When CNBC retail correspondent Courtney Reagan was called back to her office on Nov. 1 (the Friday before she was about to run the New York Marathon, her first ever), she naturally wasn't thrilled. She had been training for months, and she was hoping to get out early to relax and prepare for the 26-mile race.
But, alas, her boss said she was needed, stat. So she diligently did what any national news correspondent would do, and came back in. She was told they'd be doing a segment on holiday shopping for "Nightly Business Report" with anchor Tyler Mathisen.
Producers had been planning the surprise for a month ahead of time. Mathisen was in on everything from the start. And so he focused the report on jewelry. In a pure coincidence, it was Reagan who suggested they focus on engagement rings. "What about the mid-level jewelers," he asked. "The ones like Jared — Jared is the one I'm thinking about. Do they have any deals going on?"
Aside from being a jewelry chain, "Jared" also happens to be the name of Courtney's now fiancé — Goldman Sachs investment banker Jared Baker, who was waiting just off stage. The couple has been together for seven years, having met through his sister. He was supposed to come in to run the marathon on Sunday too, but had surprised her by flying in early.
"Jared?" Courtney exclaimed as he walked onto the set. "Oh my gosh!"
The rest is one of the sweetest television moments we've seen in quite some time.
Although the proposal took place nearly two weeks ago, CNBC finally put it online on Wednesday, after other outlets spotted the engagement on the satellite feed and begged the network to release it.
As for Courtney's marathon time, she ran an impressive 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds, averaging 11-minute, 30-second miles.
"Omg! Insider" spoke with Courtney on Thursday and she called the weekend "the best four days of my life." She added that the secret to their long relationship is that they're best friends. The happy couple has not yet set a date.
We decided to break down the proposal in GIFs. Here's our play-by-play.
Tyler's good … Real good! His poker face doesn't reveal a clue to Courtney.
The wind-up: Jared is confident as he struts on stage.
The approach: at this point we're not even 100 percent sure that Courtney realizes her fiancé was there on set; THAT'S how good she is, engrossed in her report.
Jared?! (is that you?!) — yes, girl, it is … now get ready for the moment of your life!
Cue the waterworks!!!!! Good thing Tyler had tissue on hand.
Jared's down on one knee — get ready Court, things is about to get real!
Yes! Yes! Yes! I will!
If you like it then you better put a ring on it! (Somewhere, holding Blue Ivy, Beyoncé wipes away a single tear.)
The kiss! Now that's how you seal the deal.
Congrats, you two!