Elaine Cadieux knew some­thing was off when she went hik­ing with her boyfriend Des­mond Miller in Tay­lor Head Pro­vin­cial Park last year.

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She’s the more out­doorsy of the cou­ple, but Des­mond’s happy to join her on the trail “a cou­ple times a year.” On this par­tic­u­lar hike, how­ever, he was act­ing strange.

When they ar­rived at a pic­nic area, an­other pair was al­ready there, so Des­mond was de­ter­mined to find a dif­fer­ent spot to stop. “He’s a very so­cial per­son and al­ways chat­ting with peo­ple that we run into, so I was very taken aback,” says Elaine. Un­be­knownst to her, Des­mond was about to pro­pose.

Nei­ther Elaine nor Des­mond are from Hal­i­fax—Elaine hails from Mon­treal while Des­mond is from the Ba­hamas. But per­haps they were both meant to move here so they could meet.

“We can be very op­po­site but when we’re to­gether we have so much fun, and I think that al­ways takes prece­dence over any kind of head-butting that we might have,” says Elaine. “We’re very sim­i­lar in per­son­al­i­ties and what’s im­por­tant in life—we have the same vi­sion.”

One of those sim­i­lar­i­ties is a love for be­ing near the wa­ter, which ended up be­ing part of the pro­posal. With his pic­nic area plans dashed, Des­mond popped the ques­tion on a rock over­look­ing the ocean.

“That’s kind of when he tried to drop on one knee, but the ter­rain—he was so un­bal­anced,” Elaine re­calls, laugh­ing. “It was re­ally beau­ti­ful, though, in its own way.”

Pho­tog­ra­phy by One Blue Fish Pho­tog­ra­phy

—Re­becca Ding­well

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