Allison and Dean

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How We Met

Dean and I met while working at a well known tourist attraction in Victoria, BC in the summer of 2011. We were both seeing other people, but he had a certain glimmer in his eyes that left me daydreaming about him all day everyday. After what seemed like an eternity (only a couple weeks), Dean and I ended up scheduled in the same area one day. Dean casually mentioned that he and his girlfriend of a few years had broken up. It took everything in my power to contain my excitement. For the remainder of the summer, we were inseparable. He would pick me up after work in his family’s car and we would drive around town, stargazing and talking about life. It was pretty clear to me he was meant to be a huge part of my life. When September rolled around, Dean returned to school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, which was a ferry ride and multiple bus transfers away. Over the past 6 years we have traveled back and forth, as well as abroad, shared dreams and fears, dressed up in Disney couple Halloween costumes and remained each other’s best friend through thick and thin. Days before Christmas 2015, Dean’s little brother tragically passed away. I felt as though I had lost my own brother. I had been sharing tears with Dean’s grandfather (who reminds me of my own sweet, late grandpa) when he said “He was supposed to be your brother-in-law, wasn’t he?” I had be sure of “us” since we started dating, but it was at that point that I realized I loved his family just as much as I loved him, and that I wanted to be a part of it for the rest of my life.

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how they asked

Written by Dean – “We were heading from Victoria to see Queen and Adam Lambert’s performance in Vancouver. In addition to doing wedding and special event planning, Allison is a photographer and had taken many photos of the 150th Canada Day celebrations downtown the night before as a volunteer. When we first boarded the ferry we went to the cafeteria to get lunch and Allison wanted to spend the sailing editing her photos so she could send them in to the Spirit 150 organizers. With a little persuasion she agreed to put away her laptop and come enjoy the sun on the outer deck. As we headed into Active Pass we set up on one of the benches on deck 7. As the Spirit of BC came into view, we could see that the outer decks were crowded with waving passengers. Allison and I stood at the railing and I commented on how many people there were on the other vessel! As the ferries began to pass each other, my sister and two of my friends unrolled the banner we had spent days painting on the outer deck of the Spirit of BC with the help of some of the 200 or so passengers that they had recruited to cheer us on. I gave Allison a moment to read the words “Will you marry me?” before pulling out the ring and taking a knee. After a few seconds of disbelief and another look back at the banner, she responded with “Yes, obviously!” At this point her parents, brother, and grandma came out of hiding and the rest of the trip was spent with many hugs, handshakes, and congratulations from many of the other passengers.”

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