On a Friday evening last September, Nicole Rumble and Aleksandar Jovanovic were on their way to dinner when their cab broke down at St. James Park. As they got out to hail another taxi, Aleks spotted a friend taking photos in the park. After saying hello, the friend insisted, “Let me take a picture of you two.” That was Aleks’s cue. The friend hit record on his camera and Aleks got down on one knee. Of course, Aleks planned the whole thing. (He paid the cabbie to fake the malfunction, and that “friend” was a hired hand.) “When we look at the video, I don’t even remember it happening,” says Nicole. “It was a bit of a whirlwind.”
Aleks and Nicole met six years ago in law school at Queen’s University. They were in the same small section, and had every class together. “I thought Nicole was funny, smart and pretty,” says Aleks. Nicole’s first impression was more critical. “Aleks had a very unique fashion style back then,” she jokes of his graphic Ed Hardy T-shirts. “It was a bit Jersey Shoreesque.” But his warm personality and loud laugh charmed her. They became fast friends.
“We clicked because we’re both sarcastic and like to poke fun at each other,” says Aleks, who, in second year, mustered up the courage to ask Nicole on a date. From then on, they were a couple.
After law school, they both got plum jobs in downtown Toronto. Aleks went to Torkin Manes and Nicole landed at McCarthys. The couple now lives together in an east-end loft. The pair talks on the phone every workday. And with their wedding coming up — it’s set for August at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club — there’s plenty to discuss. “Unfortunately for Aleks,” says Nicole, “now that we’re planning the wedding, there’s been a lot of communication about that.”
This story is part of our feature on Bay Street couples, from our Spring 2017 issue.
Photography by Daniel Ehrenworth, hair and makeup by Michelle Calleja