Victoria and Quinton

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How We Met: Quinton and I met the summer of 2009. I went on a mission trip with his church, and met him the morning that we left for Newark, NJ. Over that week we got to know each other, and our friendship strengthened over the next year.

The following summer I decided to join his church again, this time on a trip to Las Vegas. It was shortly after this trip that we started liking each other. We spent a lot of time hanging out with our group of friends, getting to know each other. Then, on August 23 we were at a bonfire at a friend’s house when Quinton and I went for a walk. We ended up climbing a tree, which is where he asked me to be his girlfriend!

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After dating for a year, our relationship became long distance. Quinton decided to join the Canadian military requiring him to move to Quebec for basic training. Around the same time, I made the decision to move to Langley, BC to attend Trinity Western University. In August of 2011, we said goodbye having no idea what was ahead of us. The next four months were probably the most challenging. We had almost no contact with each other, and our main method of communication was hand-written letters and occasional 5 minute phone calls. Quinton was eventually stationed in Edmonton,  AB. Over the next few years, we saw each other every couple months in Langley, Edmonton or at home in Ontario.

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How He Asked: April 27, 2015 we were driving through Jasper National Park on our way to Edmonton. We tried to find somewhere to go for breakfast. After struggling to find somewhere serving breakfast, we finally decided on a restaurant. We ate breakfast and figured out where we wanted to go next. Then we headed to Maligne Canyon. We parked at the 6th bridge and started walking towards the canyon. We talked about going on a long term hike and what we would wear/pack of we did so.

We reached the canyon and decided to go off the main path and climb down to the waterfall. The river was dried out and Quinton just kept walking further up the river. He kept saying “all we need now is a view of the mountains”. He kept looking around like he was looking for something, and wasn’t really satisfied with the views (Which were AMAZING). We got to the end of the river and climbed back up to the main path. Soon we saw a side path that led further up the mountain so we climbed up that. At the top we had a sweet view of the canyon and the surrounding mountains.

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Quinton kept complaining that the view wasn’t perfect. The clouds were too grey, we weren’t high enough, the mountain was cut off. I just told him to enjoy the view because it was amazing! We took my camera out to take pictures but I was missing a piece from the tripod. So we had to make a makeshift tripod on the ground. We didn’t love the first pictures we took, and Quinton was being especially picky. He was like “can we hang it in a tree to get a better angle”.

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I didn’t really know why he all of a sudden cared so much, but I wasn’t complaining. Then we realized the path went further so we turned the bend and the view got even better. I found a better place to put my camera. So I put it on 10 pictures and ran over and took a couple. Quinton kept asking “so it takes 10 right?”. He was like “let’s do one more photo”. So I set up my timer, run over beside him and he gets down on one knee. Before he could say anything I said “ARE YOU SERIOUS?”, I couldn’t believe it was actually happening.

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He used my full name, and I don’t remember everything he said, but he told me that I’m the person he wants to spend his whole life with, and he wants to do adventures with me for the rest of his life. And that being with me is the best decision he ever made. Then he opened the ring box, which I didn’t even look at, and asked if I would marry him. Of course I said yes and hugged him before he even put the ring on my finger!

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