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A 'Chill' In Long Beach, Will She Say Yes?

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For 33 year old Brandon Jamie and 26 year old Madelynn Hernandez this was a day they'll likely never forget. The Irvine couple got engaged today. Oh, I know, those sort of things happen every day, but not LIVE on TV. And, certainly not with me on hand. This was the first time in my career that I've officiated as a hopeful groom asked his love to marry him LIVE on a television program. Would she say yes? She did. And, the smile on her face was priceless.

She had no idea what so many of us were up to in creating the surprise moment. Tracy Lyles with Robbins Brothers provided an extraordinary one karat diamond ring as part of a "White Friday" event for the big jeweler working in coopreration with The Queen Mary and it's "Chill" exhibit. "Chill," which involves an ice skating rink and really cool (brrrr cool) ice castle exhibit recreates scenes from The Nutcracker Suite. There was another sculpture. A sign with the words "Madelynn will you marry me?"

As the couple and other people followed me into the domed exhibit many of us held our breath hoping for the desired impact. At our station my colleague Anthony Smiljkovich was hoping everything would fall into place. He worked very hard coordinating things for this story with Tracey from Robbins Brothers and Geri Gordon Miller and Steve Sheldon from The Queen Mary/Chill.

On site our Armando Hernandez and Tony Buttitta handling the camera and engineering duties. There was much involved to keep Madelynn Hernandez busy and unaware of the surprise being created for her.

And, was she surprised, shocked, overwhelmed and stunned when her beau got down on bended knew and asked her to marry him? She was! She had no idea. YAY!!! The desired impact! Congratulations Brandon and Madelynn!

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