He spent more than five months planning the proposal and the wedding, which was all to take place in less than two hours. He also was able to keep it all a surprise for his now-wife, ABC News reported.
Carfagna actually planted the idea in his mind.
“Nicole kept on saying how she wanted to have people over for an engagement party and then surprise them with a wedding so I knew she was OK with a wedding in the backyard,” Rios said.
Rios did have help. Carfagna’s mother helped picked out the dress. They bought two, so they knew one would fit. Rios got the rings -- both the engagement ring and wedding bands -- and kept everything in a safe.
Then, the couple traveled right before the big day. His parents came to the house and got everything set up.
On Dec. 8, Carfagna thought she was walking in on a surprise birthday party when they returned home from their trip to Disney, but then Rios dropped to a knee and asked her to marry him in front of their friends and family, ABC News reported.
They then retreated inside for Rios to spring the final surprise on his bride-to-be.
“Danny said, ‘You know how much I love you and if you want we can do this tonight. All of our closest friends and family are here,’” Carfagna told ABC News. “He told me to turn around and a dress and tux were hanging there.”
Carfagna blogged about the big night. Click here to read about all of the ways Rios kept her guessing and how she was none-the-wiser thanks to all of his misdirection.