How Shane Burcaw of Squirmy and Grubs Asked Hannah Aylward to Marry Him
What's next for the interabled couple who document their relationship online?
Shane Burcaw popped the question to Hannah Aylward in June, a few years after they first met online. Burcaw, who has spinal muscular atrophy and can't walk or use his arms, and Aylward, an able-bodied swimmer, candidly share details of their lives together in Minnesota on their YouTube channel, Squirmy and Grubs, which has over 400,000 subscribers.
While Burcaw isn't afraid to be vulnerable online in front of thousands, asking Aylward's parents for permission to marry her was a totally different experience, he told The Breakdown, a weekly digital show from InsideEdition.com.
"I was pretty nervous when I had the conversation with Hannah's parents about asking her to marry me," Burcaw said.
Thankfully, they were incredibly supportive.
"I sat them down and I was like, 'Hey, I just want to make you aware of my intentions and ask for your permission.' And her mom began to cry," he recalled.
"It was so adorable, and she got up and gave me a big hug, and her dad was very happy as well," Burcaw continued. "So having that kind of support, it means so much to me."
And when it came time to ask Aylward for her hand, Burcaw tried hard to keep it a surprise, even going so far as to pretend to be ill to get Aylward alone.
"We were at a family dinner party type thing after I graduated from college, and Shane pulled me aside and told me that he felt nauseous and thought he might throw up," she said. "So he took me, he was trying to get me away from the party, took me into our bedroom.
"... And then he said some nice things, and the ring was hiding behind his back, so he had me pull that out," she added. "It was very cute. "
The couple isn't in any rush to tie the knot, though. Aylward said it will probably be a year or two before they actually get married. But when they do, it will likely be in Minnesota, where they live.
And all the while, they plan to continue documenting their love online.
"We try to show the world that our relationship, while it might look a little different on the surface, really isn't that different at all," said Burcaw.
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