Happily ever after is on the horizon for one newly engaged couple who had a magical proposal.
Lee Loechler, a Boston-based filmmaker, took his longtime girlfriend and high school sweetheart to see a screening of her favorite Disney movie, but the end of the 1959 classic had a very different kind of happy ending.
"For the past six months, I've been working with an illustrator to animate my girlfriend and myself into her favorite movie, 'Sleeping Beauty,'" he wrote on YouTube along with the video of the proposal. "On 12/30/19 I popped the question in a theater filled with our friends and family."
The scene from the film depicts Loechler as the prince as he leans in for the true love kiss that awakens the sleeping princess, who was animated to look like Sthuthi.
The soon-to-be groom had a camera facing them in the audience to record the moment and captured her reaction as his animated self opened a jewelry box with an engagement ring.
He animated the clip to "toss" the box to his real-life self. Loechler then caught the box via some real-life magic and turned to ask the big question in person. But first, he revealed that the audience was filled with her family and loved ones anxiously awaiting the moment.
"I love you with my whole heart. Including all of its ventricals, atriums, valves... she's a cardiologist," he said as she laughed and held back tears. "Sthuthi David, MD, will you live happily ever after with me?"
As she said yes, the movie resumed and finished with the song "Once Upon A Dream."
Loechler shared the news on Instagram, writing, "The only thing better than seeing the smartest person I know completely dumbfounded was knowing we’d get to live happily ever after together."