Australian independent filmmaker Glenn Triggs may have turned his lens on a variety of subjects, but he never made a video about his girlfriend, Bethia De Groot.
When he decided to propose, Triggs knew a video was the answer. For their five-year anniversary, Triggs filmed their family and friends passing an imaginary item -- he told them it was a necklace -- to one another. Then he turned the footage into a proposal video.
"Nobody actually knew it was meant to be an engagement ring," Triggs told HuffPost Weddings in an email. "It ended up being the perfect way to propose, because all of our family and friends were involved without them even knowing!"
Smiling parents, kids and even dogs are shown passing the item around while Triggs lip syncs to the song that inspired him to make the video: "The One I Love" by David Gray. He said Bethia had always liked that song.
"I was driving home one night listening to that song and all of a sudden this image of the video clip entered my mind and it seemed to flow really well so I started to produce it within a few weeks. "
After three weeks of filming family and friends, many of whom Triggs said made special trips to his Melbourne residence just for two minutes of shooting, he proposed at a bed and breakfast about an hour outside the city. He said most people reacted with "oooohs" and "ahhhs" when he told them he'd popped the question.
"One person said 'I knew it!'" Triggs said.
Watch the video above to see the proposal and De Groot's emotional reaction.
Click through the slideshow below to see other adorable proposals caught on camera.
The Movie Trailer
<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1388501/YouTube-Greatest-Marriage-Proposal-EVER---Matt-Still-surprises-Ginny-Joiner.html" target="_hplink">Matt Still</a> proposed to his girlfriend Ginny Joiner in this movie trailer--in front of an audience of more than 100 cinema-goers. Matt's elaborate proposal was <a href="http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/05/30/exp.nr.movie.trailer.proposal.cnn" target="_hplink">even covered on CNN</a>. The video, posted in May 2011, has been watched 19 million times to date.
Falling For The Right Girl
Brooke and Josh got engaged on a rooftop, but not before Josh tripped and plummeted four stories! This death-defying proposal was posted in July 2011. More than 5.6 million people have watched it.
A Childhood Dream
It's unclear whether this Disneyland "Fairy Tale" proposal is <a href="http://jezebel.com/5304650/disneyland-musical-marriage-proposal-magical--romantic-or-lamest-scam-ever" target="_hplink">genuine or just a PR stunt</a>. Regardless, nearly 4.2 million people have watched the video since it was posted in June 2009.
This guy proposed to his girlfriend, Claudette, with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/08/man-goes-all-out-in-madis_n_604543.html" target="_hplink">fully-choreographed flash mob</a> in the middle of New York's Madison Square Park. Apparently people love a choreographed public display of affection--3 million people have watched this video since it was posted in May of 2010.
An International Affair
Charles proposed to his girlfriend Ali on a trip to Spain in October 2009. To date, nearly 2.7 million people have shared in their happy moment.
Live TV Fail
This proposal didn't go quite as well as planned. The awkwardness begins at 1:20--try not to cringe. The unfortunate October 2008 video has been viewed 2.4 million times to date.
Reality TV Prank
This surprise proposal didn't start out very well--Nikki is convinced that her boyfriend Justin is cheating on her. Thankfully, the proposal was <a href="http://blog.weddzilla.com/topics/getting-engaged/get-mobbed-on-fox/" target="_hplink">part of the Fox reality TV show "Mobbed"</a>. More than 1.5 million people have watched this clip since it was posted in June 2011 (the show <a href="http://www.fox.com/mobbed/" target="_hplink">returns to Fox Nov. 23</a>).
'I Love You, I Really Do'
The bride-to-be isn't featured in this video from May 2008--but she <em>did</em> say yes. More than 1.1 million people have watched this proposal.
Ruined By A Reporter
In this video from January 2007, a Fox News reporter spoils Boise State footballer <a href="http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/16434314/" target="_hplink">Ian Johnson's surprise proposal</a> to his girlfriend. But not to worry, the head cheerleader does say yes. More than 1.1 million people have watched it happen.
Ouch. This guy got rejected at a baseball game. He really feels the sting at 0:16. Since August 2009, more than 1.1 million people have shared his pain.
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