Photo of Nampa marriage "proposal" goes viral

Posted at 8:57 AM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 10:57:30-05

It's not every day you see a man publicly get down on one knee to propose to the woman he loves but that's what happened recently in Nampa.

And, the couple's story is now going viral. Someone at the restaurant snapped a photo at the exact moment the woman realized what was going on.

The phone photographer apparently thought it would be a shame for them to not get a copy.

Nearly a week later, Melissa Miller was stunned to see so many notifications and congratulations on Facebook.

The couple have actually been married for four years but her husband, Darryl, never really formally asked for her hand in marriage. So, he decided to make up for it on their four-year anniversary.

They went out for dinner at the Olive Garden where one of their friends is a server.

"I showed her [the waitress and friend] the ring I got for her [Melissa], and she just kind of lit up like a tree," said Darryl Miller.

The entire Olive Garden staff was in on the surprise, and Melissa never thought twice when Darryl asked her to close her eyes. She says he typically does this when presenting her with a gift.

Melissa describes the thoughts in her head when she opened her eyes.

"I was so surprised, and it was just so incredibly special," she said.

The special moment seemed to be shared by everyone who happened to be at the restaurant that night.

"It's an amazing moment, we will always have that memory for the rest of our lives," Melissa said. "And, obviously, it touched some people there at the restaurant but I had no idea it would get the response that it has."

The photographer sent the photo to the Idaho Press-Tribune. Staff posted the picture on Facebook in an attempt to locate the couple, 6 On Your Side decided to help and share the photo on our Facebook page and it worked! Viewers spotted the happy couple and got them in touch with the newsroom.

Melissa and Darryl plan on having the photo framed and hope to soon make room for a new family member in the household.

"The biggest thing is I want to thank the person that snapped the photo," Melissa said.

The person who took the photo, according to Facebook, is Fred Christiansen.

The couple would like to thank Christiansen in person for making sure they got a copy of the photo. To connect with the couple, it is asked that you send an e-mail to