Miss America 2009 Katie Stam got engaged to Brian Irk on Friday night, the night before she turned over her crown. Irk proposed in front of 600 people at a fundraising gala.
“I started hyperventilating because I was so excited,” Stam said of the surprise proposal. “He dropped down on one knee and he said ‘I love you so much. Will you be my Miss America forever?'”
The next day Stam woke up and thought she might be dreaming when she saw her emerald-cut engagement ring.
“This morning, I pulled my hand up from underneath the covers and stared at my ring for a little bit.”
The couple are planning a fall wedding in their hometown of Indianapolis.