Nicole and Daniel

How We Met

Daniel and I met at Canadian Forces Base Borden while on the same reservist military course. After being paired together for a training activity there was an immediate friendship connection, and we couldn’t stop finding reasons to speak to each other.

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When the course ended we thought that might be it – we lived an eight-hour drive away from each other! I was in Toronto and Daniel was in Northern Ontario – although, he was born and raised in Toronto and his immediate family still lived there.

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He started “visiting his family” more regularly and in a few months, we began dating. That summer I moved up north to spend my break with Daniel (I’m a teacher) and leaving to return to Toronto after our two months together was heartbreaking.

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Yet, somehow, from when we met until when I finally moved from Toronto to Northern Ontario the following summer, we managed to see each other, at minimum, every two weeks. Although a challenge, the distance wasn’t impossible. Finally, the next summer, the distance ended!

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How They Asked

In September of 2018, we traveled to Portugal together for the first time where I met the majority of Daniel’s wonderful family. I fell in love with the beauty of the country, and in particular, the city of Porto – we knew we wanted to come back soon.

Daniel’s cousin was getting married in July and we decided that we couldn’t miss it. Although excited for family time we planned two romantic days away after the family and wedding celebrations.

On day two of our getaway we invited Daniel’s sister, brother-in-law, and sweet nephews to join us in Porto for the morning. Stop 1 – my absolute favourite place, the most beautiful bookstore in the world, Livraria Lello!

Note: I love books, and I LOVE bookstores. If we pass one, we go in. And this bookstore is honestly the most beautiful, history-filled bookstore I have ever stepped foot in.

Daniel’s sister is a photographer, so when she suggested we take some photos I didn’t think anything of it. She had our nephews take their place on the gorgeous staircase, and we followed afterward.

After one or two photos, Daniel whispered in my ear, “are you ready for our next adventure?” Here’s the thing – we call most of our excursions “adventures” so I still hadn’t realized what was happening.

And then, Daniel was getting down on one knee. I cried, and said, “of course” and Daniel’s sister captured the entire proposal in photos!

Special Thanks

ZAZZ Photography
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Blue Nile
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