How We Met
Donovan and I met shortly after he moved to Kelowna, British Columbia from his home town of Sherwood Park, Alberta. One evening while enjoying a glass of wine I came across his Instagram page and was immediately intrigued. Being a Dental Hygienist I am a sucker for good teeth, and he had the most amazing smile I had ever seen. I did something out of character and slid into his DM’s telling him he had the nicest smile.
Lucky for me he replied and we spent an entire week non stop talking on the phone while Donovan was away for work. The day he came home we had our first date which was a nice walk along the lake with my dog Ella and I, followed by sushi and wine. Our connection and interests immediately proved we were inseparable. For our second date, we spontaneously flew out to Vegas for a weekend of fun and to see if we could handle travelling together. It was the best time we’d ever had. We then continued on to have the most amazing year full of travelling, meeting each other’s families and friends, to ultimately deciding to leave Kelowna where we fell in love and build our dream home in Sherwood Park. Our families new from the day we met that this was it for us. Next came looking at engagement rings and finding my dream ring at Lauren B.
How They Asked
Fast forward to the most incredible trip of our lives. Hawaii had always held a very special place in Donovan’s heart as he had been coming to the islands since he was a small child. I had never been. Donovan booked our trip to Oahu for my birthday and gave me the best surprise ever. He sent flowers and the flight tickets to my office and told me to be ready for the trip of a lifetime.
Everything about the trip from the moment we left Kelowna felt like it was just completely meant to be. We were upgraded to first class on the flight into Honolulu, followed by a complimentary upgrade to a Jeep for our rental vehicle. I must admit there is no better way to explore the island than in a Jeep with the top off!
We had a Sunrise photoshoot planned with the incredible Jenna Lee on the 5th day of our trip. In my head, I totally felt like this was going to be when he proposed. We spent the first few days of the trip exploring the island as the weather was extremely windy and fairly rainy. On our fourth day “Sunday” the weather completely turned for the better. The wind was gone, the sky was blue and it was exactly what I imagined Hawaii to be.
We spent the day at the beach and Donovan told me we had dinner plans later in the evening. He mentioned prior to dinner it would be nice to try and go to the rock wall at the Ala Wai harbor and get a nice sunrise photo. So we rushed getting ready and started the long sweaty walk from our condo to the location. Upon arrival, we looked around for the perfect place to take a photo and Donovan approached a random tourist to take a photo for us. Upon leading me out onto the rocks he told me how this was the most beautiful sunset he had ever seen in all his time visiting Hawaii. As we looked out into the sunset and then turned around to have our photo taken, Donovan looked me in the eyes and said. “Kaelyn, since the day I met you, you have completely changed my life for the better.
You’ve been my everything since the first time I heard your voice and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with you. I want you to know that I will dedicate my life to making you the happiest woman, and I will endlessly love you.” And that’s the moment he dropped to one knee and reached into his back pocket. “Kaelyn Danielle Parmelee, will you marry me?” As I burst into tears and looked towards our random photo taker, that’s when I saw Jenna Lee and Sean there capturing the moment. It was all set up and the most incredible surprise. Shortly after, the amazing Emi Hart started singing.. It was her version of can’t help falling in love with you by Elvis Presley.
I lost my Dad to cancer two years ago and this was one of his favorite songs. Donovan knew this from when he asked my mom for my hand and told her that he wanted my Dad to be a part of the most special day of my life. As Emi finished her song she brought over 2 Lei’s and we Lei’d eachother on the rock that Donovan proposed on. I was still in shock and on cloud nine and after finally catching my breath we continued on to take more amazing photos with Jenna.