It was meant to be the perfect proposal, but sometimes even the most carefully laid plans can go horribly – and hilariously – wrong.
Ian Share from Pretoria spent the past few months planning to propose to his girlfriend, Megan Edwards. But he didn’t imagine her sister, Celine, would become internet famous when she fell head over heels trying to capture their special moment.
Ian’s proposal was filmed by his cousin and the video showing the moment he popped the question – and the hilarious tumble – has now gone viral.
In May, Ian (32) and Megan (26) flew to Cape Town where he planned to pop the question in a romantic beach setting. He’d invited her sister, Celine (23), to witness the big moment.
Ian pulled out all the stops: he set up a picnic, complete with petals and candles in the shape of a heart, pictures of the loved-up couple and Andy Grammer’s Don’t Give Up on Me playing in the background.
As he was preparing to get down on one knee, Celine took out her phone to start filming but in the excitement of the moment, she didn’t notice some rocks and tripped.
She tried to get up but fell again. When she fell the third time, she finally gave up and decided to record while sitting and giggling in the sand.
Since then, Celine, who’s a chef, has become something of an internet sensation. “I’m happy people are laughing – I was laughing too,” she says. “I just wanted to record the video for my sister. I didn’t know there was already someone recording everything.”
Megan, who’s close to her only sibling, says Celine certainly didn’t ruin her special moment. “In the beginning I was like ‘Oh s**t’, but we just laughed it off,” Megan says.
The couple were too caught up in the moment to help her when she stumbled.
“The second time she fell she shouted, ‘No, man’,” Ian says. “But I decided to continue with the proposal because we were in the mood.”
Megan is an office manager at an optical retail chain and Ian works in IT. They met in 2017 when Megan sent Ian a Facebook friend request after spotting his picture on social media.
Family is important to the couple. The week before he proposed, Ian invited his and Megan’s parents for breakfast to ask for their blessing.
Megan’s mom, Christine, says she always wished for a good man for her daughter.
“They’re so alike, we were really happy when he asked us for her hand in marriage,” she says.
The lovebirds plan to tie the knot on 28 May next year. Megan wants her sister to be maid of honour – and if their proposal is anything to go by, you can bet Celine will be front and centre.