How We Met
We met in high school, over a decade ago! I was registering for grade 11 at a new high school, and Karen was trying to fix her timetable in the guidance office. We made eye contact but didn’t say a word to each other until we ended up in the same class in grade 12. We both had very different lives and although none of us admitted it back then, we both secretly had a crush on each other. But life took us on separate paths, and all that came about in high school was a solid friendship. Two years after high school, our paths once again crossed and with it came some romance! But unfortunately, our attitudes and outlook in life did not synchronize, which proceeded with an unspoken goodbye (“I was young and dumb ”- Jose).
True love has a habit of coming back. Seven years later, our love story that was put on pause, continued with the help of a simple Facebook message (“an apology for being young and dumb” – Jose). Thanks to Karen’s forgiving heart, that sincere apology message gave us a shot at true love. From that day going forward, our relationship and love have grown exponentially, perhaps trying to catch up for all the time lost.
Now we are synchronized, staring in the same direction, walking on the same path! We feel in our hearts, that God was simply preparing us to be the best version of ourselves for each other, and that every decision made in the past, led to where we are now and we wouldn’t change a single thing!
How They Asked
I always knew Karen had a love for nature – God’s great wonders, as she would describe it. She always expressed her admiration and the peace she felt amongst the mountains and the ocean. I loved it just as much as she did, and we knew how much it meant to us. Therefore, I couldn’t think of a more beautiful setting than in British Columbia, high up in the mountains and ocean! Therefore, all my research led me to choose one of the most beautiful settings, the Sea To Sky Gondola, in Squamish. I knew without a doubt she’d fall in love with this place.
On the day of, I told her we had to go to this place that I had seen on Instagram. I told her to dress up a bit so we can take nice pictures (that we wouldn’t be hiking as we had been in the past days). It didn’t take much convincing, and she got ready. I had contacted a photographer, Marie Skerl, who lived in Vancouver, (she’s awesome), to capture our proposal and take a few pictures afterward. As we went up the gondola, Marie was up there already, with her camera, waiting at the spot I was going to propose to Karen.
I was so nervous, I had to get her to quickly cross a bridge because Marie was waiting. We finally made it, went down on one knee, forgot the speech I had practiced, and simply asked Karen if she’d spend the rest of her life by my side. With a big smile on her face, she said YES, and bumped into another surprise when she saw Marie, taking pictures. It was an unforgettable day!