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11 Real Proposal Stories That Are Making Us Cry ALL The Tears

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    News flash: The perfect marriage proposal is about more than just putting a ring on it. It should be a thoughtful, memorable, and romantic opportunity to showcase your love and celebrate your relationship. If your partner hates big, showy surprises, maybe don't plan a flash-mob proposal. If he or she loves grand, elaborate gestures, then by all means, go for it.

    Ahead, 11 couples share the true stories of their engagements in their own words — from a highly coordinated scavenger hunt that ended with a ring to an oh-so-romantic underwater proposal. Whether you're single, married, or somewhere in-between, these stories are sure to melt your heart.

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    Ariel Moses & Marshall Weinstein
    “I’d been dating my now-husband for four years when he surprised me with an engagement that, honestly, nothing could have prepared me for. Marshall is a well-connected DJ and music manager. One of his clients is STK restaurants. I thought we were meeting his parents for dinner; he showed up late and left me in the booth to go check our coats.

    "Turns out, he had coordinated a surprise a cappella proposal at STK Midtown, where singers, posing as waitstaff, started to belt out a medley of my favorite songs [and] our songs together to me in a packed restaurant. (I’m a true musical-theater and Glee enthusiast.) This happened right before they led me to Marshall on bended knee.

    "Once he proposed, 70 of our closest friends and family burst from a back room where they’d been watching through tinted glass. I was in such shock — it was unbelievable. I even told the singers they were at the wrong table at first, because I had no idea what was going on! It apparently took months of planning, finding, and hiring the right a cappella group, figuring out the medley of songs, timing everything, hiring dancers, getting everyone to fly in, and, most importantly — getting everyone we knew to keep a secret from me the entire time.”