ASHEBORO, N.C. – Christmas bells turned to wedding bells for one Asheboro couple when he popped the question at the city's Christmas parade.
Even the announcer was in on the surprise, and her mother caught the whole thing on camera.
It was a magical moment, in front of hundreds of people, when firefighter Daniel Craven popped the question to his girlfriend Allison Buck.
She went to see him riding in the Asheboro Christmas Parade and had no idea she would go home with an engagement ring.
"For me, I'm still in shock. I'm so excited,” said Buck.
“The nerves were there – that’s for sure,” said Craven.
Buck's mother, Laurie Hill, was in on the surprise, and recorded her daughter's proposal.
"I’d have my camera ready and it wouldn't be Daniel's truck. I’d do it again and it wouldn't be Daniel's truck. Then, finally, it was Daniel's truck," she said.
The fairy tale proposal was fitting for the couple whose first date lasted 13 hours.
“I called my Mom after our first date and said he’s the one,” said Buck.
Craven said, “I was kind of waiting to see where’s the bad in this, what’s wrong here. But nothing. I hadn’t found a thing. It’s been amazing.”
Three years and eight months later, Buck got the surprise of a lifetime from her boyfriend and an extra surprise from her mother.
“She saw this ornament that said engaged on it and I said you're not engaged honey you can't have that. We were with my cousin and I motioned to her to keep her going up the aisle. I went back and I got it for her and I put their names on it," said Hill.
"My dreams came true. I had set lots of stipulations for him like he couldn't do it on birthdays or holidays or anything like that. It was his own special day. I wanted my family to be there. I wanted somebody to video it. I wanted pictures. I got everything I wanted plus so much more than that,” said Buck.
Now, the couple has a wedding to plan and a new tradition to continue. They will be returning to the Asheboro Christmas Parade every year!