When halftime rolled around during Sunday’s Super Bowl, Abbi Landis got up to do some cooking. She had a house full of friends and family, and was surprised when everyone assured her they were stuffed and she should sit back down.
The party guests knew what she didn’t: that her live-in boyfriend Marc Sanchez was going to propose to her as part of a Jewelry Design Center commercial airing during the halftime show.
“I was so surprised. It’s very out of character for him,” Landis said Monday morning. “I keep thinking, ‘Is this real? Are we really going to do this?’ ”
Sanchez and Landis have been together for 13 years and have two daughters, 12-year-old Baylee and 2-year-old Kynslee.
Sanchez said he had been watching TV with Baylee when a commercial offering the chance of an on-air proposal came on. The Super Bowl proposal contest is sponsored by Fox KAYU-TV and Spokane’s Jewelry Design Center, and includes the engagement ring.
“I asked Baylee if I should do it and she was all on board,” Sanchez said.
Landis was very surprised the 12-year-old could keep a secret that big.
“She’s usually not very good at keeping secrets,” Landis said, “but she didn’t say a word. I had no clue.”
Sanchez said, “Brian Toone at Jewelry Design Center deserves a huge thank you.”
Toone, who owns the family business, said it was fun but also a little difficult to do the TV spot with Sanchez.
“I had to say my lines and he had to propose, all in one shot,” Toone said. “We were both a little nervous. But it was great.”
Jewelry Design Center did a similar promotion in the Tri-Cities this year.
Toone had nothing to do with the selection of Landis and Sanchez. But, “I did see the letter he wrote. It was very heartfelt,” Toone said. “They have a great story.”
Landis and Sanchez met through mutual friends in Coeur d’Alene, where they still live. He works for Central Pre-Mix and she’s city clerk at Hayden City Hall.
They both like football, but Sanchez is a diehard Chargers fan and Landis is a Steelers fan. On Sunday, he cheered for New England and she rooted for Atlanta.
“I was happy to see the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history on our big day,” Sanchez said.
After all this time together, their families are excited to see them marry.
But the couple want to take time to plan everything just right.
“We are shooting for the summer of 2018,” Landis said, pausing for a bit. “You know, he is pretty wonderful to do this.”