We got engaged on our first big trip together, where we camped and bicycled around the island of Taiwan, carrying everything we needed to be attached to our bikes.
The first several days had been challenging with our route taking us through many urban areas with a lot of traffic and pollution. Eventually, we got to a beautiful natural area on the southern tip of the island and everything brightened. It was so gorgeous!! The road was perfect with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other.
Shortly after entering the park, we stopped for some groceries and I noticed that Fabian had picked up something special from the store – a bottle of red wine. Given that it was 30 degrees outside and that this would increase the weight of Fabian’s bike bag significantly, I found this a little strange.
The next day we found a particularly nice campsite situated right on the ocean. After we set up our camp, Fabian suggested we take a walk on the beach, but that we wash our hands and nails first. I thought this was strange as well but proceeded to clean up. My nails were looking pretty awful due to ongoing bike maintenance and the rustic accommodations. Little did I know, Fabian was preparing my hands for a photo.
Once we were cleaned up we started walking. As I was examining some tide pools Fabian got down on one knee and said something in Swedish, his first language. I assumed he was popping the question and said yes. We then had a quick photo op and headed out for lunch. We spent the rest of the day eating ice cream, swimming, and Skyping with our families.
That evening we celebrated in the tropical heat over a bottle of red wine. I asked why he hadn’t bought champagne instead. Fabian explained that he was worried if he bought champagne it would explode due to the heat inside his bike bag which was dark coloured and rubberized for waterproofing.
Fabian and I have had some pretty fun adventures over the time we have been together. Most of these have been outside and involve the mountains, camping, and friends. We wanted to achieve that fun, communal vibe by having the wedding outside at DTR with our friends and family staying nearby.
– Alberta Wedding Photographer, Chalsey Anne Photography