Man Proposes to GF With Her Favorite Ring He Had Hidden for Over Three Years

Elan and his girlfriend Molly had been dating for eight months when she told him she liked a certain ring. He went back the next day, bought it, and then hid it for the next three years.

Robin Zlotnick - Author

Dec. 27 2019, Updated 12:56 p.m. ET

The holidays are all about gathering with the ones you love, celebrating togetherness, and getting proposed to on snowy mountaintops. Yeah, I said it. It's a thing that lots of proposals happen over the holidays, but almost none of them are as cute as this viral thread about a guy who knew that he wanted to marry this woman so he bought her ideal ring and hung onto it for over three years until he found the perfect moment to get down on one knee.

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So many couples, early on in the relationship, will talk jokingly about rings and engagements, but Elan was serious about Molly, even eight months in. He knew he was going to pop the question. He just didn't know when. So he scrambled back to the shop to buy the ring she said she loved. That was three-and-a-half years ago. 

I would not be able to keep my cool knowing the box was right there. Why didn't he hide it away in a secret closet or something? Under the floorboards? What was his plan if she one day looked over and was like, "Hey, what's this box?" But she didn't. And so the ring stayed behind their bed for years. Until a few days ago. 

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A snowy winter trip to Japan seems like the perfect time to propose, if I do say so myself. I would be so paranoid about losing the ring...first on an international flight, then on a ski mountain. I'm honestly impressed that he was scared of getting the moment right and not instead scared of accidentally dropping the ring while he was skiing. But anyway, that's not the point of this story. The point is, the proposal was magical.

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"It's happening" is, I think, what so many couples say when they've been together for a long time and have talked about marriage and know there's going to be a proposal but don't know when. I am sure that Molly's heart started going a mile a minute when Elan said, "It's happening."

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Wow, is someone cutting onions in here? What's this moisture leaving my eyes? But more importantly, where is that ring?! Could you imagine not only getting proposed to but learning that your partner bought the ring that you said was perfect over three years ago? 

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Oh thank goodness. And my oh my, that's a gorgeous ring. The green looks magnificent with the snowy backdrop. Seems like he done real good. 

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Luckily, someone was around to capture the whole thing on camera. On Twitter, Elan wrote, "It would be impossible to express how happy we are right now. We have each other, our friends and family, and we also have all of you, many of whom have been with us for our entire relationship. Please know every word you write is meaningful to us, we are reading and cry-smiling."

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One more look at that gorgeous rock before we go. This is the kind of story we like to hear about over the holidays. Elan's thread went viral and infused a lot of warmth into the hearts of people everywhere this holiday season. Thousands of people were touched by this adorable proposal, and they should be! It was over three years in the making!

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