Soldier pulls off surprise proposal, wedding - Tucson News Now

Soldier pulls off surprise proposal, wedding

The happy couple's wedding reception lasted longer than their engagement (Source: Tucson News Now). The happy couple's wedding reception lasted longer than their engagement (Source: Tucson News Now).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It was the surprise of a lifetime.

Tucson News Now’s cameras were rolling Saturday night as a local U.S. Green Beret soldier got down on one knee, and then pulled off a wedding - taking his girlfriend from fiancé to wife in a matter of minutes.

“Will you marry me?,” Rusty Newton asked.

“Yeah, today though? Like today, right now today?” Ashley Lohmueller said.

“Yep, it’s all set up. News 13 we’re doing this!” Newton said.

During his 23 years in the military, Master Sergeant Rusty Newton has completed multiple tours around the world and taken part in covert missions.

But on Saturday, he pulled off the most strategic operation of his life - a surprise proposal and wedding within the same hour at a ranch in Tucson.

“I’m about to faint,” Lohmueller said.

Banner UMC Nurse Ashley Lohmueller knew she wanted to marry her boyfriend Rusty, but she thought she would be the one doing the planning. 

Minutes after Rusty popped the question, friends and family who flew into Tucson from all over the country got to watch them say “I do.”

“Shes’s beautiful, so I’m proud,” said Mike Murphy, the bride's father.

Kim McNeal was Newton's “insider,” and was in charge of the picking the venue and purchasing the ring.

He sent her the money while he was deployed to Saudi Arabia.

“It was terrifying. I was, it felt like I needed a security guard or something,” McNeal said.

“It’s awesome my son is truly a romantic,” said Carol Newton, the groom's mother.

As the sun set on the unforgettable evening, the couple exchanged vows.

“I, Ashley take you Rusty to be my husband,” Lohmueller said.

The couple sealed their promise to one another with a kiss.

Newton said he was thankful she didn’t have time to get cold feet.

“I’m glad she said yes. Pressure’s off whew!" he said.

The newlyweds say they are looking forward to making many more memories as husband and wife.

“It worked perfectly, surprise!”  Newton said.

The couple plans to hold receptions in both of their hometowns in Iowa and Georgia for family and friends who could not make the trip out to Arizona.

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