Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz went from the Super Bowl in Minneapolis to a castle in Kentucky this week so that he could propose.
The prolific athlete—who was injured when the team won its first-ever Super Bowl championship on Sunday, February 4—popped the question to girlfriend of three months, Madison Oberg, down South. “She said YES!” he wrote on Instagram. “And now Maddie and I both got us a ring.”
Accompanying photos from the magical moment show the pair on the roof of a castle, while surrounded by twinkly lights at dusk. The venue was subsequently revealed as the Kentucky Castle, previously known as Martin Castle, in Versailles, Kentucky. The rustic location also doubles as a popular wedding destination for couples, and includes a boutique hotel in addition to a farm-to-table restaurant.
“We get multiple proposals per week and they usually let us know beforehand so that we can help facilitate, but we also just see it spontaneously happening,” Matthew Dawson, owner of Kentucky Castle, tells The Knot. “It’s always very exciting, whether it’s a famous person or someone we’ve never met.”
Wedding day amenities include a full-service bar, on-site catering, service staff, transportation inclusion, and rentals and equipment.
Along with events, the hotel concierge offers fun entertainment in addition to stays like a murder mystery dinner package, and a bourbon education class hosted by the castle’s “Bourbon Steward-in-residence.”
Dawson says the interest has been high since Wentz popped the question. “It’s been really intense,” he says. “To be honest, we have a hard time keeping up with all the wedding requests already. We just don’t have enough space to accommodate all the people that want to have a fairy tale wedding here at the castle.” However, for couples interested in securing the venue, he encourages emailing the events team in case there are specific openings.
“I think most people are surprised when they arrive and walk inside the castle and discover that it’s truly a castle right here in Kentucky,” Dawson notes. “The feeling of awe and romance are palpable and it’s not hard to create a special moment when you’re in such a special setting. Engagements can be completely private or as public as you want. Many people just get down on one knee outside in our gardens with the castle in the background or at the foot of our grand staircase. Others contact us ahead of time and reserve a private room and dining experience to set the mood. We also have a proposal package and elopement package that makes it that much easier if you’re not into doing a lot of planning yourself.”
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