By Ben Walley
A doting boyfriend came up with a super cute story book proposal for his primary school teacher girlfriend – and caught the whole thing on camera.
Romantic Eric Hernandez, from Canoga Park in California, was desperate to dream up an inventive way to ask his girlfriend, Melanie Goldsmith, to marry him.
Being a school teacher with a huge love of books he decided to write and illustrate a children’s story book, featuring two bunny rabbits and telling the tale of their life together so far.
Eric spent months creating the book and even masterminded a way to get Melanie to read it out loud – getting her fellow teachers in on the act to pretend it was an exercise during a meeting at the school.
With Eric waiting in the wings, the footage shows an emotional Melanie reading the book as she realises what is about to happen.
As the story comes to an end Eric comes into the meeting with an engagement ring and gets down on one knee to propose.
Melanie, who first met Eric in five years ago, said: “When I was handed the book, I looked at it and my heart dropped on the floor.
“I had seen a picture on Eric’s phone of two bunnies before and when I asked about it he grabbed the phone away from me.
“I didn’t think much of it at the time. So as soon as I saw the book with the two bunnies on the cover, I knew exactly what it was. I took a deep breath and started reading.
“While reading the book I started to get very emotional because I knew he had written the book about us.
“It was so beautifully written. I honestly felt like I was dreaming and I couldn’t believe it was happening.
“At one point I couldn’t continue to read the story because I became too emotional.
“As my coworker next to me read the story I felt like I was in a daze. I didn’t know what was happening. It felt like time had stopped.
“When Eric walked in the room, I pretty much lost it. At this point, I knew the proposal was happening but when he walked in I couldn’t control myself.
“I looked at him and nothing else in the world mattered. It was just me and him and I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.
“When he asked me to marry him, my heart was beating so fast and I was shaking with excitement and joy. Of course I said yes.
“It was honestly the best moment of my entire life. I can’t wait to be married to him.”
Eric added: “Since she is a passionate preschool teacher, I decided to adapt the story of our relationship into a children’s storybook titled ‘Making Memories.’
“I worked for several months writing and illustrating that book, highlighting key moments and memories we’ve shared through our past five years together.”