One year ago today, my husband, Steven, got down on one knee and proposed! In honor of this happy memory, I wanted to share our engagement story!
Last November, Steven and I went on a vacation to Banff, Alberta. We left on a Thursday, and after months of obsessing over pictures of Lake Louise, downtown Banff, and the Canadian Rockies, I couldn’t believe our adventure was finally starting! At this point, we had been dating for a year and a half, and while I saw marriage as a future possibility, I wasn’t expecting a proposal anytime soon. Little did I know, my friends and family had been keeping a huge secret from me for the past month, and I was in for a big surprise!
The morning after arrival, we headed out to go dog sledding in Canmore. For those of you who don’t know me too well, I’m dog obsessed. I’m the girl who disappears at parties and friends’ houses to go hang out with their dogs. I’m like the crazy dog lady, except I don’t own any dogs and never had one growing up because my mom is allergic to them. While I haven’t lived at home since I was 22, my housing situation has prevented me from getting a dog, and I’m patiently waiting to live in a home with a large yard for my many dogs to frolic in. With that being said, going dog sledding was a dream come true!
After a terrifying drive through windy, icy, mountain roads, we arrived at the location, and around one hundred excited dogs greeted us! Once we were assigned our sled, I went and cuddled our seven new companions for the day, and then we were off! We were the first run of the season, so the dogs were all very excited to be back in the action and couldn’t wait to run. As we sled down snowy mountain paths, I rode in the sled wrapped in blankets, while Steven rode on the back helping to steer. We finished our journey sledding across a frozen lake. It was an incredible experience, and although I was freezing, it was hard to say goodbye to all the lovable dogs!
After dog sledding, we headed back to our hotel at Lake Louise to warm up and get some dinner. As we neared the hotel, the sun was starting to set, creating the most picture perfect pink backdrop against the mountains. I told Steven to drive faster, hoping we could get to the lake in time to get a picture! We arrived at the hotel just in time, and as I snapped a few photos on my phone, Steven was trying to set up his mini tripod to get a picture of us. The snow was hindering his attempts, so a stranger walking by offered to take the picture (which I later found out was actually a video). Not knowing the event that was about to happen, I kept telling Steven to hurry up and pose for the picture, before the light disappeared (he was busy explaining to the stranger what was about to happen and to try and record a full video). Eventually, Steven came over, and as the guy counted to three, Steven got down on one knee and proposed! Trying to process what was going on, my first thought was, “Why is Steven getting down on one knee? He’s going to ruin the picture!”. Then, the realization set in, and of course I said yes!