Natalie and Jonathan
How We Met
The first time I met Jonathan was shortly after I immigrated to Canada from South Korea when I was in grade 6. We were in the same Taekwondo class; however, he was in grade 9 and I was finishing elementary so the age gap seemed far. We barely talked. We didn’t see each other again until I was finishing high school. We saw each other at a couple of night clubs and briefly re-introduced ourselves. The first thing he noticed was how well my English had become since moving to Canada, and the second was how much we both had grown up. He took me to see Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour in 2008 because we shared an interest in music, but I thought of him as just a friend at this point. We did dinner and movies a couple of times, but really didn’t connect until we met on campus at the University of Alberta. I was now 19 and he was 22, the age gap didn’t seem like a large factor anymore. We soon began seeing each other and slowly moved into seriously dating. We quickly realized that on top of music we also shared an interest in all things Disney, food, sense of humour (goofy), streetwear/fashion, travelling and family.
How He Asked
The first time I went with Jonathan’s family to Disney World in 2011 I truly realized my love for Disney! From that point on I dreamed of being proposed to in a Disney theme park.
In 2014, Jonathan planned a double family trip to Orlando with his family and my parents. Shortly after he asked my father at a family dinner for my hand in marriage formally. I figured he was planning something at this point but he would not tell me in detail. He did give me the clue that it will happen in Orlando. I asked him what I should wear and when I should wear my pre-selected wardrobe for proposal, he simply said, “I don’t know, you will have to wait and see … “. My parents and I thought he might be doing the proposal during the night at a dinner. We planned to wear our formal clothes for the first dinner.
The first day we went to the theme park I wore my princess-y clothes because we were heading to the Magic Kingdom. When we arrived at the park, a lady suddenly approached us and gave me a rose, with a scroll. She even knew my name! I quickly opened the scroll and inside was a picture of “Beauty and the Beast”, a picture of Jonathan and I, and instructions signed by “Belle”. The instructions stated that Belle and the Beast were trying to leave us a message but had to hide the clues with roses hidden in the Magic Kingdom because the villains were trying to destroy the message. The villains had enchanted the roses with a spell and if I were unable to find all the roses the message would be lost forever. I didn’t know what was going on, but I began to start the scavenger hunt. Each rose I found had a picture memory of times I had spent with Jonathan in our 5 years together, and clues leading around the park. The final rose had instructions to go to the front of the Cinderella Castle.
As I approached the castle, there was a clue on the ground. The clue had 2 blindfolds and required us to place them over each other’s eyes for the secret message to appear. He had a “helper” come take off his blindfold first (mine was still on), then I felt “pixie dust”, and he told me to take off my blindfold. When I took off my blindfold that’s when all the magic happened. I saw him kneeling down on one knee, in front of Cinderella Castle, with a huuge crowd around us and he was holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen in my life. I immediately burst into tears, hugged him and answered “YES!”.