An elaborate marriage proposal in which a man edited himself and his high school sweetheart into a movie has gone viral.
Boston filmmaker Lee Loechler altered scenes from the film “Sleeping Beauty” to surprise his girlfriend, Sthuthi David, at a screening in Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Loechler reportedly spent six months altering a scene in which Prince Phillip wakes Princess Aurora with a kiss. With the help of Australian illustrator Kayla Coombs, Loechler altered the characters to look like him and his fiancée in the iconic scene.
On the day of his proposal, December 30, he filled the theater with friends, family and even strangers he found on Reddit
in order to keep his surprise a secret.
Towards the end of the film, “Prince” Lee presented “Princess” Sthuthi with a ring. The animated version of Loechler then appeared to toss a ring box to the real Loechler in the audience.
Although David was already suspecting that something was different when she saw the altered characters, it wasn’t until her boyfriend made the proposal that she realized it was actually for her.
“It’s not every day you get to propose to your high school sweetheart,” Loechler said, on one knee one in front of David.
“I love you with my whole heart, including all of its ventricles, atriums, valves,” he continued.
“She’s a cardiologist,” he explained to the audience.
When Loechler finally popped his fairytale-themed question, “Will you live happily ever after with me?” David answered, “Yes.”
Loechler’s proposal video, which showed the crowd cheering as the couple kissed, has been viewed nearly 2 million times on YouTube
as of this writing.