We do love a proposal that’s not just romantic, but also super sneaky.
So we applaud Gemma Stanley, 27, who managed to get her girlfriend Karen Ives, 26, to literally put together her own proposal without having a clue.
Gemma gave Karen – who happens to absolutely love puzzles – a jigsaw puzzle to complete after dinner.
Unbeknownst to Karen, that puzzle formed a photo of Gemma with a ring, along with the text ‘will you marry me?’.
After secretly watching Karen complete the 100-piece puzzle, Gemma got down on one knee with a ring in her hand.
Karen said yes – and the adorable moment was captured on camera.
Gemma, a childcare worker from Nottingham, said: ‘I’m just so happy.
‘I wanted to get her a 1,000 piece one but I knew I wanted to record it and I had to hide the box.
‘I was so nervous and sweating like hell so when she said yes it was the best feeling.’
Childcare worker Karen added: ‘I had no idea it was coming. I thought it would be a few years down the line.
‘At first I thought why is she recording me. I was a bit confused.
‘I started around the outside first. It was about 5-10 minutes into it that I clocked what was happening.
‘I just went with it and finished it before I said yes.’
Gemma ordered the 100-piece personalised Ravensburger jigsaw from Photobox at the start of the year and planned to propose after her birthday in February.
Gemma said: ‘Everything just fell into place.
‘I knew I wanted to do it at the weekend but it was during the week that I thought, ‘Right, I’m going to do it now’.
‘I told her to go upstairs and run a bath and I’d get dinner on.
‘I think we had spaghetti bolognaise. I can’t even remember the dinner because I was so nervous and was sweating.
‘She usually comes home from work and spends half an hour to an hour on puzzles so I gave her the puzzle pieces when she sat down.
‘When I was getting down on one knee the song Because You Loved Me came on. Now we’re thinking it might be our first dance song.’
Following the proposal at the beginning of March, the pair have spent their time in lockdown planning their wedding and plan to have the big day in September 2022.
Gemma added: ‘We’ve found ourselves with a bit of time on our hands so we’ve done all the planning without having phoned up venues.
‘But we just can’t wait.’
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