Raise ’em up.
That’s what 30-year-old Jacob Cepeda did with a sign reading “Keith Help Me Propose” at the sold-out Keith Urban show at Sasktel Centre Saturday night.
It worked, as Urban brought him and Ashley Iftody, his girlfriend of eight years, on stage so he could pop the question.
“It was such a blur,” Iftody said. “I wish we would have got a selfie with him as a memory.”
The 31-year-old has been an Urban super fan for years and goes to see every concert she can in Western Canada.
“She told me it would be a great way to propose, so I did it,” Cepeda said.
It wasn’t easy, as he got turned down by the fan club because of the volume of requests they get for those sort of things.
That’s when Cepeda and his cousin Chanda Newton hatched the plan to bring the sign.
“(Iftody) really didn’t know about anything until it happened,” he said.
However, Cepeda didn’t think it was a one in a million chance.
“Ashley has been in love with (Urban) for so long that I kind of figured the vibes would get out there,” he said.
“In my heart I kind of expected it.”
The proposal wasn’t Iftody’s first chance to meet Urban. She was supposed to attend a meet-and-greet in Kelowna B.C. on Sept. 11, but she couldn’t go because her Dad has terminal cancer.
“I couldn’t go because I’m taking care of him right now,” she said. “This was so much happiness that I needed at this present time, it keeps me going.”
The Edmonton couple had to see Urban in Saskatoon because the first-ever concert at their hometown Rogers Place sold out so quickly.
“I don’t think it would happen in Edmonton, it’s so big,” Iftody said.
Saskatoon seemed to have been a good choice, as the couple was treated like country stars in the Bridge City.
“People were coming up to hug us and offer their congratulations,” Iftody said.
“Even on the shuttle bus when we left people yelled ‘it’s them!'”
The couple plans to have their wedding in the Bahamas in a year or two. And of course, Urban is invited.
“We really hope he’ll come for it,” the couple said.