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We dare you to find anything more romantic than this ‘Notebook’-themed proposal

If she's a bird, he's a bird.


Greg Seals


Posted on Jan 7, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 7:57 pm CDT

In the age of the Internet, proposals have become more than just an intimate expression of love, they’ve become a game of viral one-upsmanship. From lipdubs to flashmobs, fiancés have proved time and time again that they will stop at nothing to make sure their question-popping moment is more original than the last. But no matter how much thought you put into your Lego Star Wars proposal, there’s just no way to top what you’re about to see.

That’s because Angelo Piccini pulled one right out of the ol’ Nicholas Sparks playbook and recreated an iconic scene from The Notebook to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage. 

After renting out a lake in London’s Alexandra Palace, he had row boats deliver flowers, cocktails, and even a serenade to his beautiful girlfriend, Chiara Grimaldi, before pulling out the final touch. While she was distracted by her romantic serenade, Piccini has the lake flooded with hundreds of paper swans just like the iconic movie moment.

Soon after, family and friends emerged from hiding to help pop the question with signs he had prepared. Of course the answer was a resounding “Yes!”

If that hasn’t got you ugly crying by now, we excerpted Piccini’s speech to melt your heart just a little more. 

I’ve tried to recreate a dream for you. When we are together, everything is possible. Together everything is doable. I did this because when I met you one year ago, more or less, my life changed. Everything became more beautiful and after so much time, I fell overwhelmingly in love.

Sorry fellas, between a Notebook-themed proposal and a man pouring his heart out in Italian, you just don’t stand a chance. 

H/T Us Weekly | Screengrab via TheOneRomance/YouTube

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*First Published: Jan 7, 2015, 7:55 pm CST