This session is possibly one of my favorites that I have ever done. When I was working through it, I was seriously smiling to the point that slowly my face began to hurt and I had to make a conscious effort not to smile. I have been around my fair share of absolutely, head over heels in love couples but these two have something really special.
As a background, I have been friends with Angelina for a long time. Looking back at my years in Sexsmith, there is scarcely an epic memory that does not include her. I could provide a kaleidoscope of examples. After everything we have been through, the ups and the downs, we have remained very good friends, still spilling our hearts out to each other through much laughter and many tears.
When Kyle came along, I was still in Grande Prairie while they were in Edmonton. They were introduced to each other via a mutual friend. When I came to Edmonton and saw them together for the first time, I could not believe the transformation in Angelina. She could not stop smiling (check out the evidence below)! He, simply put, made her extremely happy. Trust me when I say, Kyle was an answer to prayer. With his love, Angelina grew more confident in herself and began to see herself as we had all seen her for so long: stunningly beautiful, side-splittingly funny, and incredibly caring.
Kyle and Angelina may you have a joyous, grace-filled marriage that continues to bring the most beautiful sides of each other out for the world to see. I love you both!
Kyle's Proposal Story:
Angelina and I started dating sometime between November of 2010 and January of 2011. Though we had hung out several times our first official date was the second week of January when I took her Culina’s restaurant followed by a night of improv comedy. (Our first date is a whole another hilarious story).
Early on I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Angelina, and it was clear we both felt the same way. I think I most seriously started thinking about proposing the fall of 2013. After the most amazing trip together. It was after this road trip through Lake Louise, Banff, and Kananaskis I really started the planning. For months while I ring shopped and planned I told no one, not even my family and closest friends. It was to be a surprise to everyone.
Before I could propose I first needed to ask permission from both Angelina dad Kelly and her step dad Tom. The difficult part of that is that they both live 5 hours away and we seldom see them. Even more seldom do I get to talk to them alone. My opportunity came at Christmas. We spent Christmas morning with Debbie and Tom and when Angelina and Debbie went upstairs to clean up I asked Tom. Asking Kelly was a bit more difficult. We spent the following day (Boxing Day with Angelina’s Dad’s family). All day I tried to get Kelly alone. But all day we were surrounded by family. I even tried getting Kelly to show me some stuff in his garage so that we could go out there alone, but with no luck. Finally at the end of the evening (Angelina and I were last to leave) it appeared as though we would leave without getting a chance for me to ask. But then I had a thought. Just before we pulled out of the driveway I went back into the house. I told Angelina that I wanted to get some paper towel to clean the headlights on the car. I met Kelly in the garage where when he grabbed me some shop towels I leaned in and asked him. I was trying to be as discrete as possible because Angelina was no more than 20 feet away in the car (in plain sight). Kelly responded (not so discretely) by bear hugging me and lifting me off the ground. How Angelina didn’t notice is beyond me.
So the Dad’s had been asked. I now had to get everything perfect for the proposal. I wanted to propose on our third anniversary. I told her I was planning something special for our anniversary but it was to be a surprise. I took her to the same place we had our first date Culinas. Culina’s is a romantic small restaurant; it was the perfect venue for a proposal. We had a great meal. After supper, to Angelina’s surprise, the server brought her out a nicely wrapped gift. At first she was a little peeved, because we were not supposed to get each other anything. She opened it. It was a photo book that I had made with many of the pictures of us together over the 3 years. I had delivered it the day before and given the serving staff instructions when to bring it out. It was in order by year. With pages marked Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3. And finally, on the inside back cover, I had written “Forever?”. As soon as she read the last page that’s when I got down on one knee. I had a bit of a speech prepared (which for the life of me I cannot remember), and at the end I asked her if she would marry me. In tears and with a smile she said yes.
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xoxo - Leah