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Does This Filmmaker ‘Jump the Shark’ With His 27 Minute Wedding Proposal Video?

By Hanssie on October 17th 2013

Every girl dreams about the day her boyfriend will propose to her. How will he pop the big question? Will it be by candlelit dinner? Will he wax poetic about his love for her? Will he ask her father’s permission? Will he include a montage of photos documenting their love? Will he lip sync cheesy love songs to make her laugh? Might he possibly do some of the recent marriage proposal trends, such as a flash mob? Or a fake movie trailer?

For actress, Emily Foxler, the answer is: Yes, all of the above.

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Emily Foxler’s boyfriend, 29 year old actor and filmmaker, Justin Baldoni told her he had a romantic surprise for her at the Blu Jam Cafe in Los Angeles, where they had their first date. When Emily arrived, Justin was no where to be found and the restaurant was empty, except for the staff and a candlelit table. Unbeknownst to Emily, Justin had hidden video cameras all over the restaurant to record her reaction.

Cue the 27-minute video wedding proposal. (Don’t worry, I’ll give you the Cliff’s Notes version)

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At the three minute mark, Justin appears on the screen and explains that he’s trying to propose.

“I promise I’m not standing you up. It’s the opposite of that,” Justin says in the clip. “Baby I love you. I love you so … freaking much. I love the s**t out of you.”

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 12.26.57 AMAfter a fake radio station interview, Justin appears with his boy band friends to lip sync some ‘N Sync (because honestly, what is a marriage proposal without a cheesy boy band song?!)

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 12.36.33 AMFollowed by Boyz II Men…

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 12.43.00 AM…And “Dancing Queen,” complete with a mini skirt and wigs. And though it’s been cute so far, I’m kind of hoping that he’s going to get to the point soon. But I’m only at the 9 minute mark.

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 12.49.57 AMThen, of course, the obligatory flash mob set to a Bruno Mars song. Come on, everyone’s doing it…

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 1.00.56 AMAs Justin gets on one knee and you’re thinking, “Yes! It’s finally gonna happen!” Yet, we’re only 12 minutes in. And suddenly, Justin finds himself in a fake movie trailer, complete with a dramatic voice over.

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 1.08.48 AMFollowed by the obligatory home video montage of the last year and a half together, with the added touch of epic movie background music. Then Justin’s outside of the restaurant being prepped by his family members. When he finally walks inside, he begins a lovely and ‘awww’ inducing outpouring of love. (I’ll admit, I got a little teary eyed). While family members look on, Justin, wait for it…still doesn’t propose. There’s still 5 minutes left of the video!

But he pauses and shows a video of him at Emily’s father’s grave, where he went to ask him permission to marry his daughter.

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 1.26.21 AM23 minutes in, he asks the question Emily (and everyone else) has been waiting for, “Will you marry me?” To which she responds, “Such a stupid question. Yes.”

… And they lived happily ever after.

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 1.31.54 AMIt took 10 days with the help of family and friends to make the video and then Justin complied it with the footage from the hidden cameras and posted it on YouTube. Watch the entire 27 minutes for yourself below:

I can’t decide if this is incredibly romantic or supremely cheesy, but I am wowed by the time and effort he put into it. Either way, men, you probably won’t want your significant others to see this.

According to Wikipedia, the term ‘Jumping the Shark’ is “used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery, which is usually a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of “gimmick” in a desperate attempt to keep viewers’ interest.”

What are your thoughts? Are you swooning or rolling your eyes? Did Justin Baldoni ‘Jump the Shark’ with his over the top proposal? Comment below.

(Via @Youtube/Yahoo)

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Elahn

    I think she knew it was a marriage proposal when he said “I love the shit out of you!”

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  2. Kris

    All I can say is wow…..but I am not sure if I am saying wow because it was soooooo sweet or because it was silly or because it took soooooo long……either way WOW and congrats to them. =)

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  3. Bruce

    No pressure then… ;)

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  4. Angela Watts

    You needed to have a warning to have tissue nearby. So sweet.

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