How did you two meet?
We met at Siao's 25th birthday party. At a salsa club.
When did you start dating? Who asked who?
We started dating May 28, 2014. Gurkan asked for my number the night that we met, and we texted for about two weeks before we went on our first date.
Describe your first date. Did you know it would lead to more dates? A relationship?
We did something low-key, went to eat at Boston Pizza and then kept the conversation going at Second Cup. Yes, we both enjoyed each other's company and wanted to get to know each other more.
Who proposed? How did it happen?
Gurkan proposed. We were on vacation in Maui, Hawaii, celebrating our two year anniversary. We went to the summit of Haleakala, which is a volcano, where we watched the sunrise. As the sun finished rising, Gurkan had set up a camera, to "take pictures" but really he had it on record and proposed to me. It was pretty intimate as the spot that we were at was secluded, away from the crowds.
Was the proposal a complete surprise? How did you celebrate after?
Not really, I (Siao) knew it was coming because we had discussed getting married quite a bit, and felt that we were ready to take that next step. Since I knew he wanted to propose on a trip, and we had our Hawaii trip coming up, I had a good feeling it would happen then. I just didn't know when or where. After he proposed, we went out for a nice dinner by the ocean. When we came back to Edmonton, our families threw an engagement party in Rundle Park so we could celebrate with all our close friends and family.
How did you know he/she was the one you want to marry?
Gurkan: I knew she was the one because she makes me happy and has all of the qualities I would like in a partner. She's very loving and caring, and family-oriented. These are the most important things I was looking for and Siao compliments me perfectly.
Siao: I knew Gurkan was the one when I felt completely secure and could be 100% myself around him. He's great with my family and that was important to me. He gets all of my quirks and accepts my flaws. I feel like we mesh really well and have the same sense of humour, which is great, because we laugh all the time together and silly things.
How do you like to spend your free time together?
We like visiting with family, watching different t.v shows.
Siao: I really like going grocery shopping together haha and just doing things together.
What kind of adjectives would you use to describe yourselves as a couple?
Adventurous (we love to travel), home-bodies, and fun-loving
Are there any quirks you like about each other?
Gurkan: I like her scratching my back
Do you have any memorable moments you've shared together?
Our first big trip together, we went to Europe. Getting engaged (of course!)
What has been the biggest struggle you've faced as a couple?
The biggest struggle has been Gurkan's work schedule. He works out of town a lot and it's very unpredictable. We don't know when jobs will start and end, so it's been hard to plan for things.
In a world where unfortunate circumstances & divorces occur, what makes you confident your marriage will survive its challenges?
We both have good examples in our lives of strong marriages. Both of our parents are big influences, and we've seen/learned the importance of compromise, listening to each other, and knowing that no one is perfect and relationships take constant work to ensure it stays strong.
If you were stranded on an island:
Siao: Gurkan would build things asap. He's so handy!
Gurkan: Siao would stress out and panic (Laughs). But seriously though, she would look for stuff to cook and keep us fed.
What are your goals & dreams for the future?
We plan on doing a lot more travelling, buying a house in a few years and hopefully starting a family.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with me? We're both really happy we found each other, and cannot wait to finally be married.