These two are so incredible! I adore them both, along with their extremely loving and courteous relationship. Not only were they willing to take a full day and a 7-hour hike with me to capture their engagement photos, but they were also accommodating when we had to change locations due to landslides.

Moraine Lake it was!

For all the time I spend out in the Canadian Rockies, this would be the very first time I made my way to Moraine Lake. The view! Why did I wait so long? I’m definitely going back to rent a canoe and take it all in. If you haven’t been to Moraine Lake yet, GO! I want to call it majestic, but describing it as such doesn’t give it enough credit. It really is quite unreal. You forget about the buzz, the city and the demands of life!

Even better, there is no cell reception out at Moraine Lake. So you must step away from the screens and simply learn to love where you are. Without choice, you will be in the moment.

Afterwards, we headed out for dinner together. Always hungry! All 3 of us are always hungry 🙂

What a delight it was to sit and get to know them even more; watching them interact, learning about how they met, listening to their stories and seeing them take care of each other with the small gestures. It’s the small things, right? So I went ahead and asked them if I could share their words with you too.

I hope you can see it in their words, and photos, how much they care for each other.

When did you know that they were the one person you wanted to be with? Now and forever?

Shaila: I would have to say that the first time I met Tariq, I definitely felt sparks. I had that feeling where your heart starts to race when you feel that attraction. But I didn’t realize that he was the one I wanted to be with for forever until two months after we had started dating. He took me to Toronto as his plus one for a wedding. The way he introduced me to his friends and family, and really made room for me in his life – that’s when I knew.

Tariq and I were both quite independent prior to meeting each other. We were self-reliant and were happy with ourselves and what we had created. But the way we have been able to make room for each other in our lives, and the way we have been able to bring out the best in each other, that is something that is truly special. I discovered this after our first trip together, and that’s when I realized I wanted to be with him forever.

Tariq: It was our second date at a sushi restaurant. We had a corner table and I was listening to her but not really listening. I was kind of in awe of her and was thinking how perfect she was, beyond perfect really.  When I’m around her, the feeling is just different, I’m excited, yet I’m so calm and at ease. I sure we could simply sit in the same room together and that’s all I’d need. It’s her energy that makes me feel so complete. That evening we were talking about how easy it was being in each other’s space. I remember saying “we just get it done and over with and get married” jokingly but not really joking.

What do you love or value most about your partner that you couldn’t live without?

Shaila: I love just how truly selfless Tariq is. He will go above and beyond for everyone in his life. I have seen him do this time and time again for myself, my friends, and most of all, my family.

Tariq: Her unconditional love. I know I bother her at times or accidentally upset her. Still, she always loves me. She vocalizes it so I know, then she puts it behind her and continues loving me unconditionally. The only other woman in my life that has ever done that is my mother! It’s so great to be surrounded by that.

What’s the one thing about your relationship that you believe contributes to its success?

Shaila: I believe that we truly love and appreciate each other for exactly who we are. We aren’t trying to change anything about one other, rather we truly embrace each other’s individuality.

Tariq: Communication! I feel we are pretty good about expressing what makes us happy or unhappy. We’re both always working at those two things. We may not necessarily always achieve it, however knowing the other person is putting forth the effort is really half the battle.

What do you look most forward to in your old age together?

Shaila: Tariq and I have a lot of the same values. We come from similar backgrounds and have been so fortunate to grow up with the families that we have. Raising a family together is what I look forward to the most. Providing our kids with the same love and support we were blessed with. I want to see Tariq in our kids – not just his handsome face, but his intelligence, his values and ethics. I look forward to watching our kids grow and thrive. I look forward to seeing more grey hairs in Tariq’s beard and more wrinkles beneath his eyes, knowing that they will come from the challenges that we will face together.

Tariq: Being active and travelling. We push each other in a good way and I love experiencing new things with her. She is happy with the simplest things. I love the fact that I can put a smile on her face with new experiences. That in itself makes me happy.

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