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San Diego Couple Gets Engaged on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

A Navy technician pops the question to his girlfriend of four years on national television

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    A San Diego Navy tech got down on one knee as millions of viewers looked on during "The Ellen Degeneres Show." NBC 7's Vanessa Herrera reports. (Published Friday, Dec. 19, 2014)

    A San Diego couple has a wedding proposal they'll always remember after a Navy technician popped the question to his unsuspecting girlfriend during Friday's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

    "I had an idea this was coming, but I had no idea when or how," the lucky bride-to-be Andrea Nguyen told NBC 7. "By far that exceeded my expectations."

    Nguyen may have not known when, but her now-fiance Josh Swain knew it had to happen soon. Come Jan. 24, he will be stationed in Hawaii and then deploy from there.

    "I was looking for an idea, I really didn't know what I was going to do," Swain said.

    The opportunity came Monday after Nguyen called him excitedly about a chance encounter she had at the UTC mall. A producer for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" approached her with a chance to win tickets to Ellen's "12 Days of Giveaways." Nguyen was on her way to the show after winning a game on the spot.

    With only four days to set up the proposal, Swain quickly called the show's producers. By Tuesday night, he was given the green light.

    The couple attended the show taping Thursday, and while Nyugen was ecstatic for the chance to meet and hug Ellen, the moment was about to get even better.

    The talk show host called the couple up during the show, Swain got on one knee and asked the big question. His girlfriend of four years said yes.

    "It still hasnt hit me," Nguyen told NBC 7.

    "Words can't describe, we've been really blessed," Swain added."This year, I really didn't know what was going to happen with my orders, but things just started aligning."

    The couple now plans to wed Jan. 2, just weeks before Swain is set to leave to Hawaii. They're planning on something small and local.

    Ellen DeGeneres is definitely invited to the wedding, they added.