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The Sweetest Bus-Top Proposal Ever

Posted on: October 24, 2013

Will you marry me?

On July 30th, 2013, Alissa Haslam got a true surprise at work–a bus-top proposal!
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When Alissa Haslam went to work one sunny July morning, she never imagined that her girlfriend would propose to her from atop a bus in front of 60 of their closest friends before the day’s end. Sure enough, Alissa’s partner Jeanne popped the question in an incredibly romantic, wonderful way, and in true 21st century fashion, the whole thing was caught on tape and has since gone viral on the Internet.

Why was there a bus involved? you might be asking. Believe it or not, this was the least surprising part of the entire proposal, as Alissa serves on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit organization called The Washington Bus. It was Jeanne’s orchestration of such a grand romantic gesture that caught Alissa off guard and swept her off her feet.

In the caption for the YouTube video of the proposal Alissa explains, “On July 30th I was pulled out of a meeting because of a ‘disturbance’ on the street. When I got to my office window, I saw my girlfriend standing on a bus across the street. What came next was the most genuine, funny, heartfelt marriage proposal.

Just the night before, we were talking about romance and I pretty much told her she wasn’t romantic. I am eating crow … and will be for a long time.”

The proposal really was incredibly genuine and sweet, and the inclusion of the bus also proved to be remarkably significant, as The Washington Bus is considered “instrumental” in the passage of Referendum 74, legalizing same-sex marriage in the state of Washington. The Washington Bus is an organization that unifies young people interested in democracy and creating social change. It “engages tomorrow’s leaders on their own terms, and empowers them through education, civic and cultural engagement, and hands-on democracy…We’re you. We’re young people (and the young at heart) here in Washington who want to make our state a better place,” according to the group’s mission statement.

Thanks to The Washington Bus and other large-scale forms of activism, Alissa and Jeanne can get married right in their own state of Washington. Watch the entire wonderful proposal below.


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