Adrianna Reschar is a 5-year-old who has a lot to celebrate. She’s just been proposed to, and couldn’t be happier about it!
On May 27th, Adrianna enjoyed a surprise breakfast at an Indiana Cracker Barrel with her mom Cassandra, along with her mom’s boyfriend Grant. Encouraged to dress up for the occasion, Adrianna made sure to wear her finest pink flower bow and nicest dress!
Breakfast led to another surprise — a leisurely walk in the Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. Cassandra had a feeling something special was about to happen (I mean, she was in heels after all!). But Adrianna had absolutely NO idea what they were both in store for. Upon crossing a whimsical-looking bridge in the middle of the forest, Grant got down on one knee and proposed to Adrianna’s mom.
But wait, there’s more!
After Cassandra said “yes,” Grant got down on one knee again — to propose to his future daughter!
Little Adrianna tells Babble that she is very happy that Grant asked if he could be her new dad. “I wanted to cry, but I was too happy to try and cry. He’s going to be the best daddy. And I can’t wait to have a daddy who loves me,” she says.
While Adrianna didn’t cry, her mom sure did! In a post for The Knot, Cassandra reveals how the adorable moment had her drying her eyes for a second time.
“He said, ‘Adrianna can I be your daddy, to promise to love and protect you for the rest of your life?’ As soon as he spoke those sweet words, I once again broke down in tears. Not the cute kind of tears either, the bawling type tears. My little heart could not take so much love!” she writes.
And Adrianna didn’t hesitate to answer Grant’s question! After thanking him for presenting her with a heart-shaped necklace, Cassandra shares that her daughter screamed with joy, ‘I FINALLY GET A DADDY, MOMMY, I FINALLY GET A DADDY!’”
Has your heart melted yet?!
Grant had asked Cassandra’s close friend Mandi Gilliland to capture the magical moments of the day. Even though she went in knowing both mother and daughter would be proposed to, seeing it happen live brought her to tears as well!
“I got to see one of my dearest friends and an innocent little girl finally get her dream come true of having a daddy and family,” she tells Babble. “As much as Cassandra was crying, I was crying too, as I got to witness and capture the most special moments of their lives.”
For Grant, the act of asking Adrianna to accept his proposal was equally as important as asking her mom. So, he knew whatever necklace he chose would need to be just right.
“I came up with the necklace idea as something that would hopefully be special to her for the rest of her life. I had gotten Cassandra a necklace for Valentine’s Day, and Adrianna had said she always wanted one,” he shares with Babble. “I wanted it to be a heart necklace as a representation that she now carries a piece of my heart with her forever.”
For Cassandra, the dual proposals were just the kind of heartwarming acts she’s used to from Grant. His devotion to Adrianna has been clear from the beginning, with the two happily enjoying many activities together in their spare time — like reading books, playing with dolls, and splashing around in the pool. “I couldn’t have dreamed of picking a better father for Adrianna,” Cassandra says. “His love for her is completely selfless. It’s genuine and pure.”
After seeing how challenging life as a single mom has been for Cassandra, Mandi is beyond thrilled to have witnessed Grant showing his love and commitment to both mom and daughter. And for Adrianna, that commitment is something she has been dreaming about for years.
“She has desperately wanted a daddy for many years, but she also would tell everyone that one day she would have one, and that it was going to be okay! It certainly was, because as soon as [Cassandra] met Grant, we all knew instantly that this one was going to be her ever after. He truly stepped up and has loved her daughter as if he had been doing it for her entire life,” Mandi tells Babble.
While the couple wants to keep part of Adrianna’s role in the wedding a secret, they have big plans for this cutie pie! “There will be a special gift presented to her at the wedding! Plus she and I will share a special ‘mother daughter dance’ that will turn into a family dance. As it has always been just us two, now we’re becoming three!” Cassandra shares with Babble.
Isn’t this story the sweetest thing ever?
We cannot wait to stay tuned for the next developments from this lovable trio, and sincere congratulations to both Adrianna and her mom on their two delightful engagements!