Khrystyna and Nicholas

How We Met

I do believe Nick and I were meant to meet the way we did at the time that we did. We both went to Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School, Nick two years ahead of me, but we never met. Our families lived a few blocks apart, but we never met. The Moros moved, and a few years later the Kulyasas moved into their home – 5 minutes apart, but we never met.

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Khrystyna's Proposal in At our new home, in Toronto

In 2014, we almost didn’t make it to a friend’s birthday. For a few years, we had both been going to his parties (Hi Chris!) but never met since I stuck with the Bishop Allen crew and Nick with the Michael Power group. That night at the Maddy I thought “Who’s this cute guy I don’t know?”, I drank a whiskey sour for the first time since Nick had ordered extras and we both looked back at each other after we crossed paths to the bathroom. Little did we know what this would be!

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Proposal Ideas At our new home, in Toronto

If you know Nick, you know he’s a bit of a turtle? sloth? when it comes to going for it, so of course after texting for a few days I decided to give him a nudge and said “That was fun we should hang out again!” and alas, he made plans to take me out dancing to some place he knew. We showed up and it had since become a country saloon (not really our thing) so we ended up at Gracie O’Malleys, drank beers, laughed, danced to Bon Jovi, shared our first kiss and both ran to each other even though we were already ready to leave when we heard “Drunk in Love” come on because we just HAD to dance to it.

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Things haven’t always worked out as we wanted them to (like the country saloon), but over the last five years, Nick supported me in my move to Ottawa (only a few months into our relationship!), committed with the long distance drives and at-times long absences, bought us a house and worked so hard to make it our dream home, been my biggest cheerleader when I launched my business and supported me through all the ups and downs. We have seen each other at our lowest and enjoyed some incredible highs together.

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Right now, I’m just filled with joy and gratitude to have found such a strong, loving, caring and committed partner to learn and grow with. Can’t wait to keep having fun and enjoying this love together!

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How They Asked

Ever since we got our house in December 2017, we’ve sort of felt like we were close to an engagement but everyone including me was convinced Nick was going to wait until our renovations were completed to pop the question. Being a wedding planner, I of course constantly talk about weddings and am surrounded by lots of beautiful ideas and in the last year have really refined what I think our vision would be when the time came. Last week, Nick’s brother proposed to his girlfriend so even though we had our five year anniversary weekend coming up and I had originally thought “maybe this is it”, I figured he wouldn’t act on it. Little did I know that this whole thing has been in the works since January. It’s neat since we got our houses around the same time and now get to experience engaged life together too!

On Friday morning I got a call from Franco, my sister’s boyfriend, saying that he’s been working at our house and he needs help since he’s on a ladder, trying to maneuver some drywall and things aren’t looking good and he’s about to fall as things slip. He really did a good job playing up the danger and urgency so I threw on the first thing I saw and rushed over to the house, not knowing how I’d find him. I flew through the front door to see Nick sitting in a perfect suit, looking incredible, waiting for me. It took me truly by surprise and took my brain some time to process and understand that Franco wasn’t really there or in danger.

We both teared up as Nick proposed we spend the rest of our lives together in the middle of our almost finished dream home. It was the perfect intimate, emotional, special moment. It’s surreal – you picture this moment over and over and imagine how it might be, but when it’s happening, all you feel is pure joy and love and no one else and nothing else matters.

He had his phone secretly taping the whole thing and afterward we just took a moment to be together before telling our closest family members.

Now it really helps that we had an anniversary trip planned to Niagara-on-the-Lake, but I highly recommend a stay-cation or quick getaway if possible after you get engaged to just spend that precious time alone together. We told our closest friends next and then put away the phones and just enjoyed some good food, great time, movies by the fireplace and sleeping in with no interruptions.

Fun fact: I’ve also had a ring for Nick too since September (truly is “how they asked!”). Since he works in construction, I’ve always known he might not be able to wear a wedding band safely so I thought it would be nice if I got him an engraved Enso ring that he could wear at work. This way after his proposal I could propose too, and he could wear it as an engagement ring until the wedding band (which he might wear on a chain or somewhere else where it’s safe). I proposed the same evening in Niagara and it just truly felt like the happiest day.

We then spontaneously decided to take a stroll through a nearby vineyard and invite a photographer to capture these first few exciting moments (yay for my industry circles!). It turns out it was meant to be as our choice was visiting for the weekend and upon arrival we discovered was a classmate of Nick’s in high school! Amanda did such an incredible job capturing these special moments and I’m so glad we did it before the whole world knew. We were so relaxed and just had fun with each other.

As a wedding planner, I can’t wait to see the best of us come together and materialize in an amazing celebration with those closest to us. Most importantly, I want us to have fun along the way and just enjoy it!

Special Thanks

Amanda Soriano
 | Photographer