A special holiday proposal happened during Appleton’s Christmas parade.
“I held a secret the whole time from buying the ring, to me lying about working, it’s been a whole secret this whole time,” says firefighter Bryce Sternhagen.
Bryce and Samantha have been a couple for 7 years.
Little did she know the surprise that awaited her when the Appleton Fire Department’s float stopped in front of her.
“I’m in shock, I had no idea,” says Samantha Cucci. “It’s just awesome to have all my family, all my friends here. I’m so excited, I don’t know how we pulled it off.”
But he did and it certainly helped that Samantha’s friends and family were able to keep their lips sealed.
“That was very hard secret to keep, but we love Bryce,” says Samantha’s mom Denise. “He’ll be a wonderful addition to the family.”
“Of course I was nervous, I don’t know why,” says Sternhagen. “I mean I’m marrying a beautiful girl, I have the right to be nervous.”
But now the nerves are gone and there’s one thing left to do.
“We just bought a house so we’re moving in there and then we have to plan a wedding,” says Cucci.
“We’re going to party tonight and figure it out in the morning,” added Sternhagen.