Se­cret en­gage­ment: 'We eloped and sent out post­cards'

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Why would cou­ples keep their en­gage­ment and even their wed­ding se­cret from friends and fam­ily?

Some would find it hard to be­lieve, but for Kristy Rousseau from On­tario, Canada, it was prob­a­bly the best de­ci­sion she and her part­ner made.

"We travel a lot and pre­ferred to spend money on mar­ry­ing on a moun­tain top in our favourite place in­stead of a big tra­di­tional wed­ding," Kristy told the BBC.

She and her hus­band Corey, who had been to­gether for seven years, se­cretly got en­gaged so that their friends and fam­ily would not dis­cover their plan to elope to New Zealand.

In the run up to her wed­ding, Kristy found it hard not to wear her en­gage­ment ring. On her birth­day, just two weeks be­fore fly­ing to New Zealand, she wore it out to din­ner and nearly let the se­cret out.

They al­most man­aged to tell no one, as Kristy ex­plains:

"Corey had to tell his boss [about the elope­ment] be­cause he was re­cruited to a new com­pany and needed the time off. Some of his co- work­ers thought he was in re­hab!"

As their big day ap­proached, the cou­ple flew to New Zealand, took a he­li­copter ride to the moun­tains, and en­listed the help of the pi­lot as the best man and a pho­tog­ra­pher as a wit­ness.

Hav­ing been a brides­maid and maid of hon­our three times be­fore get­ting mar­ried her­self, Kristy saw how wed­ding plan­ning can be stress­ful.

She said: "I didn't want to ruin what is meant to be the hap­pi­est day."

So, they got mar­ried, took pho­tos and sent home post­cards. Kristy said ev­ery­one was happy she and Corey had fi­nally tied the knot al­though her mother was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed she was not there to wit­ness her only daugh­ter's big day. (Cour­tesy BBC)

How­ever, Kristy wanted her day to be about her and Corey: "Ul­ti­mately, we wanted it to just be some­thing per­sonal be­tween the two of us."

(Cour­tesy BBC)

A view of New Zealand and Kristy and Corey Rousseau on their wed­ding day

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