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Creative groom proposes to girlfriend in newspaper ad

By JR Ortega
April 23, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2010 at 11:24 p.m.

Kaci West covers her face after reading a newspaper ad placed by Justin Matusevich. Matusevich asked West to marry him in the ad, and then he dropped to one knee and proposed.

CREATIVE WAYS TO PROPOSE

Arrange a surprise proposal with a street caricaturist. Have him sketch a picture of you two with word bubbles. Yours will read, "Will you Marry Me?" and hers will say, "Yes!"

Send your girlfriend on a treasure hunt. Start with a clue at home, then send her on a tour of your favorite spots all over town. When she gets to the last hint, the prize should be you on one knee.

Tie a red velvet ribbon from one spot in your home to another. Attach little notes recalling perfect moments in your relationship along the way. You wait at the last stop, ring in hand.

For a simple surprise: After she goes to bed, go to her jewelry box and replace her everyday ring with the engagement ring. She'll be completely shocked in the morning when she goes to put on her regular ring.

Create a personalized fortune cookie with your own proposal message.

Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark star stickers on your ceiling. Get into bed, turn the lights off, and wait for the inevitable gasp.

Source: www.theknot.com

Kaci West sat at the kitchen table, flipped through the sports section of the Victoria Advocate and then read her boyfriend his horoscope.

"Others might not be responding as quickly as you would like," she read early Friday morning.

The Aquarius horoscope held true for her boyfriend, Justin Matusevich, who waited for West to flip deeper into the newspaper. Two sections away, he asked in a paid advertisement for West to marry him.

Advocate journalists told West they were present Friday morning in her parents' home to work on a new cooking segment that featured her mother in the story.

"I didn't know how it was going to happen," said West, who covered her face and appeared excited after stumbling across the proposal.

After gathering herself, she told Matusevich, yes, she will marry him.

Matusevich and Nikita West, West's mother, worked on the elaborate plan for two weeks.

"He endeared himself to me," the mother said.

Matusevich, 28, and West, 25, met five months ago through Neldene Matusevich, West's adjunct art professor at Victoria College and the groom-to-be's grandmother.

It was love at first sight, the Victoria couple said.

"It was very much ... literally like a whirlwind romance," West said, giggling.

West works as a cashier at the Tractor Supply Company and Matusevich works in the oil industry.

West had worked out a plan to meet Matusevich in December by saying she needed help with her Christmas tree. She contacted Matusevich's grandmother and the rest is history, she said.

"It's the way her personality is," Matusevich said, staring at his fiancee. "It's her smile and beautiful face."

Matusevich's grandmother was not present for the morning proposal but said she was excited to learn by phone that her matchmaking paid off.

"I'm thrilled. I'm the grandma," she said in an excited tone. "Justin and I have a real special relationship. I really like that girl."

West hopes to model her relationship after her parent's marriage, she said.

Her father, Eddy, an oil rig worker, has kept the same schedule for several years. Like Matusevich, he works seven days and is off seven days.

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder," West said.

West's mother and father fought tears after the proposal.

"I'm so happy for you," West's father said as he broke down on his daughter's shoulder.

"She picked a good one," her mother added.

The two have not set a date for the wedding but plan on working out those details in the near future, the couple said.

"To me, it's a match made in heaven," Matusevich's grandmother said.

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