When 20-year-old Brittany Hillard removed her blindfold to see boyfriend Cameron Humfleet get down on one knee and propose, she was swept off her feet.
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“I just never thought I would need someone behind her to catch her,’’ Humfleet joked to TODAY.com.
A YouTube video shot in early September by Humfleet’s best friend shows Hillard passing out — and landing hard on a wood floor after Humfleet’s proposal. The clip has now gone viral. Humfleet, 24, tried asking again 15 minutes later as Hillard was propped up by friends who had gathered at Levi Jackson State Park for a combination surprise birthday/engagement party for the couple from London, KY. This time he received a clear "yes."
Humfleet edited the 2 ½ -minute video, in which he leads a blindfolded Hillard in front of two rows of picnic tables before he addresses family and friends and then makes the proposal.
“When I first saw the video, I was a little embarrassed,’’ Hillard told TODAY.com. “I wasn’t expecting that to happen. If I could have prevented that from happening, I would have. I was pretty much still in shock from the initial reaction of everyone being there, and when I took the blindfold off, I don’t remember much after that.Story: Couple invite protesters to occupy their wedding pics
“Luckily I didn’t hit my head, and I took the fall to my elbow and my bottom.’’
Hillard said she actually fainted a second time, but that didn’t make it online.
“I was like, ‘Did he just ask me to marry him?’’ Hillard said. “My friends were saying I had to give him an answer, and I passed out again. Cameron edited that out of the video.’’Story: He turned ex’s wedding dress into book success
At first, Humfleet was the one more worried about passing out. He had arranged the surprise birthday party himself, and only his father and best friend Jeff Warner, who filmed the video, knew he was going to propose. Humfleet tried to reach up and grab her when he saw he was fainting backwards, but it was too late.
“I was just trying to keep my composure so I could give the speech that you see at the beginning of the video, but I was thinking I better hurry up and get down on one knee before I start choking up and making a big mess,’’ Humfleet said. “It was mind-blowing that she passed out like that. I didn’t know if it was a good thing or not. There was no doubt in my mind that she was going to say yes, but I was more worried about her safety than an answer at that point.’’Story: After loss and turmoil, Cate Edwards says, ‘I do’
Both of them uploaded the video to their YouTube accounts figuring they would just share a laugh with some friends over it. They never expected it would become a sensation.
“I do a lot of movie production stuff on my own time with my computer, but none of my videos have ever gotten that big,’’ Humfleet said. “I didn't believe in the whole YouTube thing making people famous. We’re pretty starstruck. When we woke up this morning to find out it’s on the TODAY Show, that was pretty wild.’’Story: Rich Spanish duchess weds for third time at age 85
The couple will wed in 2015, so that Hillard can finish school at Somerset Community College. To tide them over, they'll always have a memento of the day that Humfleet bowled Hillard over by popping the question.
“It was definitely the happiest day of my life so far,’’ Hillard said. “We plan on keeping that video to show our kids and maybe their kids.’’
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