New Leaf Brooks Laich and movie star Ju­lianne Hough on mak­ing their long dis­tance re­la­tion­ship work

North Toronto Post - - Table of Contents - By Nikki Gill

The lat­est Leaf, Brooks Laich from the Washington Cap­i­tals, brings the ma­tu­rity the team is look­ing for and a fi­ancée the city will swoon over. He is en­gaged to ac­tress and for­mer Danc­ing With The Stars cham­pion and judge Ju­lianne Hough. Laich tells us about their sto­ry­book ro­mance.

How they met

We were in­tro­duced through a cou­ple named Teddy and Milissa Sears. I had been friends with them for about three years when Teddy called me and said he got of­fered a role in a movie named Curve, op­po­site Ju­lianne Hough. Af­ter a few days of film­ing to­gether, he thought Ju­lianne and I would be very com­pat­i­ble, and he let this be known to Milissa. For the next three weeks, with Milissa con­tin­u­ally urg­ing him to do so, he played match­maker. Fi­nally we agreed to give it a shot, and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

The first date

It was at a quaint lit­tle ta­pas restau­rant in Washington, D.C. Our wait­ress came to our ta­ble six times over the first 45 min­utes ask­ing for our or­der, but we still hadn’t even opened the menu. We just hit it off in­stantly and were im­mersed in con­ver­sa­tion and laugh­ter. That still hap­pens to us to this day when we go out, so if you ever end up serv­ing us, please just bear with us! Just bring her a glass of wine and me a glass of whisky, and I prom­ise we’ll even­tu­ally get around to or­der­ing.

Mem­o­rable mo­ments

There are too many to count, it was just so much fun. One mo­ment that sticks out for me is when I asked her if she would be my girl­friend. It was on a lazy Sun­day morn­ing and we were hav­ing a light and easy slow dance in the kitchen. I looked her in the eye and tried to ask her if she would be my girl­friend, but it took me a se­cond to get the words out be­cause I got a bit emo­tional! I al­ready knew she was the love of my life and that, if she said yes, that I would never let her go. I had even sized one of her rings a few days be­fore this, so in my mind I was re­ally ask­ing her to marry me!

The pro­posal

I pro­posed to Ju­lianne on the front ve­randa of our lake house. It was a beau­ti­ful evening with the sun set­ting, and the lake was quiet. We were over­look­ing the lake, hav­ing a drink and en­joy­ing another light and easy slow dance, when I reached into my pocket, got down on one knee, con­veyed my feel­ings for her and asked to her to marry me. Luck­ily she said, ‘Yes!’ ” It was prob­a­bly the sin­gle great­est mo­ment of my life so far.

Bat­tling long dis­tance

This is a learn-as-we-go thing. With her ca­reer, she is based out of Los An­ge­les, and cur­rently I am in Toronto. The long dis­tance is hard, I will ad­mit that. But we un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate that we are both liv­ing our child­hood dream ev­ery sin­gle day. Ju­lianne loves to sing, dance and act, and I love to play hockey. We are ex­tremely for­tu­nate to do what we love for a liv­ing, and we sup­port one another in our ca­reers. That be­ing said, we make ev­ery ca­reer de­ci­sion to­gether, based upon what our re­la­tion­ship can han­dle. There are some sacri­fices we must make, and we do miss each other a lot, but whole­heart­edly know­ing that our re­la­tion­ship comes first and every­thing else lines up be­hind that, makes it pos­si­ble. That, and Face­Time, thank God for Face­Time!

Ex­plor­ing Toronto

Our re­spec­tive ca­reers have brought us to Toronto many times, but never to­gether. Ju­lianne is com­ing here shortly, and I can’t wait to show her the city and in­tro­duce her to the peo­ple. Toronto is full of life; the peo­ple here have wel­comed me with open arms; and I can’t wait to share all of that with Ju­lianne.The city is so beau­ti­ful too; it will be a lot of fun to ex­plore it to­gether.

Laich pro­posed to Hough on the front ve­randa of their lake house, and the two are cur­rently plan­ning their wed­ding

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