Azeem and I met at a party in his hometown, Chicago. When I went back to Toronto, we kept in touch through email. Five years later, Azeem visited Toronto and we began spending time together again. Our friendship quickly developed into a relationship of respect and love. Meeting each other was a true fairy tale and our relationship continued to blossom. Nearly four months later, at midnight, on the shores of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro , Azeem proposed to me under a canopy of stars and fireworks and without the slightest bit of doubt, I accepted.