"Don't know who @mikeduerksen is, but he's live-tweeting his marriage proposal & I'm not leaving the couch until she says yes. #mikeproposes," wrote Twitter user @stephaniepelley.
Around 8:30 p.m. Friday night, the moment had finally arrived for Duerksen, Freed, and hundreds of Twitter followers. Duerksen built a bonfire for the two to sit around together, recreating their first date, and wrote one last tweet, announcing that it was time to pop the question.
Sixteen minutes later, after Freed was let in on the joke and urged him to not keep his followers waiting any longer, Duerksen returned to Twitter with good news: "Folks, she said yes! #MikeProposes."
Duerksen received congratulatory messages-- and offers for wedding photography and other services --from all corners of the world.
The couple plans to marry in October.