Mackenzie and Thomas
How We Met
Thomas and I met in 2015, both volunteering at a charity event in support of a local humane society. I was bartending and he was supposed to be checking IDs, but when fewer people arrived than expected, he took the opportunity to wander over to the bar and strike up a conversation. Hours and quite a few drinks later, he and I took our break together to watch the stars and chat about everything from hopes and dreams to fears and setbacks. On our way back to the tent, he asked if he could kiss me, meanwhile scuffing my brand new white tennis shoes (I still bug him about them to this day). We couldn’t deny the connection and he took me out on our first date the next day.
If our time together could be summed up in one story, it would probably have to be our first date. He asked me to meet him at a local ice cream shop, where he proceeded to spill chocolate ice cream all over his jeans (great ice breaker). He then led me on a walk through the park, where he had set up a picnic, with roses, chocolate, and music – I’m so lucky to have met such a romantic! To end the evening, as I was about to pull out of the parking lot, he leaned in to kiss me and accidentally hit his head on my car door. I was laughing too hard to even kiss him goodnight. We’ve had four years of laughter, romance, and adventures and I have continually swept off my feet time and time again.
How They Asked
A few years later, we were living together, had dogs together and were planning our life. We had been planning a trip to Hawaii when friends of ours accidentally shared Thomas’ plans to propose on our trip. Disheartened that his plan was ruined, he surprised me with the most beautiful proposal in Niagara on the Lake – where we are getting married now in 2020. He had it perfectly planned. Knowing I wanted to get married at the BEAUTIFUL Gracewood Estate, he planned a night out with our moms and took us for a walk through the orchard. I asked for a picture together under the big oak tree and while I was smiling for the camera, he got down on one knee and proposed. I, of course, said yes!
Still disappointed that he wasn’t able to execute his original plan, on my 25th birthday at the top of Mount Haleakala in Maui, Thomas proposed a second time as the sun rose in the sky, with a second engagement ring – his grandmother’s, who had passed away a few months before.
I am the luckiest girl in the world, to have a kind, caring and thoughtful man, who has followed me around the world and made every moment and every story special.