Former Olympic diver gets surprise proposal in Venice

Former Olympic diver gets surprise proposal in Venice

While the jaded people of the world consider themselves to have stone-cold hearts, rendering them impervious to picture-perfect portrayals of love seen in Hollywood films and soap-operas, I have seen many a self-confessed "cold hearted" people reduced to tears after witnessing a particularly moving proposal.

Just take one scroll through your Instagram feed and you will, no doubt, be confronted with various iterations of the "dream couple". Whether they're teens, adults or in the throes of middle-age, they're certain to be exemplarily good looking - of the long-limbed, slender and perfectly coiffed variety. And despite us all being aware that love really has nothing to do with what the other person looks like, we can't deny that it helps.

That's why it's all the more touching when we see a couple that is well and truly in love. The most recent example of this has to be the story of a former Olympic diver who accepted his German boyfriend's proposal after being surprised on a gondola ride in Venice.

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The Swedish former Olympian, Jimmy Sjödin is the subject of the internet's favourite proposal story of late. It all went down when Jimmy's boyfriend, bodybuilder Patrick Huber, invited him on an impromptu trip. Patrick wouldn't even tell Jimmy's where they were off to when they left their home in Munich by car.

As it turns out their final destination was one of the most romantic cities in the world: Venice, Italy. Jam packed with culture, all the carbs anyone could ever want, and some of the most breathtaking architecture in Europe, it makes sense that Patrick chose Venice as the location to propose to his beau.

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Once in Venice, Patrick took Jimmy on one of Venice's top attractions, a gondola ride on the Venetian Lagoon. But unbeknown to Jimmy, Patrick had hired a professional photographer to take some snaps of the special moment...

Here's Patrick's recounting of the surprise proposal:

"It was a complete surprise. On the Wednesday night I told my boyfriend to pack his bags because the next day I wanted to take him on a surprise trip somewhere he always wanted to go.

"So he packed his bag and we got in the car, and I started driving and we drove over the South Tyrol, which is the most scenic route through the Italian Alps, so I had planned everything to be the most romantic. We ended up in Venice."

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"Then on the Friday, I said “We have an appointment at 10.30, so be ready and wear something…”, and my he still didn’t understand something was going on.

"So we get to the gondolas and there was a girl, and he thought she was just a tour guide. But she was a professional photographer and took pictures all the time.. to capture that special moment."

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"Then at a intimate little canal I get down on one knee in the gondola and pop the question. I started crying while I asked him the question, and can’t even remember what in specific I said. But he said YES. now he is my fiancé and we started planning our wedding." 

The couple is set to tie the knot in the German Alps on the 28th May 2018 and even this date has special significance - it marks the two year anniversary of the day they started dating. Too adorable, right?