After the opening prayer and pledge of allegiance, Benjamin Cummings proposed marriage, via a resolution, to Kaylynn Newhall, who interns for Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan.
Yes, yes! was her response - after recovering from the complete surprise of it all.
"He got himself put on the Senate calendar and wrote the resolution," Newhall said in a noon interview. "I just love him - he's so creative."
Hillyard had been in on the secret and confessed he thought she might hit him at first, or cry. The event has been posted on YouTube.
At noon, also in Senate chambers, Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem, performed a wedding ceremony for James Petersen and Chanta Quiterio, constituents of Sen. Mike Dmitrich, with Dmitrich and Sen. Gene Davis as witnesses.
"I never imagined a Senate wedding," said Quiterio. "We just kind of winged it."
The beaming couple left the Capitol to enjoy a nice lunch downtown and then return home to their combined family of four children.