18th Amendment manager proposes to girlfriend via newspaper ad


She said, “Of course!”

Many readers may have noticed a different kind of ad in Thursday’s Link section, not luring you in to enjoy the latest happy hour specials or live band this weekend, but simply a man asking for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage. 

"Teresa, you are the most amazing woman I’ve ever met," the ad read. "You make everyday feel like the luckiest day of my life. Will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?"

Aww. I’m sold.

Considering John Geiken wanted to be there when Teresa Drost first saw his ad – and considering social media has a way of spreading news faster than ever these days – running this proposal in the newspaper wasn’t exactly an easy feat for Geiken, manager of 18th Amendment in Sioux Falls. He knew friends or family would see the couple’s picture in the paper this morning and be quick to call or text. So, naturally, he had her phone shut off. Unbeknownst to Drost, she had no cellphone access to the outside world this morning. 

Yeah, he’s good. 

By noon, it was time to pop the question. Like the couple normally does, they stopped in to 18th Amendment for lunch and began reading the paper. He grabbed the sports section, and she grabbed Link, like they always do. Since 18th Amendment always has an ad in Link, Drost was quick to look it up on page 3. But this one took her by surprise. 

“It was total confusion right away. The first thing she said was, ‘Why is our picture in there?’ ” Geiken said. And then, the tears. “I got down on one knee and she started bawling and said, ‘Of course!’ ” 

We don’t ruin the surprise for the bride-to-be, but Geiken had plans to continue his proposal with a romantic night on the town and a celebration with friends. No wedding date has been set, but Geiken says they might look into a destination wedding. 

Maybe they saw an ad for a resort in Mexico. Some ads are hard to say no to, you know. 

Congrats to the happy couple!