Forget that line in Frozen — true love isn't when two people can finish each other's sandwiches, it's when they can fill in the punchline of a joke. At least, that's the moment that changed everything for Property Brothers star Drew Scott, and he realized he'd met the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.
The 40-year-old had taken his then-girlfriend, Linda Phan, to hang out with his twin brother (HGTV fans may have heard of him: Jonathan Scott) and their high school best friend, Pedro. As Pedro started to tell a joke, Phan swooped in, delivering a one-liner that cracked everybody up. And seriously impressed them.
"Who is this girl? She's a keeper," Jonathan whispered to Drew.
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"In that one moment, I knew we were on the same parallel," Drew told the . "When you’re in love, you mesh that way."
Their Romance Grew Over Six Years.
Not long after, he proposed to Phan. The two met years ago — back in 2010 — at a Toronto Fashion Week event. Scott instantly felt a connection. "There's a big difference between lust at first sight and love at first sight," he told back in 2013. "I do believe in love at first sight — when the person's character just keeps you wanting more."
As they got to know each other, they found even more ways they were compatible — including their tendency to be workaholics. Phan is the creative director at the twins' company, Scott Brothers Global, and the two are so crazy about their work they rarely stick to a typical 9-to-5. In fact, it factors heavily into Scott's most romantic memory of their relationship:
"A last-minute getaway to none other than Paris, where we spent the evenings at quaint cafes ... working away at our computers," he told YourTango. "We love what we do and that we can work side by side. The small gestures are romantic to me — it makes me smile every time I find funny notes in my bag when I go away on business trips."
Scott Planned Out Every Detail Of The Proposal.
Scott described a sense of humor as the quality he finds most attractive in a person, so it's no surprise the funny notes and jokes made him realize Phan was the one. But that doesn't mean he took the proposal lightly.
Once Scott knew he was going to pop the question, he spent weeks planning exactly how he'd do it. He recorded his own version of Train's ballad "Marry Me," then talked to the founder of his favorite bakery, , about designing a special cake for the evening. He wanted one inspired by the Dr. Seuss book, , since it's Phan's favorite. Not to mention it represents their globe-trotting adventures together.
Le Dolci designed a , copying the font and characters from the book, even down to a little fondant copy of the story's protagonist, with a balloon in one hand and his arm outstretched.
Scott took Phan to a restaurant, where the song he recorded played, and the cake was wheeled out. In the topper's outstretched arm dangled the engagement ring — a 1.2-carat solitaire diamond in a swirl setting (Scott's own design, actually).
They Didn't Plan On Filming Their Big Day.
Phan said yes, and over the past year and a half, the couple's been planning their wedding — and starring in . They'll officially walk down the aisle this month, just after Scott's fortieth birthday.
"We met so many amazing people that we consider family over the years, so it will be a big wedding, but we still want it to feel intimate," Phan told .
Initially, Scott had no plans to allow camera crews to tape his vows. "This will be the most important day of my life, and that whole week together with family and friends will be so important. We just want to spend time with them. … We’re not doing any filming," Scott told Us.
Not missing a beat, Phan chimed in: "Basically, I am going to be shooting it on my iPhone, and I will sell it."
Turns out, Phan doesn't have to — recently, the couple announced their wedding will be featured in a TV special on TLC, Drew and Linda Say I Do. The show will feature the couple's weeklong celebration in Italy, culminating with their "I do's," according to . Not many details have been revealed so far, though Scott has said he and his groomsmen will likely wear kilts — a nod to his Scottish heritage — and Phan tried on Claire Pettibone wedding gowns during an episode of Honeymoon House.
You'll have to wait until the show's June premiere to get the full scoop.
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