Two weddings and an all-inclusive

Photo by Heather Shearing

Photo by Heather Shearing

HEATHER SHEARING -- Special to Canoe Travel

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I was very happy after my sister called to say that a friend of ours from high school was getting married, especially after learning they were getting married in Mexico.

My boyfriend and I had wanted to go on a trip for quite some time, so we figured that an exotic wedding and an all-inclusive, Cancun vacation with 30 friends made for a nice getaway.

We booked the trip and got more excited as the time grew closer. I had never been anywhere tropical before and my boyfriend had never been anywhere. He had never even been on an airplane before.

Needless to say, we were both looking forward to the fun we were about to experience on this fabulous trip south.

We arrived in Cancun without a hitch. The air was warm and humid, and you could smell the ocean as soon as you stepped off the plane.

We headed to the hotel. For the first couple of days, we enjoyed the "all-inclusive" perks and then decided that we needed to get out and see the culture that surrounded us.

We went on a day trip to see the ancient ruins in Chichén Itzá and learned all about Mexico's fascinating and violent past.

We also decided to go downtown and walk around Cancun's markets. My sister and a friend joined us, so the four of us wandered around enjoying the sights, smells and sounds. There was so much to see and so many wares to buy that we were thoroughly enjoying ourselves.

At one point during the day, my boyfriend purchased a ring without my knowledge and showed it to my sister to see if she thought I would like it. She thought I would. Neither of us knew what was going to happen in a couple of days.

We enjoyed the rest of the week lounging on the beach, attending our friend's wedding and hanging out with our old and new friends.

Alas, the end of the week arrived and it was time to make the journey back to Canada. We boarded the plane late, so everyone was tired. A friend behind me always hated flying, so I tried to keep her relaxed by chatting with her.

My boyfriend was getting restless, so he decided to get up and talk to other friends at the front of the plane... or so I thought. What I didn't know was that my boyfriend had actually gone to talk to the flight attendants. He had discussed a whole plan with them and before I knew it he was talking over the intercom.

I was shocked and wondered what he was doing. It didn't take me long to figure it out. He started talking to the people on the plane, telling them how happy I make him and how much he loves me. He said that he couldn't imagine his life without me and asked me to be his wife. I was floored and I was crying, but somehow I managed to get out a "yes" loud enough that he could hear it at the front of the plane.

I got up to meet him and everyone was clapping and hollering. We met in the middle of the plane; he kissed me and placed the ring on my finger that he had purchased earlier in the week.

We are getting married this June in London, Ontario, and we are both still very much in love. I am very grateful to have such a wonderful fiance and I am very glad we decided to take the trip to Mexico.

I can't wait to see what will happen on our next trip!


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