We all know the story: Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Girl goes off on a backpacking trip to Europe with her sister and asks boy if he wants to come. He says he can’t but ends up surprising her there anyways. With flowers. And a gorgeous teardrop ring. Okay, so maybe this isn’t a normal love story. Scroll on to read just how this guy DIYed his romantic viral proposal.


1. Element of Surprise: According to the YouTube video description, “My girlfriend was traveling Europe with her sister for a month straight. (We’re from the USA.) She asked me to go and I honestly said I couldn’t take work off. A few days after I told her I couldn’t make it I thought what a crazy way to propose… surprise her in London.” While tricking your girlfriend might not always be the smartest move, it definitely worked out in this case.


2. Find a Gorgeous Backdrop: Look at that view! And the sky! He couldn’t have chosen a more romantic spot.


3. Hire a Stellar Photographer: The entire experience was caught on camera by a photographer that the soon-to-be groom found on Reddit. He was able to capture the shock and happiness so well.

For the full proposal, check out the video below. Just a warning: You’ll want to have tissue or two ready!

Tell us: What is your favorite proposal story? Let us know in the comments below!

(Photos via David E Damico)