by Jennifer Noel
“Will you marry me?”
It’s one of the most important questions ever asked, always with the hopes of a resounding “Yes!” as the answer.
Sometimes a proposal is spontaneous and sometimes it’s a carefully planned event. The question may be posed in front of strangers, while surrounded by family, or in a quiet moment alone. The possibilities for the milestone are endless and the details innumerable.
The pressure to pull off the perfect proposal is real. However, as these proposal stories from residents in and around Hanover reveal, a lot of love and a little creativity always add up to perfect.
Enjoy a few of the journeys from love, to “Will you marry me?” to “Yes!”
Enjoy reading how your fellow Hanover residents popped the question.
Cameron & Megan Black During an annual beach trip to Ocean City, Md., Cameron asked me to take a midnight walk with him on the beach. At first I was content to sit on the boardwalk and ‘people watch, but he insisted and I finally agreed to go down toward the water. After walking, talking, and laughing together by the ocean for almost an hour, Cameron got down on one knee and proposed.
I was very surprised and of course said, “YES!” We were both very happy and began calling our family and friends to share our exciting news. We were married on September 3, 2016, at St. John’s Catholic Church followed by a reception at the Duke Farm. Our wedding was the best day of our lives because we were surrounded by our wonderful family, the best of friends, and blessed with beautiful weather. •
Brian & Kim Herrell I took Kim to Codorus State Park in Hanover. On a sunny evening, we were walking down by the water and while Kim was watching the boats go by, I walked away for a moment to put the ring down in the stones near where we would be walking along the shore. I came back and guided Kim in that direction. As we walked over to where the ring was, I got down on one knee – in the rocks – and asked Kim to marry me. Before I finished popping the question, Kim had already said, “Yes!” •
Matt & Heather Loban Three and a half years ago I took my girlfriend Heather ring shopping in the diamond district in Philadelphia. We window-shopped, sipped on wine and she tried a few different types of rings on. She mentioned oval shape and solitaire so I made sure to listen and take note. I remember the salesman giving me a calculator and telling me to type in a number I’m comfortable with spending. What pressure! We didn’t buy anything that day. We went to lunch and I took the paper straw wrapper, rolled it in my hand and fashioned a ring out of it. I put it on Heather’s finger and asked if that would be good enough. She laughed and said it would be plenty as long as a good story came with it. Ah ha! I told myself in my head to remember this. She wants a story. So I began planning.
The overall plan was to create a story along a trail. The trail would include stops that highlighted important parts of our relationship and it would celebrate the most important people in our life. I decided on five stops that Heather would travel to that had significance and waiting for her would be friends that gave her a gift, read her a letter that I wrote, and then would blindfold her and take her to the next stop.
The journey began with my sister and brother- in-law kidnapping Heather from the salon she worked in. This was the first place we met, the first place I asked her on a date, and a place we spent time getting to know each other in the time between those events. We had hit it off right away. She made me so nervous. She had this big personality that stood out. She was beautiful too, which made me so nervous. The haircut wasn’t great, but she says that was because she was nervous too.
Match made in heaven right?
Jim, my brother-in-law, sat Heather down in the salon chair when she was done cutting his hair. He read her the letter I wrote and gave her flowers that I had arranged to be there. My sister blindfolded Heather and drove to the next stop, which was the side parking lot of a grocery store where I made her pull over once because I wasn’t feeling so great. Romantic! Waiting for her were our friends tailgating in the parking lot with open coolers and chairs. The unfortunate event of getting sick here was supposed to be funny and light, but remind her of the fun we have together with our friends and the patience we have for each other during tough times. They read another letter I wrote to her explaining how the fun times will be weighed with tough times, but in the end our love for each other will endure. The guys gave her the poster collage I made with pictures from a lot of the fun parties and weddings we had gone to with our friends.
She then was onto the next stop, which was a little more sincere, Annunciation BVM church in McSherrystown.
I wanted Heather to know how grateful I was that she felt compelled to adopt the Catholic faith. She converted to Catholicism, through the adult RCIA program. In fact, I work with the son of Heather’s sponsor in that program and it was he and his wife waiting for her there at the church. They then took Heather to Staub’s Landing where her future matron of honor was waiting for her. This was one of our favorite date nightspots because it was close but so good. My letter described how lucky I was to have found someone that was so special.
Heather was blindfolded one last time and brought to her final stop at our good friend’s backyard, which has a beautiful Koi pond and a lovely garden house that we spent hours in laughing with our friends. It was here that Heather was met by me and almost 50 friends and family members.
Some people may think it was crazy to ask her to marry me in front of so many people. What if she would have said no?! I knew deep down we were ready for this. I knew our love for each other was deep enough for this next step.
The thing I remember most vividly from this day is how happy she was to see me. The smile on her face was special. We stood in front of the pond hand in hand; I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. To this day she will say she said yes, but I don’t remember her verbalizing anything.
Instead she shoved her finger through the engagement ring as fast as she could. That was yes enough for me. We turned and thanked our friends and family for being with us. Told them how important they were to us and the strength of our relationship. We ended the night with a party in the garden house. It was a wonderful day.•
Mike & Michelle Becker Mike and I met at Bank of Hanover in 1994. We dated for a few years and, in 1996, we took a trip to Disney World with his parents. Although we had talked of getting married and a future together, I had no idea what was about to happen. On our first day there we went to the Magic Kingdom. Mike said he just wanted to take a walk and do some things by ourselves. We left his parents and took a walk along the side of Cinderella’s Castle; there are benches and great views of the castle. He began talking about us, our future – and we stopped to look at the castle.
I turned to look at him and he was down on his knee, ring in hand. He asked me to marry him. I was in shock to say the least. Of course, I said yes. The ring he gave me was actually from his grandmother. It was so special, and believe it or not, private as we were not in the midst of lots of people.
We love Disney and have made several trips. We went back on our 10th anniversary and he took our daughter and me to the exact place and gave me an anniversary ring as well. Our 20th anniversary was in December and we once again returned to Disney. Disney may not be for everyone but it holds a special place in our family’s heart.
Nathan Laughman & Christy Cook First of all I will preface the story with a fun fact: I LOVE black bears. This will come into play later! Nathan Laughman and I have been dating six years. We met each other working as nurses at Hanover Hospital. We were then travel nurses for a few years and got to live in a few different places all over the United States. Then we came back to the area, bought a house, got jobs at York Hospital and settled down with our pup, Remi. One of our favorite hobbies we picked up on our travels is to visit National Parks and hike as much as we can on as many trails as possible.
So planning a weekend trip to Shenandoah National Park to hike and explore this past April with a couple of our friends was nothing out of the ordinary for us. We packed our bags and planned a day hike to the peak of Old Rag Mountain, a six-mile, moderate hike and rock scramble.
What we didn’t expect was to spot a mama black bear and two cubs just a mile in as we ascended up the mountain! I, being obsessed with black bears, immediately started taking pictures and used a pair of binoculars to try to get the best view I could. I was completely entranced with the bears and was paying no attention to Nathan. He was behind me, on one knee and holding a ring in his hands a good five minutes before I even turned around!
But I did eventually turn around and, of course, said yes, with a family of black bears 50 yards away!
After our hike to the peak of the mountain (during the last mile of the hike) we spotted a cute waterfall with a log over a creek. We thought it’d be a great spot for an engagement picture. I sat on the log while Nathan set the timer. He hit start and ran to meet me. Well… He sat down beside me on the log way too hard. We both tumbled backwards and fell into the creek. We were both okay and have a great little story to tell!
Frank & Kathi Fuhrman Attempt #1: Frank and I used to spend a number of our date nights playing Scrabble at home. One evening we were playing Scrabble and every word Frank put on the board was related to a wedding- blue, ring, etc. I remember being so frustrated with him (in a good way!) because we had gone ring shopping months before that. Little did I know that he had intended to propose that very evening. He quickly got up from the table after putting four different wedding words on the board. I had no idea what he was doing but in the middle of it my sister, Lisa, arrived home (she stayed with us temporarily), and he came back to the table and said “I thought I heard a noise in the basement”. And that was that.
The Actual Proposal: A week later, we were preparing for a fundraiser one night. I was in charge of baking cookies for the bake sale portion of the event. Frank decided to play music and asked me to come slow dance with him (another tradition of ours). I knew the cookies would be done shortly but I obliged because being romantic is necessary to keep a relationship going. We danced to Shameless by Garth Brooks as we always do.
The buzzer went off and Frank started talking about how much he loved me. My response was simple- I love you too, but I need to go get the cookies out of the oven. He was relentless though and kept going on an on.
When I mentioned the cookies again, he took my hands and said “Kathi, focus.” In that moment, he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.” I said Yes instantly!
But, the poor cookies….they were in the oven for a total of 40 minutes and not worthy of taking to our fundraiser event. I joke about our engagement story a lot at my Pampered Chef parties (I’ve been selling for 10+years). I made those cookies on stoneware so they never turned black, just a golden brown. AND I made Frank eat them since he made me burn them.
Frank told me that night, he had intended to propose during scrabble until Lisa came home. He was sorry that it wasn’t a planned event but nothing in our love story was ever planned. We just loved each other from the day we met and knew it was right. It was the perfect proposal for us. We celebrated out 8-year wedding anniversary on October 11, 2016.•