How We Met
I met Christophe the summer before high school, and I knew I loved him the first time I saw him. We met through mutual friends and quickly bonded, as we were about to journey through the next chapter of starting a new school and entering our teen years. As we navigated through grades 9 and 10, we did everything together from science class and cafeteria lunches to our first drinking party (whoops!) and school band trips. Our friendship only got stronger with time and we never wanted to leave each other’s side. I knew my friendship with Christophe was turning into something more when he started coming with me to family events and would listen to me talk about problems I was having with my boyfriend at the time. By the end of grade 10, I ended things with my high school boyfriend and Christophe and I started dating 2 weeks later, not looking back once since.
So as high school sweethearts we traveled to Europe with school, went to grad as each other’s dates got our first university degrees, and just enjoyed every minute of growing up together. In 2017, after 7 years of dating, we decided to take the next step and purchase our first home together. It was the greatest thing we could have done, as there is no better way to start my day than to do so knowing that my best friend and partner in life is always by my side. After living together and happily tackling whatever new step life threw our way, we were inspired to do some traveling while we were young and uninhibited. We decided to start crossing off some bucket list trips of ours and spontaneously booked plane tickets to Iceland – a place Christophe knew I’d been wanting to visit for years and needed to see before too long.
How They Asked
So we ventured to Iceland where we road tripped and camped and explored new places every day. We joked that every new waterfall, lava field, glacier, rock formation or cave that we discovered was our new favourite spot in Iceland, each being more breathtaking than the last. Halfway through the trip, we explored Diamond Beach (Breiðamerkursandur), a place where washed-up icebergs scatter the beach like sparkling diamonds on the black sand. We spent hours there exploring and taking touristy photos. Toward the end of our day at Diamond Beach, Christophe told me to look out at the water so he could take a photo of me “looking out into the distance”. I laughed and did so, then turned around to see what was taking him so long!
When I turned around, there he was on one knee with a ring box in hand. I began to cry and he asked me to marry him so we could go on more adventures like these together. It was the most magical surprise I could have imagined, and I know that was the day we truly found our favourite spot in Iceland.