When it comes to marriage proposals, creating a moment that feels right for the couple is the most important aspect. Whether it’s literally going big on the Jumbotron at a baseball game, or figuratively going big with the giant diamond ring, every marriage proposal is different. For one woman in California, her marriage proposal combined her love of teaching with her love of her fiancé. Prepare to feel all the feels.
Melanie Goldsmith is a preschool teacher in Northbridge, California. During a staff meeting, her coworkers asked her to read a new children’s book that was being added to the curriculum. What Melanie didn’t know was that the book was written by her boyfriend Eric Hernandez, who had spent months creating an illustrated children’s book that told the story of their relationship.
Melanie was only one page into the book when she quickly realized that the story was about her and Eric. As she broke into tears, another teacher took over reading duty, with Eric surprising Melanie at exactly the right time to read the final pages.
Speaking with Inside Edition, Eric said “She did catch on a little earlier than expected. As soon as she saw the first page, she started putting together what was going on.”
Eric shared the story about the proposal on the couple’s wedding website, writing “When the book was ready, I coordinated with the other teachers of the preschool Melanie works at, and they helped to have her read the book as part of an “exercise” during a teacher meeting. Without her knowing, I was in the other room waiting for the right moment of the story to enter and take over reading the story. Of course the story ultimately ended with me asking if she would marry me, and most fortunately she said yes.” This is a proposal story that definitely deserves an A+.
The couple initially met on the dating website eHarmony and plan on getting married on July 2 in California. Since the first year of marriage is traditionally celebrated with paper, we think an illustrated book about their wedding day would make a great anniversary gift.