Gone are the days that women have to sit patiently and wait on their boyfriend to drop to one knee. In this ever-evolving world of women flaunting their #GirlPower, female proposals are becoming much more common in our culture — and by no means is it a faux pas to take the reigns yourself. That's why we were SO excited to see that travel blogger Sonja Lishchynki, who created Montecristo Travels, planned the most epic proposal for her longtime boyfriend Stefan Dumas.
The uber-romantic proposal, which took place at the Charles Bridge in Prague (and featured THE cutest little pup, guys), took a whole two years to plan. Now that's what we call dedication! "Stefan was elated and surprised — but not surprised at the same time because we've never done anything in a traditional way," Lishchynki told The Huffington Post. "He cried. He was overwhelmed I think. But also elated and joyous. I think he was taken aback by how much it meant to him."
But aside from the emotional and heartfelt proposal, it just may be the engagement ring that really stood out on this special day. According to HuffPost, "Stefan is a descendant of French author Alexandre Dumas, who wrote famous novels such as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Montecristo. When Sonja and Stefan were dating, he mentioned one of his biggest regret was that he never had their family signet ring — which was lost when the Dumases immigrated to North America — remade before his dad died."
Knowing how important this ring was to her future fiancé, the travel blogger did everything she could to figure out every little detail about this historical piece of jewelry. She scoured the Paris archives and La Fondation Dumas to get all of the details correct before heading to a retired Hungarian master jeweler to recreate this special, and one-of-a-kind, engagement ring. And after 18 months, the old saying came true. All good things come to those who wait. The ring was complete!
Now that Lishchynki's proposal plan was almost complete, she took her boyfriend out in the streets of Prague (where they were to attend a friend's wedding later on) for an early-morning photo shoot. Dating a travel blogger, Duman wasn't really suspicious of this photoshoot, as they happened all the time throughout their relationship. As the couple stood on the cobblestone streets by the water, Lishchynki pulled out the special ring right on cue and kneeled down to pop the most important question of her life.
Through tears, her future husband replied with a resounding, "Yes!" See more photos below.