Man proposes to girlfriend - and her five-year-old daughter

By Nombulelo Manyana
02 July 2017

"I knew proposing to Cassandra meant that I also would be committing to a lifetime of fatherhood."

A set of heartwarming photos captured the moment a man proposed to his girlfriend and her five-year-old daughter.

"He woke me up by telling me and my daughter to get dolled up because he was taking us out to breakfast," Cassandra Lynn tells Metro UK.

"This was a semi-normal occurrence for us as he is always trying to do cute little things on a whim."

So she and Adrianna got all dressed up and ready to go out with her boyfriend Grant Tribbett. He took them to Cracker Barrel, a restaurant, which Cassandra thought was odd.

"He was acting kind of funny so I immediately became nervous and was worried he would propose there. He didn’t and then we left. On our way home we stopped by a nature reserve and I definitely knew something was up!"

PHOTO: The Knot, How he asked. Photographer: Mandi Gilliland PHOTO: The Knot, How he asked. Photographer: Mandi Gilliland

A few kilometres into the preserve, Grant got down on bended knee, as their photographer friend, Mandi Gilliland, capture the moment.

Cassandra and Grant met through Facebook and started dating seven months ago. She said she had always struggled to find the time to go out on dates because she had full custody of her daughter.

"The past six-and-half months haven’t been a walk in the park but with all the life challenges that were brought our way we have only come out stronger and more in love with one another," Cassandra wrote on The Knot's How He Asked.

"I have gotten to witness an attractive, charming bachelor become a positive, loving and utterly the most selfless father to my little girl."

But it wasn’t just Grant and Cassandra’s moment -- after Cassandra said ‘Yes’, Grant moved on to little Adrianna. He pulled out a small jewellery box and asked her, "Adrianna, can I be your daddy, to promise to love and protect you forever?"

PHOTO: The Knot, How he asked. Photographer: Mandi Gilliland PHOTO: The Knot, How he asked. Photographer: Mandi Gilliland

"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 wrote.

Ecstatic Adrianna simply replied with a, “Thank you!”

Screaming with joy she said, “I finally get a daddy, mommy. I finally get a daddy!”

Grant described his proposal as being a very "emotional moment' for the entire family.

"I knew proposing to Cassandra meant that I also would be committing to a lifetime of fatherhood," he said.

PHOTO: The Knot, How he asked. Photographer: Mandi Gilliland PHOTO: The Knot, How he asked. Photographer: Mandi Gilliland

"So I wanted to include Adrianna because the two are truly a package deal and I wanted to make it special for her. It was a very emotional moment for all of us."

Sources: ABC. Metro UK. Daily Mail.

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