Getting down on one knee and popping the question to the love of your life is already a high-stakes venture — picking out the right ring, figuring out where you'll actually propose, deciding what you're going to say and, of course, hoping that she'll say "yes!" But for one North Carolina man, this act of love took a seriously wrong turn — or fall, rather.
Matthew Picca wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Kayla Harrity, while on vacation with Harrity's family in Southport, North Carolina, Fox 46 reports. The 25-year-old had it all planned out: Dinner at Old American Fish restaurant followed by a romantic moonlight walk on the dock, where he would drop down to one knee in front of both of their families, pull out a gorgeous diamond and ask Harrity, 24, to be his wife.
Picca didn't plan on the sparkler falling into the waves below — but it did.
"I was in the midst of opening up my eyes, and I heard it hit the deck, and then I heard a plop and then it went in the water," she told the local news station. "And then we both just froze. We didn't know what to say. We didn't know what to do. We just kind of looked at each other."
After they got over the initial shock of a ring of that importance falling victim to the ocean, the couple, along with Harrity's brother-in-law and several kind strangers jumped in the water and started searching for the engagement ring — a pear-shaped sparkler set on a double band. With the help of goggles and underwater flashlights, the group finally found the ring about two hours later.
"Everyone at the bar was cheering. All of a sudden, everyone was chanting, 'Propose again! Do it again!'" Harrity told WBTV. "It was the best feeling in the world. My fiancé, soaking wet, smelling like salty, fishing water, proceeded to get down on one knee and put the beautiful ring on my finger!"
And, of course, she said "yes!"