Creative groom proposes to girlfriend in newspaper ad
April 23, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2010 at 11:24 p.m.
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.