It was May 27, 2016, and the young bachelor had just popped the big question to his sweetheart in the fairy-tale forest setting of rural Indiana – but he wasn’t quite done yet. Indeed, there was something he needed to say to her little girl, too. And what’s more, his next sentence made mom burst into tears.
Grant Tribbett, 29, and Cassandra Reschar, 26, of Indiana are a young couple with an amazing story. And their tale began the way that a lot of relationships do these days – online. Specifically, Reschar came across Tribbett’s profile on Facebook in late 2015 and liked what she saw. And after she noticed that they had a few mutual friends on the online network, Reschar made a friend request.
Reschar was a single mom to five-year-old Adrianna and had been struggling to find the time in her busy life to date. But while Tribbett may have seemed like a potential catch, he lived four and a half hours away from the mother and her daughter. Still, thanks to Facebook’s messaging service, the physical distance between them didn’t stop them from communicating.
They conversed online for weeks, in fact, before finally speaking on the phone for the first time – for four hours. Then, they finally got to meet in person. That first date, moreover, lasted an incredible 36 hours as the couple managed to get stuck in a snow storm – a true test of any relationship.
And despite that first date mishap, before too long both Tribbett and Reschar became aware that what they had was the real deal. Indeed, at an early stage in their marathon chat sessions, they had discussed how they wanted to grow old together. Surely, then, marriage would be on the cards for them soon?
Well, in May 2016 something happened that marked a turning point in the couple’s relationship. And it came after one of Reschar’s girlfriends announced that she’d organized a manicure pampering session for her, requesting that Reschar set aside some time that Saturday as a result. Curiously, though, when the morning arrived, Reschar was awoken by her boyfriend, who asked that she and Adrianna get dolled up ready for breakfast out at a local diner.
Alarm bells now began to ring faintly for Reschar. Why had she and her daughter been asked to dress up just for breakfast at a chain restaurant? And after their meal, Tribbett escorted them both to Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve in Fishers, Indiana. It was at this point that the alarm bells grew louder. This time, though, an anxious Reschar got the feeling that something special was about to happen.
After making her way through the middle of woodland for a mile, while wearing a fancy outfit and heels thoroughly unsuitable for the terrain, she, Tribbett and Adrianna eventually reached a wooden bridge. Here, Reschar’s warning system was proved correct when Tribbett got down on one knee. Then, someone popped out of the trees and began taking photographs of the couple.
The mystery snapper was none other than Reschar’s friend, Mandi Gilliland, a professional photographer. While there, she got to work documenting the special occasion from every angle. However, nobody could have predicted the curve ball that came next.
After Tribbett proposed to his girlfriend, no sooner had Reschar said yes than he was back down on one knee again. This time, however, he addressed Adrianna. He had something important to ask her.
Moreover, what he said was so adorable that Tribbett’s proposal has subsequently gone viral. He asked the little girl, “Adrianna, can I be your daddy, to promise to love and protect you for the rest of your life?” Reschar subsequently burst into tears.
And after replying with a resounding, “YES!” Adrianna jubilantly shouted, “I finally get a daddy, mommy, I finally get a daddy!” according to a blog post written by Reschar on How He Asked. Then, Reschar’s husband-to-be gave her little girl a heart necklace.
Of course, Reschar got the all-important ring, too. Meanwhile, friend and photographer Gilliland caught the whole thing on camera, resulting in a beautiful set of stills that the couple can treasure forever.
In the blog post, moreover, the newly-engaged Reschar wrote, “Our beautiful little family of two has now become three! I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man! My daughter and I both got our fairy tale ending.”
In June 2017 she also went on to speak to Today and shared her thoughts about the unique proposal. In particular, Reschar said that she was delighted that her husband-to-be had be made sure that he involved her daughter in their special moment.
“His proposal to Adrianna meant the absolute world to me,” she told Today. “In my opinion, it’s special to find the man whom your soul loves, but to also find a man who loves your child unconditionally was a dream I never thought could come true.”
What’s more, he’d put some serious thought into the gift for Adrianna, choosing a necklace in her favorite colors. To Tribbett, the piece of jewelry is a lot more than just that, though: it’s a symbol of his dedication to be Adrianna’s father forever.
And ever since Tribbett got a “yes” from both mom and daughter, they’ve been busy planning the wedding, which will take place in December 2017. Naturally, Adrianna will also be a key part of that ceremony.
“[She] will be our flower girl at the wedding,” Reschar told Today. Not only that, but there is also a “daddy-daughter” dance planned, too, so that Tribbett and Adrianna can have a special moment in front of family and friends.
While speaking to Metro, Tribbett described his wife-to-be and her daughter as a “package deal.” Consequently, he felt it was only right that he proposed to both of them. And given how considerate and inventive Tribbett was with his actions, it’s perhaps no wonder that his, Reschar’s and Adrianna’s story has captured hearts all over the world.