Derek and Simon’s friendship began one sweltering day outside the Toronto Eaton Centre. Simon was in town from the UK to open his new store on Queen Street West, and Derek, noticing that he was lost, offered his help. “A tall dark stranger came up and asked if I needed directions. This was the start of a long friendship,” says Simon.
Seven years later, it was Simon’s turn to ask Derek a question. The pair were at a wedding in the South of France eating duck confit and drinking red wine when he proposed. “We had already decided to get married, but Simon wanted to do things the old fashioned way,” Derek says.
Exactly one year after the proposal, Derek and Simon tied