Couple rescued after proposal married in Detroit

Wedding follows 2012 Coast Guard rescue in Lake Huron

Published On: Feb 09 2013 10:33:23 PM EST
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A Detroit area couple's engagement that began with an unexpected twist led to a happy wedding ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Nathan Bluestein had a romantic plan last summer to propose to May Goriel, a French teacher at Bishop Foley High School.

During a canoe trip along the shore of Lake Huron, Nate has prepared a romantic poem and proposal in French and English.  He placed them in a bottle and slipped it out of the canoe for May to find in the water.  She read the poem and proposal.  He gave her a ring, and they drifted out into the lake.  They were unable to paddle back against the current and had to use Nate's cell phone to call for help.

Eventually the Coast Guard rescued them by towing their canoe to safety.

On Saturday, Nathan and May were married in a ceremony at Assumption Grotto Catholic Church in Detroit.

The wedding, unlike the proposal, went off just as it was planned.