A Canadian man has proposed to his girlfriend and married her only hours later after secretly planning their wedding and arranging everything, from the dress to the cake and wedding song.
Shawn Lippert surprised his girlfriend Colleen Freker by proposing at a beachside restaurant in Tecumseh on August 13 and asking her to marry him that night in front of 207 of their friends and family, local newspaper the Windsor Star reports.
Lippert spent a year planning the surprise nuptials
— which were videotaped and posted on YouTube — gathering information about his girlfriend's dream wedding by asking her discreet questions.
"I just knew in my gut this is exactly what she wanted," Mr Lippert said.
He kept his plans secret from their family and put his girlfriend off the scent by telling her he wanted to elope in Law Vegas in September.
After Mrs Lippert agreed to marry Mr Lippert at the Beach Bar and Grill, he led her to a room in the club where she found her jewelry box and vanity dresser, and the wedding dress he'd chosen for her.
When she walked up the aisle with her father, Mrs Lippert was stunned to see her husband had organised everything she wanted for her wedding, from the paper lanterns decorating the trees, to the white cherry chip cake and the song 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' from the Across the Universe movie.
"I complain all the time about him not being romantic, but apparently he is,"
Mrs Lippert said.