May 07, 2016 Graydon Hall Manor - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Our Story

  • July 31, 2002 University of New Brunswick, NB, Canada

    Naomi First Saw Denver

    After an excruciatingly long drive, Naomi, Marco, and their parents finally arrived in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where they were meeting Carlo at the end of his Shad Valley Summer Program. A "geek camp for over achievers," as Marco called it, Shad Valley brought together high school students from all over the country to participate in a month long program. The Family Day at the end was designed to allow participants to show off what they had been working on all month to parents, while the siblings got to experience "micro-shad," a series of fun activities led by some of the participants. In a game of ultimate frisbee, Naomi remembers someone yelling - "There's Denver! We get Denver, he's on our team!" She turned around, and saw Denver, the most gorgeous boy she had ever laid eyes on, jump up and catch a frisbee. Completely taken with him, she managed to snap a clandestine photo of him with her brother and fellow Shad participants later that day, but never managed to actually say anything to him. In the car on the way home, she whispered to Carlo, "Who was that tall blonde boy? Were you friends with him? He's so cute!" Carlo replied, "Oh, that's Denver! You would probably really like him... but he lives in you should just forget about him!"

  • September 9, 2003 Waterloo, ON, Canada

    Denver starts school at University of Waterloo

    Leaving beautiful British Columbia behind, Denver moved to Ontario to do his undergraduate degree in math and computer science at the University of Waterloo. Here, he reunites with some of his Shad Valley buddies, including Carlo, the bride's brother.

  • September 6, 2005 Waterloo, ON, Canada

    Naomi starts school at Wilfrid Laurier University

    Naomi starts her undergraduate degree in music at Wilfrid Laurier, and moves into residence in the bustling suburban college town of Waterloo.

  • July 22, 2006 Whitby, Ontario, Canada

    Denver First Saw Naomi

    When Denver was moving into the house in Waterloo for the first time (395A Churchill Court), he needed to get a hold of the keys somehow. He managed to pass through Whitby on his way to Waterloo and stopped by 86 Canadian Oaks Drive (the Barrettara family home) to see if Carlo was around. Though Naomi has absolutely no memory of this, when Denver knocked on the front door, apparently it was Naomi that answered. Denver says he distinctly remembers meeting her, and not just because she had a difficult time waking her brother up to get the key. Mainly, it was because she was so very pretty!

  • April 26, 2007 Waterloo, ON, Canada

    Naomi moves into 395A Churchill Court

    After one year in Laurier University residence and 8 months sharing an apartment with a classmate, a free room came up in Carlo's house in Waterloo (where he was in school, and rented the free rooms to his friends), and Naomi was more than ready to move in! She knew her housemates would include her brother, her brother's friend Adam (who she knew already, as he had been Carlo's best friend since the beginning of high school), but the fourth person was a mystery. Who would it be? Turns out, it was Denver!

  • April 28, 2007 Waterloo, ON, Canada

    Denver moves back into 395A Churchill Court

    Denver had lived in the Churchill house in previous semesters, but when a winter co-op term took him to sunny San Diego for four months, he left most of his belongings in Churchill's basement storage, and took off for the west coast. When he returned, he moved back into his old bedroom, and met his new housemate - Naomi.

  • May 7, 2008 Del Dente's, Waterloo, ON, Canada

    First Date

    After months and months of getting to know each other as friends and housemates, Denver and Naomi started becoming inseparable. There was a lot of flirting, and a lot of outings and dates that were not labelled or acknowledged as dates. Finally, Naomi came home from a weekend in Whitby to find Denver waiting for her on the front stoop of the house. He asked if she would like to go on a date with him. She said yes, she would really like that. That pretty much sealed the deal right there, but they didn't actually go on this first date until several days later. Denver got all dressed up (shocking Adam, who had never seen him wear anything but a t-shirt and jeans), Naomi nervously picked out a fancy dress to wear, and Denver took her out for dinner at Del Dente's Italian Restaurant in Kitchener, that he then followed up with a gelato/ice cream excursion. Though it seems crazy to admit it, Naomi kind of knew then that this was going to be forever!

  • December 28, 2008 Agassiz, BC, Canada

    Meeting the Parents

    The first Christmas Naomi and Denver were dating, she flew out to BC after boxing day to officially meet Denver's family. She was incredibly nervous, and fretted the whole flight over! But she definitely had nothing to worry about, as his family was and still is amazing!

  • August 16, 2009 New York, NY

    Naomi moves to New York City

    Having gotten into grad school at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Naomi moved down to NYC in the summer of 2009. After working on his own card reader project for a year while Naomi was finishing undergraduate, Denver started applying for jobs in New York City as soon as she officially accepted. But when it came time for Naomi to move, Denver was still in the middle of interviewing, and nothing was certain. He came down to NYC with her parents and brother to help with the move, but went back with her family when the weekend ended, to continue the job hunt from Churchill Court.

  • August 27, 2009 New York, NY

    Denver moves to New York City

    The day after Denver arrived home in Waterloo after helping Naomi move to New York City, he got an official job offer and began making plans for his own move to the big apple! He packed up all his belongings from the house in Waterloo, and less than two weeks after saying goodbye to Naomi not knowing exactly when they would be in the same city again, he moved into the same building as her on Roosevelt Island! If there was any doubt in Naomi's mind (which there really wasn't) that Denver was "the one," his willingness to move to New York solidified it for her!

  • May 25, 2012 Europe

    Naomi and Denver Go to Europe

    After years of dreaming and months of planning, Naomi and Denver embark on their first major trip together - three weeks in Europe! They make it to four different countries, going to Berlin, Prague, Salzburg, Bern, Gimmelwald, and Munich. They have the most amazing time anyone can possibly imagine, and Denver says this is when he knew for sure he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Naomi.

  • December 24, 2012 Whitby, ON, Canada

    Asking Permission

    Planning to propose on their 5 year anniversary, Denver wanted to ask Naomi's Father's permission for her hand in marriage. Knowing that he would for sure be able to catch Julian alone over the Christmas holidays, his window of opportunity came on Christmas Eve. And Julian kept it a secret from everybody, even Roslyn, for over four months... four VERY. LONG. MONTHS. Now that's "doctor-patient" confidentiality for you!

  • May 7, 2013 Agassiz, BC, Canada

    Denver Pops the Question!

    Denver proposed on May 7th, 2013 on Mount Woodside in his hometown of Agassiz, British Columbia. He drove Naomi up as far up as he could, and with a stunning view of the valley below, got down on one knee and started saying really romantic things. Naomi had no idea what was happening at first, but quickly caught on, and couldn't believe that he actually managed to completely surprise her!

  • November 2, 2013 Agassiz, BC, Canada

    Engagement Party!

    On the next trip back to BC since getting engaged, Denver and Naomi were surprised with a delightful party thrown by his parents! The night was full of fun and games, and the family got to hear some of their story! Note the frisbee in the picture above - displayed in honour of the first moment Naomi laid eyes on Denver.

  • May 7, 2016 Graydon Hall Manor - Toronto, ON, Canada

    The Wedding Day

    And finally, exactly 8 years to the day of their first date, Naomi and Denver will say "I Do!"