I feel like I owe the guy who came up with this wedding proposal a major round of applause.
It all started when Justin Lebon decided to create a new Monopoly board for girlfriend Michal Ott for Christmas. They’re big fans of the game and their usual board was missing a few parts. It was then Lebon decided to take it one step further and use the game to propose to his longtime love.
Lebon called his friend, Mark Becker–a woodworker who runs the Etsy shop, Old Redwood–to see if he could recreate a personalized version of the game using their favorite vacation spots and other memories for the properties. Lebon then used Excel to create the property cards.
“The first thing I knew was that I could do something with the engagement ring and the luxury tax spot,” Lebon told BuzzFeed Life.
Becker used materials from a 1900s icebox to recreate the game, while Lebon went thrift-store hunting for old money and gold pieces from an anniversary edition of the game.
The property names included the Westin Maui Resort & Spa (one of their favorite vacation spots), as well as streets they grew up on and their current apartment number, which was used for “Home Sweet Home.”
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Lebon had to figure out exactly what to do for the proposal part, however. So, he devised a plan by using loaded dice that would force Michal to roll a 7 on her first try, making her land on Chance. Lebon created a special Chance card just for the proposal, and presented his girlfriend with the gift on Christmas Eve.
Lebon said Ott became suspicious a proposal might be coming when she lifted the cover of the game and saw all the personal details, but he quickly threw her off track by instead going through and showing her every detail of the game.
“By the end, she didn’t think a proposal was coming,” he said. “She had the dice in her hand the whole time, and when I finally suggested that we play, she rolled a seven.”
When Ott read the Chance card, Lebon then got down on one knee and proceeded to pull out a key which he used to open the Luxury Tax slot, where he had hidden a gorgeous diamond halo engagement ring.
And yes! Ott said, “Yes!”
The two are now planning a destination wedding in Maui for 2017.
We are seriously in LOVE with this wedding proposal. We’ve seen Monopoly themed wedding proposals, but nothing as elaborate as this. Kudos to Lebon and Becker for a seriously amazing creation, and congrats to the happy couple!