Secret Proposal Was Crafted for Martha Stewart Show
It’s kind of hard to say ‘yes’ when you’re speechless. Even
trickier is pulling off a proposal on national television.
Benjamin Sloane ’05 had the unlikely aid of Martha Stewart in asking for the hand of Crystal Hanehan ’04, who was making an appearance on the domestic diva’s daily television show in March. Sloane shocked Hanehan when he emerged from the studio audience to pop the question at the end of a segment.
He developed the plot during the weeks leading up to the show. Sloane found the producer’s contact info in Hanehan’s unattended e-mail inbox and set up the setup.
The actual idea of proposing was no surprise, though.
“We knew not long after we met that we wanted to get married,” said Hanehan, who met Sloane through mutual friends while attending Oswego. The pair moved to the Boston area shortly after graduating.
Many friends and family members were able to see such a prominently featured proposal.
“It was just really nice and heartwarming to have everyone congratulating us, we really didn’t even have to put the announcement in the paper,” said Hanehan, who was demonstrating how to make Easter bunnies from spun cotton on the show. The Oswego graphic design major makes and sells similar items through Vintage by Crystal.
Sloane is currently earning a master’s degree in social work at Simmons College.
The couple plan to get married in August 2011, but haven’t set a date yet.
— Shane M. Liebler
Benjamin Sloane ’05, left, made a surprise wedding proposal to Crystal Hanehan ’04 on the Martha Stewart Show in March. The two met as students at Oswego. (Photo courtesy of Nick D./The Martha Stewart Show)
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