"I was so shocked."
"Her face just lit up," Jimmy said.
Tonya said yes.
Afterwards, Jimmy said the guy seated next to him started shouting to Adams, "Hey, Bryan, did you see what just happened?"
Adams told him, "Yes, I saw it. Don't get your knickers in a knot. I'm going to address it."
And so, the singer took the microphone and went to the happy couple. He asked them their names and then dedicated the next song, "Flying," to them.
"That's my new favorite song," Tonya said.
She and Jimmy were married the following April.
The couple said that was a magical night that neither of them would ever forget. Jimmy said he owed a lot of thanks to the Clay Center, who he'd contacted in advance about his plans.
Katrina Harmon, the Clay Center's Marketing and Communications Director, said she couldn't take a lot of credit.
"I forwarded a couple of emails to management, but I'm not certain that those correspondences really went anywhere. I think the shout out from stage was pretty spontaneous."
Harmon added, "But unique stories like this one are what makes the Clay Center so special. We are honored that the Clay Center was part of Jimmy and Tonya's special night!"
Still, what happened was special even for a Bryan Adams show. Jimmy said he and his wife saw Adams again in 2012 in Cincinnati. Somebody else popped the question.
"They did it in the aisle of the theater," he said. "And nobody said anything. Nobody even noticed.
"I guess it helps to be on the front row."
The couple's tickets to Thursday's show aren't quite as nice as what they had in 2010.
"We're second row and to the side a little bit," he said. "The show is kind of a late birthday present to my wife."
He hoped Adams would play "Flying" again. It's their favorite.Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.