Jacquelyn and Graham

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How We Met

Graham and I met back in 2013 while we both worked on the same cruise ship. We worked in different departments so we would only see each other in passing. We eventually started hanging out more outside of work since we had lots of mutual friends. One night, our cruise ship had stopped in Mykonos, Greece and we had spent the entire night out together with other friends. When we got back on board, he shared that he liked me and I told him I did too but that it wasn’t a good idea to start anything because I was going home in a week. We parted ways but kept in touch via social media. We worked on another cruise ship again in 2014 but rarely saw each other or hung out due to a heavy workload. Again, I left the cruise ship first but we started emailing each other more often. In 2017, we found ourselves together again on another cruise ship over the winter holidays. We hung out immediately and even after all the years past, the chemistry was still there. On New Year’s Eve, we hung out the entire time during a crew party. As we were about to say goodnight, Graham expressed his feelings for me again and said that he still felt the same way about me after all these years. We kissed and agreed that we shouldn’t waste this opportunity. After that, we have been doing long distance for 3 years. It’s been hard this year with COVID happening, it closed the American-Canadian border so we had been separated for nearly 9 months. Being reunited has been one of the best things to happen this year.

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How They Asked

I had taken Graham to Capilano Suspension Bridge two years ago since he had never been. We have this tradition where we go back to places we’ve been before and try to take the same picture in the same location we did the first time we were there. Two years ago, we took a silly photo with a large photo frame. When planning for New Year’s Eve 2020, he expressed interest in wanting to go back to the Suspension Bridge because he wanted to see their holiday decorations. As soon as we arrived, he wanted to go straight to the photo frame so we could get pictures taken before more people got there. We lucked out. There was no one around but it also meant no one could take our picture. He set up a self-timer with his phone and we took a couple of pictures together….or so I thought.

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Turns out, it was a setup. After we “took those pictures,” he took my purse and placed it on the ground. He faced me and told me that he loved me and that he wanted to have me in his life for the rest of our lives. He stumbled on his words a little bit while trying to reach into his front pocket so I knew what was about to happen. I remember telling him “you’re doing this now?”

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He took the ring out, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked. I started crying and then he did as well. Somehow I was able to say “yes” right away. We kissed and then he placed the ring on my finger. Little did I know, Graham had hired a photographer and he was secretly taking photos of us from a distance and up close throughout the entire proposal.

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Special Thanks

Tom Dudas
 | Photographer