A sauce-y proposal
Williams said she was anticipating a marriage proposal from her longtime beau after he learned that he had been accepted into medical school.
As Christmas rolled around in 2017, she prepared for their annual holiday dinner date in Oklahoma City with extra special care. They left Stillwater headed to Hefner Grill, one of their favorite restaurants, and she was excited.
“Basically, I’m just waiting with complete anticipation,” Williams said. “I was thinking maybe this is it.”
Dinner came and went without a proposal so Williams said she was sulking all the way back to school but trying not to show it.
To her surprise, Hart pulled off the highway to a fast food Mexican restaurant and proceeded to order tacos. When he asked her to get the taco sauce out of the bag for him, she was nonplussed.
An engagement ring was wrapped around the taco sauce that she pulled out of the fast food bag.
“My response was did you just propose to me in the Taco Bell drive-thru?” Williams said, laughing.
After she said “yes,” Hart took her back to her sorority house where their family and friends were gathered to help them celebrate the occasion with strawberries and Champagne. Hart said he got his proposal idea from the father of one of his good friends. He said Williams’ sorority sisters tried to talk him out of doing it that way, but he decided it definitely would be a surprising way to propose to his love. “She was definitely surprised,” Hart said. Fortenberry, Williams’ mom, described Hart as a “gentleman.” She said he had invited them to dinner and had asked her and her husband, Alan Fortenberry, for their daughter’s hand in marriage.
She said she was touched with his answer when she asked him if he thought getting married right after college was too soon.
“He replied he was ready to marry her and that he can never have enough time with Jordan. That touched my heart, and of course, I had tears flowing with joy that our daughter was loved so much,” Fortenberry said.
“They are a perfect fit for each other, and we look forward watching them grow as husband and wife.”
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Matthew Hart and Jordan Williams are shown in a family photo.