We’ve seen some amazing marriage proposal videos but a new one, produced to coincide with Pride Month in the US, ranks up there amongst the best.
Texas couple DeAndré Upshaw and Stuart Hausmann have been together six years. DeAndré is the founder of a photography and film studio, and he had the idea of proposing to his partner in a memorable and cinematic fashion.
He also wanted to make a gesture to commemorate one year since the US Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, and Pride Month.
Recruiting a professional film crew, over 40 friends and family, and making perfect use of the Tegan and Sara hit ‘Closer’, the end result would melt the stoniest of hearts!
‘I’d known from the day we met that I was going to spend the rest of my life with Stu, and we knew we were going to get married, but figured that after six years of being together we’d just announce an engagement,’ says DeAndré in a statement posted with the video.
‘Never one to miss an opportunity to do the absolute most, I spent four months secretly colluding with family, friends and college roommates across the country to help make this an amazing, special day.
‘He thought we were going to a fancy brunch, and as we got closer to the location, I pulled over and told him that I’d actually planned something amazing for him, and put a blindfold on him before taking him to the location.
‘Texas received record amounts of rain and flooding that weekend (something that wasn’t factored into the equation when I set the date four months earlier), so we had to change venue at the last minute in order to have a backup indoor location just in case we got rained out. It even sprinkled briefly during the shoot, but we persevered!
‘My favorite part is his laugh (Stu has the most unique, adorable laugh) when he sees his friends and family pop out. Some of them he hasn’t seen in years, and some drove in from Austin and Houston.
‘Another thing that made this kind of super special was that I’d lost 119 pounds over the course of the last few months, and this was the first time some of my friends and family had seen me since! It was a great time.’
Obviously, as you will see from the video, Stuart, a children’s book illustrator, said yes.
DeAndré told Gay Star News that the couple had not yet set a date for the wedding, but were ‘super overwhelmed’ by the feedback they have had to the video.
‘We know we are blessed to live in a time where we can legally get married, and we hope that this gives some hope and support for guys and girls around the world who wish for the freedom to love who they want to love.’