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The Fort McMurray wildfire almost destroyed this couple’s happily ever after

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Kayla and Leroy have spent much of their time together, apart—5,300 kilometres apart, to be exact. When they first started dating, Kayla, a personal trainer, lived in Halifax, while Leroy, a firefighter, called Alberta home. But the lovebirds managed to make long-distance work, and when Leroy proposed to Kayla, she finally moved out west to be with him.

“It was just such a sigh of relief when she made that decision. Life was perfect. We were just doing awesome,” Leroy.

But their happily ever after was put on hold when the Fort McMurray wildfire erupted in Alberta. One of the worst wildfires in Canadian history, the blaze spread quickly and indiscriminately, destroying some 2,400 homes and causing close to $10 billion in damages.

“It was almost surreal,” Leroy said. “We came out of the gym and the sky was on fire.”

While Leroy stayed to fight the blaze, Kayla was evacuated with more than 80,000 other Fort McMurray residents and headed back East. “We were so excited to finally start this life together, and then we had no choice but to be apart again.”

After the fire, the pair decided to settle on the east coast, and the two have built a beautiful life in Halifax.

“I have a lot of family here, so we just decided that this is where we wanted to start our roots,” Kayla said. “It feels great to be settled finally. It’s nice to have a home together…we really haven’t been able to experience that for most of our relationship.”

First comes love, then comes—that’s right—marriage! So now that these two are finally settled (in the same province!), it’s time to get wedding planning. Kayla wants an exclusive beachfront wedding with a romantic feel; detail-centric Leroy wants a rustic vibe and a jam-packed weekend full of activities for their 140 guests. Will Tommy Smythe be able to bring their visions together and make this the wedding weekend to remember? Catch Episode 2 of Where to I Do? Thursday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET to find out!

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