Jon Schaadt and sweetheart Amber Hillberg had finished dinner at Bricco’s in downtown Akron on Feb. 17 when she noticed the artist set up on the sidewalk, offering caricatures for five bucks.
Amber, 30, didn’t realize the artist was a pal of Jon’s, and she was the subject of an elaborate operation that would change her life forever.
A few minutes after Amber sat down for the drawing, the “artist” received a phone call from another one of Jon’s buddies, hidden around the corner. Excusing himself to take the call, the man encouraged the couple to take a look at what he had drawn thus far.
The unsuspecting Amber peeked at the picture, which Jon, 35, had actually commissioned weeks earlier. It depicted Jon on one knee with a gargantuan ring. Then he pulled out the real thing from his pocket and assumed the kneeling position, matching the caricature’s image.
Jon popped the question, and Amber accepted. They’ll be married July 21.
Now it’s your turn to tell us about your wedding proposal. June is traditionally a busy month for weddings, so next month we will publish some of your stories in the newspaper.
Keep your tales to less than 300 words, and send the details of your unique proposal by May 28 to Kim Hone-McMahan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “proposal” in the subject line. Or snail mail to:
Kim Hone-McMahan, Features Department
Akron Beacon Journal
P.O. Box 640
Akron, OH 44309-0640
Please include the names of both you and your sweetie, your city and phone number for confirmation.