Nirupa & Mike

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Engaged - —Michelle Cameron

Most peo­ple look back and fondly re­mem­ber their high school sweet­hearts as a blast from the past, but for Nirupa Varatha­rasan and Mike Hart-May­tas, it’s the present and fu­ture, too. Orig­i­nally from Toronto, the two first met in their high school English class. Both de­cided sep­a­rately to move to Nova Sco­tia to study at Dal­housie, and thus sparked their love in­ter­est to of­fi­cially go steady. When Mike took an im­promptu trip to Toronto last year to visit home, Nirupa de­cided she wanted to do the same and joined him. What she didn’t know was that he had been se­cretly de­sign­ing her en­gage­ment ring, craft­ing each el­e­ment to re­sem­ble her beauty, style and char­ac­ter­is­tics. Mike thought now was the per­fect time to pro­pose. “I got to this venue where I was sup­posed to be meet­ing my friends and I open the door and ev­ery­one screams ‘Sur­prise!’” says Nirupa. “All my friends and fam­ily, peo­ple who couldn’t be there were Skyped in. Then he got down on his knee and asked me. It was an amaz­ing sur­prise.” They spent the evening enjoying their favourite things, eat­ing, dancing and sip­ping cock­tails along­side their loved ones. The cou­ple will wed this sum­mer and en­joy two wed­dings—one in Markham, On­tario, and the other in PEI to ac­com­mo­date all fam­ily mem­bers and their tra­di­tions.

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