MEDINA — Hairstylist Dee Horton thought she’d be giving a television crew a how-to on hair care Thursday and a commercial for a heating company that features her boyfriend, David Jones, would air at the same time.
Jones bought airtime on Fox 8 to propose to her, and the crew was at Horton’s workplace, Salon Rootz in Medina Township, to film her reaction for a news segment.
When the commercial started, there were no signs of any HVAC. It was just Jones facing the camera with a heartfelt message for his girlfriend.
“Dee, a lot of people say we’re living on love like it’s a bad thing,” he told her. “But you know what? We’ve made it through cancer, exes and everything else the world has thrown at us.”
Once the commercial started, Horton said she figured out pretty quickly what Jones was plot-ting.
“My stomach sank… . I started blushing. Tears came to my eyes and it hit me what he was doing. And all I wanted was to be in his arms,” she said Friday.
In the commercial, Jones, 41, posed the question, “Do you think that love is enough?”
The commercial then cut to shots of Dee’s sister, her babysitters, her co-workers, David’s daughter and others. They all had the same reply — “I do.”
The commercial ended with Jones popping the big question: “So, Dee, will you marry me?”
He had been waiting outside the salon while the spot aired. When it ended, he burst in and embraced Horton. The bride-to-be was quick to accept his proposal.
“It was incredible. We were both just shaking and crying,” she said.
Horton and Jones, Medina residents. met a couple years ago. Jones, who works in video production, was working on a makeover reality show and recruited Horton star in it. Soon afterward, Horton, 33, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
The two were only close friends at the time, but Horton said Jones was at all her doctor appointments and camped out in hospital waiting rooms during her surgeries.
“He never once left my side,” she said. “Not a lot of guys will stick around for all that, but he did.”
She said it didn’t take long for them to be closer than friends and Jones said that only made sense.
“We always have some kind of connection. Even on the silly things — coming home at the end of the day and suggesting something for dinner and the other person’s thinking the same thing,” he said.
“When Dee and I got close, I had no other choice but to accept the fact that I’m going to spend the rest of my life with this woman,” he later said.
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