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"The best man I ever met": couple engaged after surprise proposal at Sycamore State Theater

SYCAMORE – Not everyone gets to have their name broadcast in bold letters on a movie theater marque, but to Andrew Matthews, Brianna Dale Morris isn’t just anyone – as of Saturday, Aug. 15, she’s his fiancée.

After a romantic horse and carriage ride around downtown Sycamore, Matthews got down on one knee and asked Morris the question written above their heads on the Sycamore State Theater’s marquee: “Brianna Dale will you marry me?”

She said yes – and their dog carried the engagement ring around her neck. After the proposal underneath the theater’s marquee, family and friends shared hors d’oeuvres and popcorn in the lobby and went into a theater to watch a 20-minute film Matthews created about their relationship.

Matthews, 24, met Morris, 26, on May 22, 2016, when he took his dog to the veterinary clinic, where Morris worked as a receptionist. After chatting, Morris friended him on Facebook later that day. Matthews, originally from Geneva, and Morris, originally from Yorkville, now live together in Byron.

“She told her friends she’ll marry me one day,” Matthews said. “She had immediately caught my eye.”

Matthews said what set Morris apart was her “kind, caring and compassionate nature.”

“She’s always been the one for me,” Matthews said. “We got through a long-distance relationship, and I knew I didn’t want to spend a day without her by my side.”

Morris said that Matthews is “the best man I’ve ever met.”

“He’s so sweet, thoughtful, kind and always makes me laugh,” she said. “But he’s never been that creative. It’s why I’m so blown away at the proposal. I am very impressed.”

For about a month, Matthews had been looking for the perfect place to propose to Morris and decided to ask his cousin Amber Hopper if he could pop the question underneath the marquee of the Sycamore State Theater.

Hopper, the theater’s manager, immediately said yes to the idea and helped him plan.

Matthews made sure the day began as normal as possible. They both dressed formally to attend Matthews’ brother’s confirmation and dinner celebration. Afterwards, they stopped in Geneva for ice cream when it started pouring rain.

“She was so upset because she spent time getting ready and looked really nice that day,” Matthews said. “I told her, ‘Let’s not ruin the evening, let’s make it a date night and try out that bar in Sycamore we’ve been meaning to go to.’”

Instead of stopping at the bar, The Forge, the couple stopped in downtown Sycamore, where a horse and carriage were waiting. After the carriage ride, Matthews proposed.

“I didn’t have a clue that anything would happen,” Morris said. “We’ve talked about marriage and the future, so I thought maybe he was thinking of proposing. I didn’t really expect it. I loved what he did, it was so romantic. To have my friends and family there, that was the best part.”

The couple plan on having a traditional Catholic wedding next year on May 22, 2021, the five-year anniversary of when they first met.

“We’ve already started planning our wedding,” Morris said. “We’re looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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