We met up with Michelle & Kyle for their engagement shoot at Elk Island, and it was such a gorgeous day for it! You'll have to check out the photos below, because you could not have asked for a dreamier sunset overlooking the lake. I felt kind of bad when there were a bunch of people waiting for us to get off the dock so they could take their own photos (sorry about that!), but thankfully they were so nice about it!
Three things I learned from our evening together:
- It is always cool to have your own entourage come along with you on the shoot! (ESPECIALLY if you're bringing along your puppy, it really helps to have someone else come along to watch him/her for you)!
- I am definitely heading out to Elk Island more often this summer.
- Bring bug spray.
Your names & ages: Michelle & Kyle
Occupations: Teacher & Truck Driver
Current relationship status: 7 years together and still going strong!
How did you two meet?
Outback Steakhouse! I was the server/bartender there, and his best friend also happened to be working in the kitchen as one of our cooks. So Kyle would always pick him up on Friday nights and sit at the bar and chat while waiting for his friend to get off work. From there we became friends since he was always in the restaurant! He was our favourite Outback regular =)
When did you start dating? Who asked who?
Our "official" anniversary date is on June 28, 2010. HOWEVER, we started seeing each other around late February-early March. We hung out with our group of Outback friends for about 3 years before we officially started dating.
One night, we were all hanging out at a friend's place after work, and when the night ended we went our separate ways and went home. I was barely home for 10 minutes when I received a text from Kyle asking if I wanted to continue the night and go out for a couple drinks. I assumed he was asking me to hangout with a group of friends, but when he picked me up, it was just him! I guess you could call that our first official date. We went to Original Joes for a few drinks, talked for a couple hours, and flirted...a lot.
Describe your first date. Did you know it would lead to more dates? A relationship?
Our first date was at Original Joes. We had just finished hanging out with a group of friends and Kyle asked me if I wanted to go out and continue the night. At first when he asked, I thought he was inviting me out to continue hanging out with him and the rest of his guy friends....I had absolutely no clue whatsoever that he was trying to ask me out on a date! When he showed up outside my house, he was alone..no friends. Just me and him! We drove to Original Joes and just talked and flirted the entire time. After the night ended, I had no idea that one date would lead to a relationship. But we went with the flow, and eventually we just kept hanging out with each other... alone. Every time we hung out, I started to like him more and more..(Honestly, Kyle and I were ALWAYS hanging out with a group of friends so whenever Kyle and I hung out alone, it was a huge deal to everyone).
Kyle and I were in the "not too sure if we're in a real relationship" phase for about 3-4 months. It wasn't until his best friend said, "Kyle, you better make this "official" with Michelle before her last day of school!" I'm an elementary teacher and I was in my very first year of teaching at the time. My last day of school that year was on June 29, 2010.....Kyle officially asked me to be his girlfriend on June 28, 2010. =)
Who proposed? How did it happen?
I got severely sick at the end of June 2016. Work was so stressful and I was rushing to finish up all of my marking and paperwork before the end of the school year. My sickness eventually turned into.....shingles.....yes, SHINGLES...it was absolutely AWFUL. I had to take a few days off work and I was on bed rest all day.
Finally, on Friday, June 24, 2016, I started to feel a bit better. I got up and decided to hit up Chapters and buy my sister a birthday gift since it was her birthday that same day! I was out and about for about an hour, when I started feeling very sick again. I was supposed to stop at the grocery store to pick up a few things, but I just didn't have the energy to do it. So I called Kyle from my car, and I asked him if he can stop at the grocery store instead. He said "okay" and asked me what time I was coming home. I told him I would be home in less than 10 mins because my energy level was decreasing and I just wanted to go home and lay in bed.
When I got home, I opened up the garage door and as soon as I walked inside the house I see Kyle on one knee (in a dress shirt and he HARDLY EVER dresses up!!!) and a sign beside the staircase that said "Will you marry my dad" (Our fur baby, Rex was supposed to wear it around his neck, but he just wasn't having it).
As soon as I opened the door, I actually saw the sign first, and then I see Kyle down on one knee holding a box with a diamond ring in it. I was holding a bag of books for my sister's birthday gift, and I DROPPED it on the floor in complete shock. Kyle just looked right at me and said "I'm sorry, I couldn't wait".
I immediately ran and hugged him (as sick as I was) and he put the ring on my finger.
Yes, It would have been ideal if Kyle waited until I wasn't so gross and contagious, but classic Kyle couldn't wait to surprise me. He just couldn't wait! So as sick as I was, he proposed to me! I still can't believe it to this day! To top it off, Rex was at the top of the staircase wearing the cutest little doggy collar and now tie (Okay well...he was chewing on the doggy collar and bow tie..) but still super adorable!!!
For Kyle to incorporate (or at least try to incorporate) our fur baby into his proposal, was just the icing to the cake! As horrible as I felt that entire week, it was also the most perfect and most unforgettable week I have ever had.
Was the proposal a complete surprise? How did you celebrate after?
After reading my story...YES it was a complete surprise!!
We couldn't celebrate until the week after when I was mostly healed up. We went out for dinner with our families to celebrate =)
How did you know he/she was the one you want to marry?
I have 2 answers to this question!
First, I knew he was the one when I saw him interact with my big Filipino family. Even with the culture difference, he just dove right in and made quick friends with all of my cousins. He would even spend time with the little kids in my family and often I would find myself looking for him at a family party only to find him goofing off with a couple of 6 year olds! He is also willing to try many Filipino dishes, which is a huge bonus for me!!
Second, is a more personal story....
Everyone has meltdowns, I know that. But I'm the type of person that tries to hide it when I'm upset, and then I will eventually just blow up. It's my biggest flaw and something that many people do not know about me.
The first time I had an atomic meltdown in front of Kyle, I felt so upset and so embarrassed and I was convinced that I had scared Kyle off. But he stayed. He calmed me down, and didn't leave my side until I felt okay again. That's when I KNEW he was the one.
Kyle has seen me at my worst, and he never gave up on me. That right there shows me that I mean as much to him as he does to me. Why wouldn't I want to marry him?!
How do you like to spend your free time together?
Mostly stay at home and watch movies. We are both home bodies and that's what I love about us. Cuddling on the couch watching Crime and Murder Mystery shows is one of our most favourite things to do! We also LOVE camping with family and friends during the summer. And of course we love to spend time with our fur baby at a dog park or river valley.
What kind of adjectives would you use to describe yourselves as a couple?
Are there any quirks you like about each other?
He thinks Its hilarious that I always have to enunciate words with the letter "T" (for example, the word "buTTon"). Our future baby will not have a letter "T" in their name because of this....
And I love it that he hates it sooooo much when people touch his nose. So I do it anyways to annoy him =P
Do you have any memorable moments you've shared together?
We've been together for 7 years, so there are so many memorable moments that I can't choose just one. First and foremost, his love for my big giant Filipino family. He looks forward to my enormous family get togethers more than I do sometimes!
But most recently, my most memorable memory with Kyle is diving in and buying our home together. It was a huge decision, but I wouldn't change it for the world. Shortly after buying our first house, we adopted a pitbull and named him Rex. Getting Rex definitely made us closer as a couple so I would say adopting him is our most memorable moment that we've shared together so far!!
What has been the biggest struggle you've faced as a couple?
Definitely since we bought our house, our biggest struggles thus far is financial issues. But no matter how big our fights get about money, we always somehow manage to figure it out!!
In a world where unfortunate circumstances & divorces occur, what makes you confident your marriage will survive its challenges?
It just seems like we have already survived the worst throughout our 7 years of dating. I just don't see any obstacle big enough that could truly break us apart.
If you were stranded on an island:
We would need to figure out how to get food or Kyle knows I will get HANGRY
What are your goals & dreams for the future?
Definitely to have a family together.