On Top of the World

One ro­man­tic con­trib­u­tor re­counts the story of the best day of his life—his wed­ding day.

More of Our Canada - - Contents - By Mike Bernier, Keswick, Ont.

On July 28, 2016, my fi­ancée Christina and I ar­rived in Tober­mory, Ont., after a long three- hour drive. The first thing she did was find her room and the first thing I did was find my friends. I had three of my best friends wait­ing for us there— they were my grooms­men. Christina and I were get­ting mar­ried the next morn­ing, but I was go­ing out to eat and drink with my bud­dies that night. The evening was great. We watched the ferry come in and en­joyed a great din­ner.

The next day, we all drove to Cyprus Lake Camp­ground just 15 min­utes south of Tober­mory. After park­ing the cars, we walked the kilo­me­ter to the grotto, headed up to the high­est cliff and pre­pared for the best day of my life.

Christina and I picked this cliff as our spot to get mar­ried as I had taken her here to watch the sun­set when we first started dat­ing. A year later, I gave her a di­a­mond prom­ise ring. When I was ready to pro­pose, I set up an elab­o­rate plan to sur­prise her. I went to Tober­mory a week be­fore the pro­posal to set up a scav­enger hunt that was a mix be­tween geo­caching and The Amaz­ing Race. I had many of the lo­cal towns­peo­ple in on it. It be­gan at 9 a.m. when she re­ceived the co­or­di­nates to the first clue. From clue to clue, she had to ask peo­ple for en­velopes and then find hid­den con­tain­ers with new co­or­di­nates and can­dles. It took all day and into the evening—she said yes. So, there I was on July 29, 2016, at 1 p. m., stand­ing with my back to Ge­or­gian Bay, and my best friends and fu­ture brother- in- law by my side. My good friend and men­tor Matt De­laney stood in front of me, ready to marry Christina and me. The sun was shin­ing and the clouds were few. I wasn’t even ner­vous. I couldn’t have been more ex­cited to marry my best friend. Christina’s mother Donna was there and as I saw her walk up the steep hill, I knew that the love of my life wasn’t far be­hind. For a brief mo­ment, I felt like it was just me and her on top of this cliff. See­ing her hike up that cliff in a wed­ding dress was a spe­cial sight. She looked beau­ti­ful. I knew I was do­ing the right thing. Christina is my ev­ery­thing and I am blessed and thrilled to be her hus­band. ■

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