LOGAN SQUARE — A video capturing a surprise marriage proposal popped the question to the cheers of a crowd expecting a comedy performance just before Valentine's Day.
Aaron Sandberg surprised his girlfriend, Amy Disharoon, over the weekend when he proposed marriage on a stage armed only with a microphone and a haiku.
The Logan Square couple have been together since they met on OKCupid in 2011, but they made it official for Valentine’s Day when Disharoon said "yes," in front of a room full of cheering strangers at “#DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment.”
“I was looking for things to do on Valentine’s Day and saw the ‘Date Me’ show was playing. I figured it was a good opportunity to come full circle considering we met online,” Sandberg said. “And that led to the proposal at the end.”
Organizers of the Feb. 13 show at UP Comedy Club hooked up Sandberg and his fiancee, Amy Disharoon, with center seats ahead of the big reveal. And that’s when Disharoon said she got the sense something big was coming.
“The whole show went on and nothing happened so I thought maybe I was overthinking things,” she said. “It was a surprise in the way that I didn’t expect.”
After taking to the stage, Sandberg gave a brief summation of the couple’s relationship.
“The first word I ever said to you on OKCupid was ‘howdy,’ like some kind of urban cowboy trying you wrangle you in. You’ve been a wonderful girlfriend, but I don’t want to be your boyfriend anymore,” he tells Disharoon as the crowd begins to catch on.
Sandberg’s proposal came in the form of a haiku, a reference to the first days of their courtship, he said to the sound of wild cheering from the audience — “You make me happy. I sure hope you will say yes. Will you marry me?”
The proposal was “perfect,” Disharoon said. “It was very meaningful.”
The two hope to be married in July or August.
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