One North Carolina man's storybook marriage proposal has a very happy ending.
Redditor Paul Phillips popped the question to his girlfriend on Saturday using a children's book he wrote about their relationship, which he later had illustrated, printed and put on the shelf of the Southern Pines Public Library. In the story (see the full text here), he is represented by a gorilla ("I'm clumsy and big like a gorilla, always using brute force to solve problems.") and his girlfriend, Erika Ramos, by a giraffe -- one of her favorite animals.
"I had her stumble across it at the library and read it to me," Phillips wrote on Reddit on Monday. "When she got to the right page, I got on my knee and asked if she would marry me."
Check out the adorable photos from the proposal below:
Photo credit: Laura Ingram
Illustrator: Yoni Limor
So how exactly did he orchestrate this elaborate proposal?
In the comments, Phillips writes, "I told her I wanted to wine and dine her a few weeks ago. I then rented some books from the library early that week with the due date on the proposal day. So we had to go drop the books off before dinner."
Then when they were on their way to the library, he texted the photographer, Laura Ingram, to tell her to put the book on the shelf. He and Ramos always go to the children's section to find books for her nieces and nephews, so it was not out of the ordinary for them to be in that area. When they arrived, the photographer got down on her hands and knees, crawling behind bookshelves so that she would not be noticed. And in case you had any doubt, Ramos said, "Yes!"
But this isn't the first super-sweet storybook proposal we've seen of late. In March 2013, Jason Methner wrote a children's book called "A Hare-y Tale" about his relationship with girlfriend Molly Lipsitz and had it placed on the shelves of the Chicago Public Library. Interestingly, both Methner and Phillips' books were illustrated by Yoni Limor.
Click through the slideshow below to see our picks for the best proposals of all time.
Downtown Disney Flash Mob
Jamin brought a little Disney magic to his proposal when he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su1YLAjty-U" target="_blank">organized a flash mob</a> in Downtown Disney in 2011.
"Julie Will You Marry Me" Website
In 2011, Jim worked with an artist to create a comic strip-like history of his and Julie's relationship, which ended with a marriage proposal. He posted the drawing on a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/19/cutest-marriage-proposal-ever_n_903657.html" target="_blank">website</a> and filmed Julie's reaction as she read it. Click <a href="http://juliewillyoumarry.me/" target="_blank">here</a> to see the adorable website, and watch the video at left to see Julie's reaction.
Romantic Proposal On A Dock
Do proposals get any more romantic than this? In 2011, Tyson <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TECPJI6Z2gs" target="_blank">led his girlfriend, Michelle, to a picturesque dock</a> in Oregon, where their friends were waiting with flowers. They were serenaded by a guitarist as the groom-to-be popped the question.
Buzzfeed Meme Proposal
Len Kendall has the entire internet to thank for helping him pop the question to his girlfriend, Katie, in 2012. Kendall posted a meme-like photo of himself (look left) proposing to Katie on <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/lenkendall/help-me-convince-katie-to-say-yes" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>, and started a Facebook group, Pinterest page and Twitter hashtag #SayYesKatie to urge others to create their own memes asking Katie to marry him. Click <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/say-yes-katie_n_1310729.html#s740651&title=Len_Kendalls_Proposal" target="_blank">here</a> to see some of the best memes created for Len and Katie.
Madison Square Park Proposal
One man pulled out all the stops for his proposal in a park in 2010, including <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bQVoAWSP7k4" target="_blank">dancers, huge signs, a unicycle, and streamers</a>. After she said "yes," the happy couple rode off in a horse-drawn carriage.
White House Gay Marriage Proposal
U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps and his partner, Ben Schlock, made history in 2012 by becoming the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/white-house-gay-marriage-proposal-_n_2317455.html" target="_blank">first gay couple to become engaged at the White House</a>. Phelps told HuffPost that he wanted to propose at the White House because they had their first date there, at the LGBT Pride Month Reception, six months earlier.
Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal
In the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/portland-proposal-video-e_n_1554435.html" target="_blank">first viral lip-dub proposal</a> (but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/epic-lip-dub-proposal-brad-emily_n_1929700.html" target="_hplink">not the last</a>), Isaac Lamb had his girlfriend sit in the back of a truck as they drove through a Portland park, then played Bruno Mars' "Marry You" while dancers popped out and lip-synched to the song. The proposal, which took place in May 2012, now has more than 18 million views on YouTube.
Tim Tiah proved just how useful those popular internet memes can be when he proposed to his girlfriend, Audrey, in 2011. While Audrey was at a restaurant with friends, Tiah stood outside and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/12/22/meme-filled-marriage-proposal-video_n_1164674.html#s567043&title=Song_And_Dance" target="_blank">held up signs containing memes</a> that corresponded to their relationship, ultimately using the <a href="http://www.quickmeme.com/Puss-in-boots/?upcoming" target="_blank">Puss In Boots meme</a> to pop the question.
Fake Movie Trailer
Back in 2011, Matt Still convinced his girlfriend, Ginny, to go to the movies one day -- then, he arranged to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pnVAE91E7kM" target="_blank">play a fake movie trailer</a> before the movie that chronicles his journey to the theater to pop the question.
"Mobbed" Flash Mob
In 2011, <a href="http://www.fox.com/mobbed/" target="_hplink">Fox T.V. show "Mobbed"</a> featured an epic marriage proposal. Groom-to-be Justin <a href="http://blog.weddzilla.com/topics/getting-engaged/get-mobbed-on-fox/" target="_blank">recruited 1,000 people</a> to participate in an over-the-top flash mob for his girlfriend, Nikki.