Local couple gets engaged onstage at Saturn in Birmingham

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Griffith Hibbard-Curto, 29, proposes to Hannah Murphy, 30, on stage at Saturn Birmingham on Sunday. (Courtesy of Hannah Murphy)

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A little over three years ago, Hannah Murphy went on her first date with Griffith Hibbard-Curto to see the band Japanese Breakfast at Saturn. On Sunday night, in front of a sold-out audience at the same venue, Griff popped the question, and Hannah screamed “Yes.”

When Murphy and Hibbard-Curto went on their first date to see the indie rock band a few years back, Murphy had never even heard of Japanese Breakfast.

“He told me a little bit about the band, and I really enjoyed it,” Murphy said.

Since that first date, the band’s popularity has increased by leaps and bounds. The band performed on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Their latest album, “Jubilee,” charted on the Billboard Top 200. Its singer, Michelle Zauner, just released a book that debuted at number two on The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.

So when Hibbard-Curto, a political consultant, invited Murphy, a sales specialist, to Sunday’s sold-out show at Saturn, she was already excited. She didn’t, though, expect what would come next.

“I had no idea that it was going to happen,” Murphy said. “Griff had told me that a proposal wasn’t going to happen for a while. We’d been talking about engagement, and he had just said it would happen later on. I also knew that the band was just so much bigger than the first time we saw them. So I thought it would be amazing, but at the same time, I thought this band is so big, I don’t know if he could pull something like that off. Then she said our names, I thought ‘well either he’s proposing or I really should’ve done some vocal warm-ups, because we’re about to sing a nice little duet.'”

A duet wasn’t in the cards, but a proposal was.

“A little over three years ago, Hannah and I had our very first Tinder date right here at Saturn at Japanese Breakfast,” Hibbard-Curto said on stage, “and I knew ever since then that you are incredibly special. And right over there,” he said, pointing, “we had our very first kiss, which was the beginning of a really incredible love story. You are the most compassionate, considerate, hilarious, and beautiful person I know inside and out, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I feel like I couldn’t love you more, but I know I will tomorrow.”

Hibbard-Curto got on one knee: “Hannah Elizabeth Murphy, will you marry me?”

Murphy screamed “yes.”

“I was totally shocked,” she said about the proposal. “I just told myself that I needed to stay calm and be present because it was going to be a moment I remembered forever.”

Murphy said the love they felt after the proposal from those in attendance was something only possible here in the Magic City.

“We made so many friends that night,” she said. “It was really special. I don’t know if we would’ve gotten such a warm reception anywhere but Birmingham. It was really sweet.”

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