Drew met. Brought together by the dating site Plenty of Fish, the two hit it off from their first date—a night at the pub for beer and wings. It's "not the most romantic thing, but is actually exactly what I'm into," says Amanda. Fast-forward a couple of years—the two have successfully reeled each other in, and decided to buy a fish tank for their home. Amanda didn't want any old setup in her living room; it had to have something special in it, she remembers saying to Drew. "We had been going out to Peggys Cove or wherever every weekend to try and collect a rock or piece of driftwood here and there," she says of their vision. Then one night, after she returned from a weekend away, Drew told Amanda he had put the finishing touch on the tank. "He said, 'Come here Amanda, I want to show you something...I even put something magical in there for you,'" she says. To her surprise, the special touch was an engagement ring. "He's really good at those kinds of thoughtful things," says Amanda of her fiance. What a catch!

—Ashley Corbett

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Terri-Lynn & Jarrett

A picture perfect surprise engagement at Egypt Falls

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 11:52 AM

THE moment at Egypt Falls - TERRI-LYNN WARREN
  • THE moment at Egypt Falls
  • Terri-Lynn Warren

During a trip to Cape Breton to visit my extended family, Jarrett and I decided to have a mini vacation along the Cabot Trail. For our first stop we re-visited one of our favourite spots in CB—Egypt Falls, which we had fallen in love with during our last Cabot Trail trip, five years ago. I was so excited to go back I was oblivious to what else was in the works. Once we arrived at the falls we took in the stunning scenery and the amazing sound of the loud rushing water. After reconnecting with this wonderful place, which we had to ourselves, we decided to recreate a photo we had taken while there five years ago. The plan was that I would sit down on the rock and Jare would stand beside me. After setting up the camera on the tripod and putting on the 10 second timer, we ran into our spots for a test shot to make sure it worked out well. Me being a photographer, a test shot didn't seem out of the ordinary to me. After the test shot we got rid of our bulky hats and jackets and prepped for the real photo. After pressing the shutter button I ran back and sat on the rock beside Jarrett as I had before. Again the camera timer light was flashing, about to go off any second, and Jare was beside me just out of my peripheral vision... although this time he was tapping me on the shoulder saying “Hey, Terri, Hey, Hey..” trying to get my attention.

In my head I was thinking "What are you doing you’re going to ruin the shot, silly!" as I still look at the camera with a permanent photo ready smile. Finally, I turned to him to see what all the commotion was about and there he was, not standing anymore, but kneeling down on one knee holding a beautiful engagement ring. The camera timer quickly left my mind as he took my hand and we stare at each other with genuinely huge smiles. It’s hard to remember exactly what was said because I basically went into a smiling shocked state filled with excitement, happiness, and love, but there were some words shared along the lines of “Will you marry me?” “Yes!” “I love you” “I love you too!”. We kissed, we hugged, and then we popped champagne (which he had snuck in his book bag earlier when I wasn't looking). And the rest was history. He bundling up so many of my loves in one exciting memory—surprises, Egypt Fall, Cape Breton, photos, the outdoors, champagne, and of course, him. And here I thought I was the romantic!

—as told by Halifax wedding photographer, Terri-Lynn Warren

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Nirupa & Mike

Popping the question with a proposal party

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 11:31 AM

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Most people look back and fondly remember their high school sweethearts as a blast from the past, but for Nirupa Varatharasan and Mike Hart-Maytas, it’s the present and future, too. Originally from Toronto, the two first met in their high school English class. Both decided separately to move to Nova Scotia to study at Dalhousie, and thus sparked their love interest to officially go steady. When Mike took an impromptu trip to Toronto last year to visit home, Nirupa decided she wanted to do the same and joined him. What she didn’t know was that he had been secretly designing her engagement ring, crafting each element to resemble her beauty, style and characteristics. Mike thought now was the perfect time to propose. “I got to this venue where I was supposed to be meeting my friends and I open the door and everyone screams ‘Surprise!’” says Nirupa. “All my friends and family, people who couldn’t be there were Skyped in. Then he got down on his knee and asked me. It was an amazing surprise.” They spent the evening enjoying their favourite things, eating, dancing and sipping cocktails alongside their loved ones. The couple will wed this summer and enjoy two weddings—one in Markham, Ontario, and the other in PEI to accommodate all family members and their traditions.

Photography by Topher & Rae Studios. See the entire set here.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Recently engaged: Nikki & Kent

Rose petals, candles, best friends and a beautiful diamon

Posted on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

PHOTOS BY KRISTYN SMITH
  • Photos by Kristyn Smith

Subletters are always a gamble, but in the case of Kent McGuire it was a perfect fit. He became fast friends with fellow Dalhousie student Nikki Richards in 2008, when he moved into a house full of her close friends. It stayed that way for about a year, before Kent finally asked Nikki on their first date (on New Year’s Eve, no less). Looking back, she says their friendship was probably the key to their romantic relationship. “Kent and I are pretty silly people, and we’re pretty shy and it took awhile to build that trust,” says Nikki, who calls her beau the funnest person she’s ever met. “Being able to trust someone for a year before you even start a real relationship, having that foundation was really important to us.” After graduation, the pair moved to Ottawa for work—Nikki travelled back and forth to a job in Kingston. Last April, after a long commute thanks to train delays, she came home to darkness and opened the door to find their apartment peppered with candles and rose petals. Shocked, she followed Kent as he led her through their home, recounting their love story before arriving at a giant heart made of petals, an engagement ring sitting in the centre. And just when Nikki thought the moment couldn’t be more perfect, out popped Scott—their mutual friend who Kent sublet from in ’08—and his wife to capture the moment, and celebrate. Nikki and Kent will return to the east coast to tie the knot on September 12, 2015 at Pictou Lodge with all of their loved ones

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nikki & Kent

Engaged!

Posted on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

KRISTYN SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
  • KRISTYN SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

Subletters are always a gamble, but in the case of Kent McGuire it was a perfect fit. He became fast friends with fellow Dalhousie student Nikki Richards in 2008, when he moved into a house full of her close friends. It stayed that way for about a year, before Kent finally asked Nikki on their first date (on New Year’s Eve, no less). Looking back, she says their friendship was probably the key to their romantic relationship. “Kent and I are pretty silly people, and we’re pretty shy and it took awhile to build that trust,” says Nikki, who calls her beau the funnest person she’s ever met. “Being able to trust someone for a year before you even start a real relationship, having that foundation was really important to us.” After graduation, the pair moved to Ottawa for work—Nikki travelled back and forth to a job in Kingston. Last April, after a long commute thanks to train delays, she came home to darkness and opened the door to find their apartment peppered with candles and rose petals. Shocked, she followed Kent as he led her through their home, recounting their love story before arriving at a giant heart made of petals, an engagement ring sitting in the centre. And just when Nikki thought the moment couldn’t be more perfect, out popped Scott—their mutual friend who Kent sublet from in ’08—and his wife to capture the moment, and celebrate. Nikki and Kent will return to the east coast to tie the knot on September 12, 2015 at Pictou Lodge with all of their loved ones.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Recently engaged: Melissa and James

A special trip to Newfoundland gets Melissa screeched in, and proposed to

Posted on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Melissa and James minutes after the proposal
  • Melissa and James minutes after the proposal

James and I have been friends for over 10 years. We always had an eye for each other but it took us forever to figure that out. We started dating one-year-and-a-half ago and it has been a dream come true ever since. After all these years of knowing each other, he can still make my heart skip a beat and each day I fall in love with him again for different reasons.

James is from Newfoundland and I had always dreamt of going to visit that magical place. So we booked a flight in July. We arrived in St. John’s on Friday July 19 at 9am. We went for breakfast and walked around town. The sun was shining so we went and toured the amazing and breathtaking views of Cape Spear, which is known as one of the four corners of the world. We walked all around the trails and every once in awhile you could see whales in the ocean. It was truly amazing and breathtaking. I couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque day in Newfoundland.

James and I found a quiet spot where we could sit and relax while taking in the views of Cape Spear. This is where my dream came true, he asked me to marry him. It was the perfect location and he could not have made it any better. My proposal was better than anything I had ever dreamed off.

So a small town Nova Scotia girl went to Newfoundland and not only did she get screeched in, she got engaged to the man of her dreams!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Recently engaged: Kate & Damon

Flag football friends score a major touchdown in the love department

Posted on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Football friends turned soulmates, Kate and Damon
  • Football friends turned soulmates, Kate and Damon

I met my best friend while taking a chance on a co-ed flag football team. Damon never spoke, and I was too intimated to speak to him, especially while running drills against him. I was immediately captivated by his eyes and his smile, but couldn't say a word. We finally spoke for the first time at an after game party, and enjoyed a few laughs and clumsy dance attempts. I had somewhere else to be and so didn't stay long. After I left, I couldn't get his goofy personality out of my head, and although Damon had won the boat race by a landslide, and I wasn't sure he would remember my name, I couldn't shake him and eventually decided to track him down. We exchanged emails and phone calls, and I was so impressed by what a gentleman he truly was. Both recently single we started out as friends, but quickly discovered we had many similiar interests, and he taught me everything there was to know about football (our favourite pastime). After two years of dating and trying to make a go of it, he finally proposed on February 2, a crisp (and very early!) morning at our favorite summertime spot, Clam Harbour Beach. Happy to just be alone on the beautiful beach with my favorite boys (Damon and our dog, Cooper) watching the sunrise, I had no idea that Damon would actually pop the question! By 9am, we were engaged, we had watched the sun rise, ran the dog, I had developed a bit of a buzz on the excitement—and morning mimosas—and were on our way back to the city to start an amazing day. Ghandi said, "Where there is love, there is life"! —as told by Kate Jollimore

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Recently Engaged: Rochelle & Jacob

Two real estate agents close the deal on true love

Posted on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Rochelle and Jacob, the cowboy of her dreams
  • Rochelle and Jacob, the cowboy of her dreams

While working for the IWK and worked as a part-time realtor with EXIT Realty Citadel (now Metro). Every year there is an EXIT Realty convention in the United States. In October 2010 the week-long convention was in Dallas, Texas and of course I went and was really excited to experience this new place. My friends would tease me and say "go meet a cowboy" and I laughed and said that I was not interested in any long distance relationships. In Dallas on a night out I met a Jacob, and though he was wearing a cowboy hat he wasn't from Dallas. It turned out he was also a Realtor with EXIT, but in Alberta! After hitting it off we decided to try a long distance relationship and visited each other back and forth. We got engaged on our two year anniversary in Nashville, at the EXIT Realty convention trip on Oct 25, 2012. We currently live in Alberta but are getting married in Halifax on March 23 and I'm so excited to marry my Albertan cowboy! —as told by Rochelle Isaac-Clements, with edits

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Recently Engaged: Brittany & Colby

There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but only one bearded man who popped the question with candy

Posted on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Brittany and Colby found love online, and in real life
  • Brittany and Colby found love online, and in real life

My fiance and I met online, on the ever-so-popular, yet dreaded, Plenty of Fish. At first my roommate made me an account as a joke but when I came across Colby I was struck by the amazing beard and silliness of his profile picture. I hesitated for days to message him but finally built up the courage to write to him and say "I like your beard". After waiting patiently-yet-anxiously for days he replied and our relationship took off from there. At first I was a little embarrassed to tell people I met a guy online especially on but now I realize its the most amazing thing that ever happened to me and I wouldn't change it for the world. Now, the engagement story. On December 13 we were planning on just cooking dinner and having a lazy night because it was our first day off together in weeks. He cooked an amazing dinner and I helped here and there but it was just the kind of meal that made me realize why I fell in love with him. He took time and effort on each thing and made sure it was perfect in appearance and taste, he is a perfectionist and for some odd reason I love that. He brings out the best and positivity in me. Later on that evening we decided to go to for coffee to get out of the apartment and just relax and after I had my jacket and keys in my hand, ready to leave, he decided last minute he was going to decline and said that he wanted to stay home and wrap gifts. I quickly responded with a rude remark and was annoyed that he changed his mind so quickly. A half hour later he told me to come in the bedroom and then asked me to take a piece of the Kinder Surprise chocolate egg that he had gotten in a gift earlier that week. I opened the chocolate and gave him half and when I opened the yellow plastic egg he was on one knee and there was a ring inside the egg. On the instructions he wrote 'Will you marry me?'. I instantly had butterflies and it was the most amazing feeling ever. I hope our story can inspire couples that love can come from anywhere and everywhere, especially when you least expect it —as told by Brittany Gouthro

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Recently Engaged: Maryanne & Mark

Bonfires and beaches.

Posted on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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Timing, they say, is everything. Mark was home in town for a few days before returning to work in Ontario, and Maryanne had recently returned from a summer in Europe. Mark saw Maryanne's profile online and contacted her. She ignored him. He tried again, and this time she replied because he had made her smile. But time was running out because in four days, he'd be leaving for work. They started exchanging information, then talking on the phone, and by Saturday night, she invited him to join her in sharing a bonfire and a drink. He showed up with a single rose and she knew he was trouble. They chatted by the fire, then spontaneously decided to drive to Lawrencetown Beach to see the stars. They easily talked about all sorts of interesting things, including glowing potatoes. It was early September, and it was incredibly cold at the beach, so after awhile Mark drove her home and dropped her off. They kept talking while he was away at work, and every day since regardless of where either of them is located.

In May, Mark suggested they drive back to that beach. It was grey, foggy and cold, and the only people around were a few courageous surfers in the waves. When they got there, Mark took her hand and walked to a spot close by where they had talked that night, and proposed.

They are getting married May 18, 2013 in Mabou, Mark's hometown.

*As told by Maryanne Fisher.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Recently Engaged: Nancy & David

Northern Italy sets the scene for the perfect proposal.

Posted on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

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David and I met five years ago through a mutual friend. After only eight months, we had bought a house together and knew that we were in it for the long haul.

Although we knew from the start that we would end up spending the rest of our lives together, life threw us a few curve balls and the timing just never seemed right to get engaged... until this year.

Back in May we took an exciting vacation to Northern Italy. I was so hopeful that David would pop the question, because what would be more romantic than a proposal in Italy! But on day five of our trip there was still no ring on my finger and I was convinced that it wasn’t going to happen. That morning, we took a ferry ride on Lake Como to the stunning island of Bellagio. They say that it is the most beautiful place in Europe, and I would have to agree. We meandered our way down along the waterfront to Villa Melzi, the most magnificent gardens I have ever seen. Eventually we made our way to the top of the hill overlooking the lake and mountains and found a tiny bench hidden amongst the trees.

After a few moments of taking in the scenery, David pulled a little bag out of his hiking pack and handed it to me. Each morning at the hotel I would stash some bread and fruit into a bag for an afternoon snack. Perfect, I thought, food! I quickly realized, however, that this was not the delicious snack that I had packed at breakfast. It was a ring! David didn’t say anything; instead, he just smiled. Words weren’t needed in that moment. What a memorable vacation!

*As told by Nancy Sutherland.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Recently Engaged: Ashley & John

Surprised at the Parade of Lights.

Posted on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

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John and I have been attending the Halifax Parade of Lights for the past five years. It has always been a fun way to start the holiday season. This past year I was in for a big surprise while watching the parade.

John had said that we were meeting some friends at the CIBC building to watch the parade. When we got there his friends were no where to be found. They "texted" to say they wouldn't be able to make it (all part of the plan to get us to watch the parade at the CIBC building).

Part way through the parade the Eastlink host came over and asked us if we would be willing to come answer a couple of questions about what we thought about the parade, etc. We then stood in the street with our backs to the oncoming parade to be interview by Tim from Eastlink. After answering a couple of questions, Tim asked us if there was anything special that brought us to the parade tonight. That's when John said, "Well actually there is..." and we turned around and I saw the banner with our picture on it saying "Ashley Will You Marry Me" coming down the road in the parade. I of course said YES!

*As told by Ashley Sawler.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Recently Engaged: Jen & Tim

A fake fall on The Oval wins her over.

Posted on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

PHOTOS BY CHRIS REARDON
  • Photos by Chris Reardon

Jen and I had been together for almost three years but I had long known that she was the girl of my dreams! While we had discussed the notion of getting married, kids and our future together, I’m not sure she could have expected what was to come and that was just how I wanted it.

A surprise of this nature required some sparkle. I can’t say that I had purchased more than a piece of jewelry or two in my life, but I had secretly filed away Jen's thoughts regarding rings at our friends weddings… of which there were many in the past few years! I went to a store I trusted and picked a ring that I hoped Jen would love.

Next on the list, I had a great chat with her Dad letting him know my intentions to marry his daughter. He gave me his families blessing which was all I needed to move forward.

I now needed a means to deliver the ring. The wheels really stated turning for me when Jen had brought home some older skates her folks had loaned us. This, just as Canada Games Oval was being completed and we had never gone skating together. Jen was currently busy working on the Canada Games as a volunteer and had worked on both the Charlottetown and Whitehorse Canada Games as well. I had learned a lot about the Games from her and felt that this might be a special way to propose. That and skating was one of the few active things we had not yet shared together.

We were both very busy with work during the Canada Games and we had been putting off skating until the games had wrapped up. Finally, a ‘date night’ was set. Armed with the loaned skates (an eclectic mix of too small figure skates and a pair of too big Micron Mega’s from the 80’s) we tried our first few circuits on the oval. My aim was to keep her on the ice long enough to ‘fake a dive’ in one of the corners and have her come to my aid. The tricky part about the whole operation was timing. I had arranged for a photographer friend whom Jen had not met to shadow us at a certain time.

The figure skates she wore that night gave her blisters. I recall having to convince her that one more lap was all I would ask of her… and I could see that Chris had pulled up a short distance behind us, skating as well. In what seemed like a very long lap, I skidded/slid to my knees on the inside of the northwest corner (rather awkwardly for such a good skater!) and luckily she came to my aid.

With many others skating around us I told her how I’d be planning this day from nearly the first day we had met and I produced my shiny treasure. She said YES!!! I then stood up with her and introduced her to Chris who had been snapping the entire time. After a few more photos, she had forgotten about her blisters and we did a few celebratory laps telling strangers that might have missed it what had just happened.

We are still happily engaged and getting married this coming May! I can’t wait.

*As told by Tim L'Esperance.

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Recently Engaged: Rachel & Evan

He proposed on bended knee.

Posted on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

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Wednesday, July 6th 2011 seemed like a regular Wednesday to me. I was planning to have dinner with some of the girls and we decided to invite the guys to come along. Complete unaware he had gone out and bought me and engagement ring.

We have been together since 2002 (high school sweet hearts I suppose) I’d been teasing about how it would be so neat to get married on the date he had asked me out, as September 22, 2012 would be our 10 year anniversary as a couple. So I was sitting outside on the front deck waiting for the crew to head out for supper. He was acting really strange, he kept suggesting we go down in the backyard where it was cooler (realistically it was not) I kept telling him to just sit down we’d be leaving for supper in a minute... when finally I gave in and followed him down to the backyard.

I was completely oblivious to the fact that he had pulled something out of his front pocket (because I was texting haha) when I finally looked up he was down on bended knee with the open ring box in his hand. He asked me to marry him and in a complete state of shock I managed to squeak out “BUT OF COURSE!!"

It was the greatest day of my life. I immediately started calling and texting everyone... before he could even say “let's surprise them all at dinner” haha.

My mother passed away in March so it was a very emotional occasion after the fact, knowing that one day this would happen and she would not be here to celebrate and help with all the planning... however she has blessed me with 6 amazing aunts who have been there for the “motherly things” I also have some very amazing friends who have been making this truly special.

Our wedding date is September 22nd, 2012 in Lower Sackville.

*As told by Rachel Slaunwhite, with edits.

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Recently Engaged: Lauren & TJ

When everything goes wrong, something goes right.

Posted on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

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TJ and I met at a retreat that took place at a convent in Pictou in January of 2009. A couple of weeks later we went out for lunch - not as a date, but it quickly turned into a date! After two years of dating we both felt it was about time to get married. Finally, in June of 2011, TJ was away for work and promised he would plan something special for the first weekend he was back. We drove up to Cape Breton Highlands National Park to hike in to Fishing Cove, a backcountry camping site. Unfortunately, almost everything seemed to go wrong! The path we took had been partially lost to a landslide, so we were hiking over mounds of dirt and fallen trees. The weather was getting windier as we hiked in and by the time we reached the campsite it looked like it was going to storm. That’s when we discovered the tent we had borrowed from a friend was missing a vital piece – the fly! We ended up rigging the tent as a tarp, using a rope to keep it (barely) off the ground and large rocks to hold the edges down. By this point we were hungry, but it quickly became apparent that on the way in (maybe climbing over one of those trees!) we had lost the large loaf of bread that was supposed to make up most of our dinner. After a bite of cold cabbage, tired and disheartened, TJ led me to a spot overlooking the ocean, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Although the wind kept me up most of the night, I couldn’t help but smile every time I glanced at the diamond ring on my finger!

We are getting married on May 12, 2012.

*As told by Lauren Wiebe

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