Teenager Shaedon Wedel won the hearts of the nation after uploading a video of his promposal online. This was no ordinary promposal, though, and his inventive gesture was seen by thousands, earning Wedel and his date some unexpected attention.
Kansas resident Wedel asked Carlie Wittman, a freshman at Newton High School, to accompany him to his prom. Carlie has Down syndrome and is the younger sister of Wedel’s best friend. He and Carlie have known each other for years.
Unsurprisingly, the sweet sentiment behind this promposal melted the hearts of internet users across the U.S. But it was Wedel’s creative spin on this traditional gesture that launched him into national headlines.
Not long after the 60-second video was posted on Facebook, it had already received in excess of 20,000 views, as well as numerous likes and comments. “We definitely need more gentlemen like you in this world! Very sweet,” one Facebook user commented. “What a beautiful gesture!” wrote another.
High school senior Wedel had been carefully planning how to ask his friend to be his prom date for months, in fact, wanting the experience to be unique. “My main goal is to make her prom as special as possible,” Wedel told CBS News.
Carlie’s older brother, Carson Wittman, and Wedel have been good friends for several years. Wedel told Yahoo! that they’d been planning to take Carlie to prom together since the start of the school year.
However, their plans changed when Carson began dating someone. Not wanting their idea to come to nothing, though, Wedel chose to continue with it alone and invite Carlie to the dance himself. But this wouldn’t be just a regular prom invitation.
Indeed, Wedel wanted to pull out all the stops to make Carlie feel like a princess for her prom night, particularly as he’s always had a close relationship with her family. “They have been so kind and nurturing to me,” Wedel explained.
After months of planning, the day arrived when Wedel would finally ask Carlie the big question. The video Wedel posted on Facebook shows him walking up to Carlie’s house. She’s stood outside her front door, with her dad behind filming the moment on his phone.
Wedel shows up clutching a bouquet of flowers and a bag of… Doritos! He’s also sporting a custom-made, red T-shirt with the Doritos logo on the front of it and a large image of a chip on the back.
The young man gestures to his shirt and the white writing underneath the logo. A surprised Carlie takes a closer look and reads the caption aloud: “I know I’m NACHO typical Dorito but…”
Wedel proceeds to turn around, revealing the rest of the pun-tastic message on the back of his T-shirt, which reads, “I’m going to be CHEESY and ask: Will you go to prom with me?”
All smiles, a delighted Carlie leaps up and down and covers her face with her hands. Without hesitation, she happily accepts the invitation. Wedel gives her a hug and presents her with the bag of Doritos, as her father watches on happily.
This might be the cutest – and certainly the “cheesiest” – promposal ever, but why Doritos? Well, according to Wedel, the popular cheesy snack is Carlie’s firm favorite. “I have known her for seven years and there has not been a day that I have not seen her eat Doritos,” he explained. “She absolutely loves them!” It’s easy to see why Wedel’s quirky gesture quickly made the headlines, but the story didn’t end there.
When the clip of Carlie and Wedel went viral and their story began featuring in the national news, they caught the attention of a Wisconsin family who decided to help. Norma and Floyd Grode, whose daughter suffers from cerebral palsy, were touched by Wedel’s thoughtfulness and wanted to make Carlie’s prom night even more like a fairytale. So they had a prom dress – a turquoise gown decorated with rhinestones – picked out and sent to the teenager.
And believe it or not, the magic didn’t stop there. Wedel’s Doritos-themed promposal attracted so much attention, in fact, that the snack company itself got in touch and offered to deliver them to the prom in style.
“Congrats on a bold promposal,” Doritos wrote to an astonished Wedel on Twitter. “We have a few plans to make your prom experience just as bold.” It’s safe to say, however, that the pair couldn’t have fully prepared themselves for exactly what Doritos had in store them.
Their gift? The delighted teenagers got to make a one-of-a-kind entrance into their high school dance – onboard a bright red helicopter, courtesy of Doritos. Not only that, but the company provided another helicopter for Carlie’s brother, Carson, and his date. “This is absolutely amazing,” Wedel told KWCH-12. “Such a cool experience. Especially to do it with her, though. To be able to have her this happy, it’s all I wanted.”
Carlie’s family were just as delighted to see their daughter happy and feeling as special as they know she is. “She’s full of joy and it just oozes, and she’s like that with everyone,” said, Carlie’s mom, Angie. “It doesn’t matter who you are.”
And if all that wasn’t enough, Carlie received one final gift to top off her perfect night: a year’s supply of free, you guessed it, Doritos! The seemingly perfect end to a dream night.