Brooke grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon and David grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
We met in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Toronto. Each semester, the class of 250+ students is divided into groups of five people each and these groups were expected to complete a series of assignments together. On a cold January 2012 day at Hart House on the U of T campus, we sat down in a cavernous grey-stone hall to meet our new group members for the first time. The sorting hat had placed us in the same group!
Over the next few months, we spent a lot of time together while completing group work, sharing the same goofy sense of humour and introverted personalities. The class project we did together in our “Integrative Thinking Practicum” won the year-end competition judged by the Dean of the school. We both remember listening to Ray LaMontagne's “You Are The Best Thing” in a study room the night before the competition, as a quiet unspoken moment between them. This later became our wedding song.
The summer after the first school-year, we started dating.
Since then we've been inseparable, and are frequently referred to as “Bronson” (Brooke + Benson) by our old classmates. We endured a long distance relationship for a year and a half post-graduation while David worked in Edmonton and Brooke was in Toronto, and we reunited in January 2015 in Calgary, where we currently live.
David proposed on a warm fall Sunday in October 2016. The proposal happened on a bench on Prince's Island Park in downtown Calgary, underneath golden leaves.
We both really wanted to get married in the mountains. We happened to hear about Sky Bistro after checking about a dozen other venues, and immediately fell in love with the space. It has that rare blend of a very nice formal dining space mixed with spectacular outdoor views – a rare combination.
~ Brooke & David