Platinum Proposals

HowTheyAsked Platinum Proposal: Maddy and Nate


How We Met

Nate and I actually met my freshman year in environmental science class. We both struggled on (failed) a test and both went up and asked the teacher for help. Nate asked for my number to study for the next test, so I gave it to him. At that time I was dating someone, so when he texted me and started to flirt, I didn’t reply. Fast forward a year later and I showed up at Wesley, an on-campus ministry at our college. He was there playing in the worship band as the lead guitarist. We talked at a Super Bowl party and reminisced about our environmental science class. This time I wasn’t dating anyone. We became best friends, and we prayed for and with one another daily. I knew from our first genuine conversation he was someone I wanted to know for a long time.

How They Asked

Nate and I started dating last May. I knew from the moment I met him that he was someone special. He’s kind, caring, funny and really cute. Throughout the first couple months of our relationship, I was itching to tell him I loved him and how much I cared for him, but we came to a decision not to say those three very special words until engagement. We both knew we loved one another, but we didn’t want to say those words until we’d made it official that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together. I’m a very impulsive and expressive person, so for me to not be able to tell him all my feelings was very difficult, but I knew it would make that day even more special if we waited to say I love you. It also taught me how to show him I loved him way more than I could ever tell him.

So here’s how it happened: Nate was commissioned in the US Army as a second lieutenant and it was a big day. My family was there, his family was there, all our friends were there to see him swear into this position and serve our country. After Nate was sworn in, he got the chance to make a speech and give his gratitude to certain people. He thanked all of his professors, his friends and then he said he had a couple of people that he wanted to recognize specifically. He thanked his parents, he thanked his brother, and then he looked at me. By this time he was crying, I was crying, and the entire room of people standing there were crying. He said, “I just have to brag on Maddy for a minute, because she’s shown me what true love and true care is. And Maddy, I love you. And I wanted to take this opportunity to ask you if you would make me the luckiest man in the world and be my wife.”

As soon as he said those three words I’d been dreaming about for over a year, I knew it was happening and I could not control myself. I said “Yes!” and then celebrated with my family. The man in charge of military science (who is an infantry officer) was even crying. It was so emotional and an absolute dream. It was everything I could have ever wished for and so much more.

Special Thanks

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jordan Suddath


Stacy (Tasman) Stahl is the founder of– the digital destination for all things marriage proposal. How He Asked, acquired by XO Group, Inc. in September 2016 to allow The Knot to better serve its audience even earlier in the wedding planning journey, provides a platform for couples to share their engagement stories and has built a community of love-obsessed readers by sharing the best ones on their website and social media channels. With a library of 10,000+ proposals, the site also provides education, inspiration, and tools to help soon-to-be proposers plan their own life-changing moment. Stacy is now an expert in the pre-engaged world, and you can follow along with @HowTheyAsked's half a million Instagram followers.


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