Romantic 26-year-old Luke Aukuso made the thoughtful gesture to include his partner Stephanie Lamb’s two-year-old daughter, Harper, to help him give an engagement ring to her mom. But the couple’s sweet proposal moment was almost derailed after the ring accidentally fell into the ocean.
The whole family – his future in-laws – were all standing on a pier at Hervey Bay, Queensland in Australia when Luke got down on one knee and Harper reached out to grab the ring, which was in a pale box, but it dropped on the decking of the jetty.
Luke and 25-year-old Stephanie scrambled in panic, trying to grab the ring, but gasped in horror as it was too late, the ring tumbled into the water below them.
Less than 24 hours after the incident, a video of the near-disaster proposal went viral on TikTok, garnering nearly three million views.
Take a look:
@stephanieariana0Had to tell Harpie that it was kissed by the fish and mermaids for goodluck 😅😂♬ original sound – stephanieariana0
Stephanie goes blank (which she reveals later), Harper becomes distressed, and a flip flop is seen flying across the video as instincts take over, and Luke is heard jumping into the water to retrieve the ring.
He later revealed that he did manage to empty his pockets before making the jump; we were wondering about that too.
Fortunately, Luke manages to find the ring thanks to the low tide, clear waters, and the helpful instruction of his soon-to-be father-in-law. You can hear Stephanie saying, “he got it.”
Viewers took to the comment section almost as instantly as Luke jumped into the ocean to share their thoughts on the cute proposal.
Most commenters concluded that the moral of the story here is “don’t involve kids when proposing and stay away from the water.”
Following the many demands of highly invested viewers, the couple posted two more videos explaining what happened after the video went off and showing the saltwater-infused engagement ring.
@stephanieariana0 Part 3 of the ring drop 💍@stephanieariana0 ♬ original sound – stephanieariana0
But, as Luke says, “all’s well that ends well.” The ring was found, she said yes, and little two-year-old cutie Harper is no longer distraught.
Not every lucky couple gets their engagement ring kissed by the fish and the mermaids or gets blessed by the ocean.
So if you’re currently thinking about the perfect place for your proposal and prefer not to unexpectedly wet your clothes, here’s a list of proposal-perfect places in and around Cape Town that don’t include the ocean:
- Beau Constantia
- Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery
- Table Mountain
- Signal Hill (there’s ocean, but it’s pretty far away)
- Sunset Rock (there’s ocean, but it’s pretty far away)
- Kirstenbosch Gardens – the boomslang is a bit dangerous, but maybe worth a try?)
- Darling – in the flower fields
- The Cape Wheel
- At the top of one of Cape Town’s lighthouses
- At the Labia Theatre