Our romantic story is of our engagement; it happened this past July 3rd 2011. Jeremy my fiancé, got a few of our friends and our immediate family together for what I thought would be a big group date at the Muni Opera, out by the lake for the show Guys and Dolls.

I knew going into the show that Jeremy was going on stage with his friend Jared to wish their mutual friend Nikki, a happy birthday (she volunteers with the Muni), so I didn’t think anything of it. Well about 5 minutes before the show was to start, Jeremy comes running from the back grabs my hand and tells me: “Jared backed out on me and I can’t go up there alone I’m too nervous.” (Everyone around me knows what is going on) my response to him “Um no.. I’m not going up there.  That is Jared and your thing, I’m not doing it.”

By that time he had already had me on my feet dragging me behind him. As we were standing back stage  all I could do was tell him “I’m going to kill Jared the next time I see him.” (I have horrible stage fright) So then they started the announcement for the show and said “Before we start off the night we have a couple here to wish one of the cast members a happy birthday.” So we go out on stage and Jeremy takes the microphone from the announcer. He starts his speech about how he wasn’t going to let me get off scott-free without coming up there with him.

He starts saying, “So this is the part where I come up here and tell everybody that I’m here to wish a cast member a happy birthday; except that is a total lie. So this is where Casey finds out the truth. On the count of three I want everyone on this side (points to the left side of the audience) to say Casey Backstein marry this man!”

(I was in total shock when he said this)

“Okay 1,2,3..” He holds his arms up to the crowd and they said it- and he says “That is not good enough, how about everyone on this side?” (points to the right side of the audience) on the count of three 1,2,!

After they said it, he continued, “You guys don’t really mean it? Alright how about everybody together… On the count of three, give it all you got; let’s make this the best night of her life, because she has been here, she’s been by my side thick and thin. So on the count of three 1,2,3…”  All 200+ people in the audience shouted ” Casey Backstein marry this man!”

Then he said, “Well they are all for it!” and and he asked the crowed, “So is this the part where I get down on one knee? Is this it?”

They all yelled “YES!!” So he gets down on one knee and my hands cover my mouth and I begin to cry and he says to me, “Baby you have been here for me for everything, you are the best person in my life, will you be Mrs. Hughes?”

Bawling and shaking my head up and down I said yes, and he hugged me, and everyone was clapping and yelling; and he says into the microphone, “Kiss me they’re waiting.”

After more laughter, he told he crowd thank you very much and he really appreciated it, and we walked off stage. Backstage everyone knew what was going on before hand they were waiting to take pictures and tell us congratulations. We went back to our family and friends and everyone was hugging and crying. It really was the most romantic night of my life, and because of one of my good friends it was all caught on video.

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67 comments
Glen
Glen

Jeremy and Casey, I am sure you two are a wonderful couple and I do wish good luck to the two of you but I accidently posted to the wrong couple. Sorry for the confusion.

Glen
Glen

Jeremy will be a welcome addition to the family. His proposal really choked AJ's mom up. Although he did put the not so romantic males of the family in the dog house for a while. Good Luck to the 2 of you.

Chris Midiri
Chris Midiri

These two are awesome and deserve to win!! So glad to have them as friends!!!

Rachel
Rachel

If our small world way of knowing each other means anything you two are definitely mentioned to be together....you two are far to connected by what seems to be random people for it not to be fate

Kameron
Kameron

Congrats! You two seem perfect for eachother!!!

Kristina
Kristina

OMG!!! This is so sweet!!! Good luck to you two!!!!!!!!

Kimber Beckler
Kimber Beckler

Lovely story! You are a darling couple and I look forward to many more romantic stories from you both in the future! xoxo

Emily Harvey
Emily Harvey

This is the best story ever, congratulations!!!!

Janet Hillyer
Janet Hillyer

Jeremy and Casey, congrats!! My son and Jeremy are friends. I have known him for a few years and he's a pretty good kid. Have a wonderful marriage and a long and healthy life together. Again CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Brittany Midiri
Brittany Midiri

I wasn't able to make it to the live proposal, but good news travels fast and the video was on facebook within hours. It definitely brought tears to my eyes to see the love and enthusiasm these two have for eachother and I can't wait to see them get married this summer!!

brad
brad

Congradulations

Debbie Lytle
Debbie Lytle

I have known Jeremy since he was four when I married into his family and I knew Casey when she was younger through my kids playing (and me volunteering in the concession stand) at DTMLL. Two outstanding young people and they really are the perfect match. I am so happy for you both. I just saw the video posted by a friend of yours...how FANTASTIC was that proposal? Congrats again to both of you. You surely deserve to win. Much Love-Deb

josh91185@hotmail.com
josh91185@hotmail.com

Jeremy does my tattoos. Although he was telling me this lovely story during a part of the session when I could've easily unleashed violence on him, maybe it was this classic romantic proposal that held me back. Anyhoo, nicely done sir.......and way to make the rest of us look like dbags to try and top that.

Stefanie
Stefanie

I just watched the video; I had no idea he proposed this way! I have known Jeremy for probably about 7 years now, and I am so happy for him :) Congratulations to you both!

Amy Shelabarger
Amy Shelabarger

Absolutely amazing story!! Fairytale engagement!! Goodjob Jeremy!! Very creative idea!! I wish you guys the best of luck on a long wonderful marriage and life together! <3 Amy Shelabarger

Marjorie Morganroth
Marjorie Morganroth

This story seems amazing i wish i could have been there..... Good Luck to the both of you!!

Amanda
Amanda

That was beautiful and creative.

Andrew Willmore
Andrew Willmore

Iv known Jeremy since high school and now live with him and Casey live and these two are amazing and deserve to win.

Sally
Sally

Great Love Story

Jeremie Bailey
Jeremie Bailey

Meant to say Go Get Em Guys!!! Sorry I was typing on my smart phone :(

Jeremie Bailey
Jeremie Bailey

I have known Jeremy for awhile now, we met through the local music scene many years ago. Even though we came to know each other through bar life (just a part of growing up) I'm proud to say that he is a great friend. I am truly happy for Jeremy as Casey! Go get guys!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I just wanted to say I love you both!! And congratulations I hope you win!!!

Bill Boyce
Bill Boyce

Congratulations to Casey and Jeremy good luck hope you win that is a awesome story

Melody Johnson
Melody Johnson

Hey this is an awesome story!!! Good luck to you guys you are perfect for each other

Melody Boyce
Melody Boyce

I work with Casey she is a awesome person to work with I am so happy that she is getting married and I am so glad she is happy congratulating to Casey and Jeremy

Kayla Johner
Kayla Johner

Jeremy told me how he planned on proposing while we were attending her graduation @ EIU. It sounded like a great idea & it turned out to be sooo much more than that! These two are perfect for eachother in more ways than 1! Love them both!

Emily
Emily

Most adorqble proposal ever! Congratulations and best of luck to you both!

Amber McFarland
Amber McFarland

Love this story...I also love that he asked Casey before a theatrical show...I love theatre and it should be a part of everyones heart and memories as it will be for this great couple

Prof. G.
Prof. G.

I am a proud former professor of Casey's. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Jeremy - but based on how awesome Casey is, I can only imagine how great Jeremy is, too! An awesome couple, indeed!

Stats lab partner :)
Stats lab partner :)

Sounds like you're pretty lucky to be Mrs. Hughes just from this romantic story. This is such a fun idea for a proposal & sounds like something you only see in movies. Best of luck to you two!

Sharon VanDyke
Sharon VanDyke

I have never read a story so cute, of a young guy asking his girl to marry him, most guys doesn`t want anyone to hear them! This brought tears to my eyes, remembering when I was young, and was proposed to. What a great young man! I wish them the best that life can bring. God Bless, & Merry Christmas!

Sharon Goodwin
Sharon Goodwin

Congratulations Casey, sounds to me like he's a keeper. Sooooo romanitc. I want to see that beautiful ring sometime, your future mother-in-law sounds like a very nice lady. Best wishes to the both of you. Jeremy, take good care of her, she's a keeper too!!!

Joshua Dace
Joshua Dace

Dude, man, bro... I can't wait to be the best man in your bachelors par... I mean, wedding!!

Sophie R.
Sophie R.

I love you guys!!! Jeremy did a great job planning this proposal. You guys are perfect for eachother. :)

Cacy Romanotto
Cacy Romanotto

OMG.. I cried a lil bit reading this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ricky Stead
Ricky Stead

I came to the Muni early that day, JUST to see this proposal! It was VERY well thought out, he had to really pull some strings to make it happen. It was all worth it, as they are an amazing couple. I am so happy for you guys!!

Amber Webb
Amber Webb

That is literally the sweetest thing I have ever heard! I've known Jeremy for a few ears, and its about time he met the right woman for him that will stuck with his goofy, closet-romantic self! Congrats guys!

"aunt" julie robinson
"aunt" julie robinson

Couldn't be there but have known Jeremy my whole life...so glad he has found his soulmate in Casey...best proposal ever! Knew my boy could be a ham...and his gal a good sport!

Carol (Hughes) Van Dyke
Carol (Hughes) Van Dyke

Wow! What a story! Jeremy, I'm so proud of you and the fine young man you have become (and a surprisingly good public speaker!) I've always been on your side rooting for you! I only wish your Dad, (Jerry, my brother) could have been there and seen you. Congratulations to both of you! I love you!

Brittany warden
Brittany warden

Truely amazing couple!!! I adore you both.... I've known Jeremy since high school and have just recently had the pleasure of meeting Casey also..... Most adorable engagement I have heard yet!! Can't wait for the wedding guys :)

Cindy Backstein
Cindy Backstein

What courage to do this before a big crowd! I hope you guys win!

Janice
Janice

Ive known Jeremy since he was two! Lol! The story gives me goosebumps and leaves me with a smile on my face believing this kind of love is capable. Best wishes to you both! :)

hannah
hannah

That's amazing! I hope, someday, to have an engagement as well thought out and special as yours!!! Congrats you two!

Kizer Sterbinsky
Kizer Sterbinsky

Well deserving and I gotta feel as if I have something to do with this union...lol Good luck guys, best wishes.

Last updated February 5, 2017