On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, my fiance, John, and I were “greening up” in preparation of the parade in downtown Springfield.  Being Irish and having a birthday that falls on the day after, St. Patrick’s Day has been my favorite holiday for many years! 

Since the weather had been unseasonably warm, we decided to ride our bikes.  On the way there John suggested we stop and take some pictures near the Capitol.  There wasn’t anyone else around, so we set up our little tripod.  He set up the camera to take 10 continuous pictures in a row. We did goofy poses, then looked at the results.  He suggested 10 more, and as I was preparing to get goofy, he was preparing to get serious.

I struck my first pose, as he struck a pose on his knee. With a ring. And a proposal.  The subsequent pictures capture his proposal and my candid reactions. I said “Yes” and he said, “I’m not finished yet!”  

This was something that John had planned, and I am so glad that he did.  Now we have this memorable collection of real time photos to keep with us forever.

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26 comments
TerriKelly
TerriKelly

They are such a fun AND romantic couple!

SaraMay1
SaraMay1

These two are so cute and I'm so excited for them!!!

mary kramer
mary kramer

Bettianne and John are the coolest romantics ever. Congratulations and Best Wishes to you.

Dana
Dana

Your proposal is one of the cutest (and most creative) stories ever. The pictures are priceless! Best wishes for a future filled with many more happy memories to come :)

Sara
Sara

We can't wait for big day!!

Mary
Mary

So happy for the two of you! I don't know anyone that deserves this more. Cheers to a wonderful life together

Diane
Diane

Yay! How wonderfully clever of John! Congrats :)

Nicole Ignatowski
Nicole Ignatowski

Bettianne is an amazing person! Although I have not gotten the privilege to meet John he must be amazing since you said yes! I love you! Congrats!

Lisa
Lisa

A truly magical St Patty's Day proposal for an Irish lass, and on the day before her birthday!

Dan
Dan

Congratulations guys! Pretty awesome proposal!

Sarah Urbanowski
Sarah Urbanowski

Great story! I'm a St. Pat's Day fan myself, this year was a great day for it.

Kim Kidd
Kim Kidd

Awesome video!!! Loved it so much. True romance!!

Nancy Maggi
Nancy Maggi

How romantic! It is hard to pull anything over on this girl! The look on her face is proof she was really surprised! I know she has waited a long time for "Mr. Right", and J ohn is the lucky one! I wish the couple the best of luck!

Ann
Ann

I just love romance! Congrats to both of you!

Lauren
Lauren

Yay! Can't wait to celebrate with you two =)

Linda Yeruski
Linda Yeruski

Bettianne is my niece and I love her very much. She and John deserve to win this--I believe their proposal was so unique and so "them". They love life, and love each other so much.

Samantha Foster
Samantha Foster

What a great story and kudos to John for capturing every moment as the propsal unfolded. I am very happy for the both of you and excited for this next step in your lives:)

Sara
Sara

Love you BA! So excited for you and John :)

Robyn Stocking
Robyn Stocking

I thought it was the best espically on your favorite holiday and the fact you had no idea

Terri
Terri

It was such a wonderful surprise! The pictures tell a wonderful story.

heather
heather

"picture" perfect engagement.

Angela
Angela

YAY!!! Congrats and you guys rock, what a great and unique story with memorable pictures to last a lifetime!

Cassi
Cassi

This is the cutest story ever! You are so lucky to have your proposal memories forever! <3

shari marquez
shari marquez

Love, love, love these pictures and this story...great way to catch her off guard!!

Last updated February 5, 2017