Imagine you're waiting for your morning latte, per usual, and it shows up with a special message written in the foam: "Will you marry me?"
Well, that's exactly what happened to Emmanuel Velez's girlfriend when he proposed to her by way of a coffee cup in a New York City café. And while the story is adorable enough on its own, it actually holds a special meaning for the couple. In 2015, Velez's girlfriend said "I love you" for the first time by writing it on top of his latte. He panicked and responded with a simple, "thank you," which didn't convey how he really felt about her (and wasn't exactly what she'd hoped to hear). Three years later, he decided to make it up to her by asking her to be his wife in the same way.
He worked with the team from Ripples—the company behind a device that creates custom latte art—to find a café that would be able to implement his message, which he decorated with delicate hearts. Based on the photos, his bride-to-be was very surprised by what she found in her cup, and the couple went on to celebrate their engagement on the Brooklyn Bridge.
This isn't the only swoon-worthy, coffee-related proposal that's happened of late. In 2017, a long-distance couple who both traveled a lot got engaged in an airport Starbucks after spending years leaving each other notes in airport Starbucks locations around the world to collect when they were passing through separately. She thought she was heading to pick up a note in the Amsterdam airport, but instead found her future husband down on one knee.
If you're looking to plan your own café proposal (which, by the way, more women are doing in general than ever before!), there are plenty of ways to make it happen. A few things to keep in mind: Decide if you want to go solo or include your families, include some thoughtful personal details, and let the restaurant in on what's happening so they can help you out with crafting the perfect moment. Anything you decide will be sure to let your partner know you love them... a latte.
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