Bryan Stiles knew that surprising girlfriend Brittany Fitch with a marriage proposal would require stealth, ingenuity and detailed planning.
“She’s the smartest cookie I know,” Bryan says of hyper-alert Brittany. Plus, with over a decade of experience as a wedding coordinator, Brittany is no stranger to unique marriage proposals.
The two met on the dating app Tinder but live hundreds of miles apart. He’s in Newport Beach, California, and travels frequently throughout the United States as a general manager with Allis Engineering. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she works fulltime as an event planner for a hospital group and part-time as a wedding coordinator.
However, a time zone and nearly 400 miles didn’t stop them from forging a long distance romance that has flourished in the three years since they first connected.
Strong Christian roots was one of the things that attracted Bryan and Brittany to each other, but they soon learned they are both self-avowed “gym rats” with a shared dedication to healthy, active living.
“We’re adventurous,” Brittany says. “We snowboard, rock climb, play golf and like to spend time with friends.”
As their love grew, marriage was definitely in the future, but Bryan hadn’t officially popped the question.
“I wanted to do something creative and really different, not just propose in a park or a restaurant,” he says.
A summer trip to a friend’s wedding in Washington State followed by visiting Brittany’s parents in Coeur d’Alene got Bryan researching the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. An avid golfer for the past 10 years, Bryan knew he wanted the two of them to experience its world-famous floating green.
And then he thought: Why not propose on the green?
Not one to simply shove a diamond ring in his pocket and wait for a hole-in-one, Bryan got busy developing an elaborate scheme to “smuggle” the ring to Coeur d’Alene and hire a photographer to surreptitiously shoot the proposal.
The first problem was hiding the ring.
“I knew if she saw a square box in my pocket, she’d be on to me,” Bryan laughs.
So he found a company that prints custom designs on golf balls and had them inscribe one with the words: Brittany Fitch, will you marry me? Then Bryan sawed the golf ball in half and ground a ring-holder into the center.
Hiding the golf ball from Brittany during a week traveling till they got to the golf course required another ingenious step.
“I got a biometric gun safe and hid it there!” he says. The cigar box-sized safe is TSA approved and could only be opened with Bryan’s thumbprint.
“I fly so much I always go through the TSA pre-check, so I was pretty sure Brittany wouldn’t even see the safe.”
He arranged for Jerome Pollos Photography to be on the floating green when they arrived.
“That’s when I got suspicious.” Brittany says. “I have a keen sense of intuition and it’s pretty hard to surprise me.”
She only half fell for the explanation that they were being photographed for Golf Digest. Then Bryan went down on one knee, pulled the golf ball out of his pocket and opened it and proposed.
“Of course I’ll marry you!” Brittany said with tears running down her face. “Then I asked my dad, and he said it was ok. Ha-ha!”
The couple hasn’t set a firm date yet but are eyeing fall 2019 for the wedding.
We’re delighted Brittany and Bryan experienced the floating green in such a unique way, and we’re thrilled to share their love story with loyal Resort golfers and fans.
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