Esther Sunghee and John

How We Met

John and I first met in the summer of 2005 at the end of a mission trip to Kazakhstan. I was part of the Canadian team and John was part of the American team. We didn’t have any chances to volunteer together, but at the end of the trip, he asked me to take a photo with him at the airport. Although we barely knew each other, I agreed.

For the next 10 years, we seldom contacted each other, but that all changed when John suddenly contacted me saying he was going to visit Toronto with a friend in the spring of 2015. After the spring visit, he decided to come again in the summer with a different friend. I thought that he just really liked Toronto, but soon after the summer visit, John asked me to be his girlfriend. However, it was a big deal for me because I had never dated in the past.

I prayed about it for three months before I decided to pursue a relationship with John starting on December 1st, 2015. Not only was it both our first time being in a relationship, but we started off as a long-distance couple. We sent each other snail mail several times a month and kept a diary that we would exchange every few months. John knew that I absolutely adored flowers, so he would send a stunning bouquet every other month to me. He would even compose songs for me. Even though we were apart, I could feel his love so vividly.

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How They Asked

The physical distance between John and I increased as I moved to London, UK, in April 2019 to gain international work experience in the fashion/graphic design field and to travel around Europe with my Mom. Thankfully, John had time to visit me for 10 days during the summer after his first year of medical school.

I didn’t know he planned to propose, but he told me directly what his intentions were for this trip. John told me to dress up on the day after he came to London because he was going to take me somewhere as a surprise. Although I knew he was going to propose, I was nervous and excited while we were on the rail train to the mysterious destination.

To my surprise, we ended up in an endless sea of lavender full of gorgeous scents! John left me at the picnic tables saying that he would be back shortly, but seconds became minutes and there was no sight of him. Not only that but all of a sudden it started thundering. I was becoming afraid it was going to start raining, but it only sprinkled for a few minutes and the sun came out again. Now that I reflect back, I’m thankful for the light rain because it made the lavenders shine with more vibrant colors. It truly was a blessing from God!

John came back with two workers carrying lavender picnics of high tea. We were led to the gazebo area and were left alone in an enormous 25 acres of a lavender field. Instead of having high tea, we walked around and then John gave me a hand-made card to read. He told me to read it out loud and as I did, I couldn’t stop smiling. By the time I had reached the end of the card, John got down on his knee! With a bright smile on his face, he asked, “Will you marry me?”. His eyes were sparkling! I was beaming and said yes to the love of my life! While John was still on his knee, he placed the perfect Tiffany engagement ring on my left finger. We are officially an engaged couple! It was the most romantic proposal I could’ve asked for!

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I hadn’t known, but from the moment we were walking around, a professional photographer was taking photos of our special moment! After we wrapped up the photo shoot, we went back to the gazebo and enjoyed our high tea picnic together. We soaked in the sunset and after we finished our high tea, we walked down the delightful lavender field as an engaged couple! It was the most precious and perfect afternoon we shared together. I will forever cherish the memories of the gorgeous lavender field and our magical moment together! John, my sweet Babo, I love you wholeheartedly!

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