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Surprise proposal comes with live TV coverage
COSTA MESA – Janelle Lim thought she was at Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa on Tuesday to enjoy breakfast with a friend - until her boyfriend, Stan Huang, walked in with the KTLA/5 morning news crew.
He brought out a guitar and started serenading her as the cameras rolled, lights shining on the couple as Lim tried to grasp what was going on. She covered her face in shock, then looked around at familiar faces of family and friends who showed up to witness the special moment.
With Southern California watching on live TV, Huang got down on one knee and popped the question.
After she said "yes," the crowd broke out in applause as Lim still tried to comprehend what was happening.
"What is going on here?" she asked, smiling wide.
Lim's sister Brittany said she was excited about the new addition to the family.
"I'm so happy for her; I'm so excited. They've been dating for 7 years," she said. "He's always been a brother to me."
Huang said he got nervous when he noticed everyone crying around him.
"But it went well, it was all good," he said. "She's one of the hardest people to surprise."
The bride-to-be said she was shocked by the proposal.
"I saw cameras and I thought 'This is really strange,'" she said. "This is insane."
The KTLA crew, along with Robbins Brothers, is helping men through the week propose to their loved ones at various locations throughout Southern California.
Huang bought a custom engagement ring from Robbins Brothers in Fullerton, where customer experience manager Jazmin Aguilar suggested Old Vine Cafe as the perfect place to propose, according to public relations manager Tracey Lyles.
Old Vine owner Mark McDonald was pleased with how the surprise turned out.
“It was exciting working behind the scenes to make this special moment happen, and watching the news crew come into Old Vine for this surprise was a treat for our customers,” McDonald said. “We're always looking for creative ways to add romance to our customers’ lives.”
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