Hanna and Dan

Proposal Ideas The V in Maple Lake

How We Met

Dan and I met in May 2016 at the Corner Bar in St. Michael, MN. A historic bar, in more ways than one. We met over a shot of Fireball and Jag (insert barf emoji), at a mutual friend’s birthday party. I don’t think either of us has had Fireball or Jag since that day. I finished the shot, Dan– did not. As you can imagine, the rest of the night was rather “foggy”. He had asked me for my number at some point in the night and we both went on our way. While I was on my way home that night, I received a text from him “What is your last name? I want to creep you on Facebook.” Hmm… okay?? We became “friends” and chatted off and on for about 2 months. After the July 4th weekend of 2016 and after about 1.5-2 weeks of not talking, he picked up on texting me again (only when he felt like it). I sent him a pretty detailed message about how he couldn’t just text me “when he felt like it” and if he actually was interested in something, then he better do something about it or leave me alone. We went on our first date to Buffalo Wild Wings and the Elk River Movie Theater a few days later and were pretty much inseparable ever since.

How They Asked

Where do I begin?! I’d always dreamed of the night I would get engaged. Boy, there was awhile I wasn’t even certain it would happen! It wasn’t long after Dan & I started dating that I think we both knew what we wanted in life. What can I say– we’re perfect for each other.

December 31st, 2019. We had some of our closest friends over for a homemade Chinese night to celebrate New Year’s Eve before heading out to a local bar to listen to a friend’s band. I remember being frazzled that afternoon. I had worked all day and rushed home to get things prepped for a fun night with friends. Dan got home about an hour after me. I had the music going and was cleaning up and preparing a few dishes. He barely said hi, turned off my music, walked into the living room and started watching TV. Ummmm, thanks?! I remember saying something to him, I can’t recall what anymore– but he “barked” back at me. He was so cranky and annoying that night. In my head, I was thinking, “Wow! Screw you! I can’t wait to go out and enjoy the night with some friends and ditch you!”. Once our company arrived, the tension cooled down and we had a great dinner and conversation. We made our way to the Maple Lake V Bar (“The V”) to watch our friend’s band, the Mitch Gordon Band. Mitch is a pretty good friend of ours, we’ve shared so many good times over the past couple of years at his shows. Good times to the point that Mitch has to chauffeur us home, to his house, because we couldn’t make it to our own. *facepalm* I suppose I can’t complain about the 2 am fish fry that he treated us to when we stumbled into his house. (Thanks again, Mitch!).

Hanna's Proposal in The V in Maple Lake

We got to The V around 9:00 pm on New Year’s Eve and it was still pretty dead. All of us were a bit unsure if the crowd would pick up throughout the night, but we started getting a few drinks and chatting and before we knew it, the bar was full. My girlfriends and I were up dancing by the stage, having a blast. I had a few drinks in me– so I was right in my element. I didn’t see Dan much in the night before midnight, we were both chatting and doing our own thing. Just before midnight all of the guys came out to the dance floor and joined us for the New Years’ countdown. We got to midnight and I pretty much had to force Dan to kiss me. What the heck?!. Again, sort of annoyed. But then– PLOT TWIST, holy, plot twist.

The Mitch Gordon band started playing the background music for “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks. Mitch has been known to call people onto the stage during this number (and others) to “shake their butts”. Sure enough, Dan & I being front row, it was our turn…. or so I thought. He called us up on stage because we were “the most awkward ones”…. thanks, Mitch. We took a shot of whiskey (barf) and Mitch counted us down to shake our butts. A few shots in me, sure, why not make a fool of myself on stage in front of 200 people? Just as I started to “shake my butt”, Dan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. CUE ALL THE TEARS!! Y’all, I had no FREAKING idea. No clue. I legit thought we were getting up there to shake our butts. It was the craziest, most special, and coolest thing ever. I still can’t believe that Dan coordinated something of that capacity all by himself!

It was truly the best moment and I will never forget that night. I will never forget the overwhelming feeling of happiness that flooded me. I didn’t sleep a wink the entire night and could not wait until it was an appropriate hour of the morning to call all of my friends and family. I am so blessed and I cannot wait to marry my best friend!

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