Once upon a time, a young man called Eric Page decided to propose to his girlfriend. Of course, he knew that it had to be something special to truly win her heart forever. So, casting his mind back over their relationship, he devised a proposal straight out of a fairytale.
Page met his girlfriend, Shirin Oreizy, during a Christmas convention in San Francisco. SantaCon, which is staged once a year as Christmas approaches, sees attendees don festive fancy dress and party the night away. And the story of the couple’s first encounter would eventually prove key to Page’s proposal.
Yes, a younger Oreizy was apparently a huge fan of fairytales. In fact, according to Page, she “loved to make fairytale story books for her family.” This, then, sparked an idea in Page’s mind, but it wouldn’t be an easy one to bring to fruition.
Thankfully, Page possessed the skills and knowledge needed to realize his vision. And so he began his quest to build something truly unique that would prove his love to Oreizy, while simultaneously popping the question.
In fact, Page designed and constructed all the elements of his proposal from scratch – right down to the engagement ring he planned to offer Oreizy. But, as awesome as that was, it wasn’t the most impressive part of his plan.
No, the most awe-inspiring segment of Page’s proposal would come before Oreizy had even laid eyes the ring. But it wouldn’t be easy for her to decipher. In fact, she would have to prove her love for Page in the same way he’d done for her.
Amazingly, in order to get to the ring, Oreizy had to work her way through a series of elaborate puzzles. Most of these centered on key moments in the couple’s relationship, including all the tiny details only two people truly in love would know or remember.
And even more amazingly, Page actually created a beautiful, handcrafted book that contained all of these puzzles. For this, he’d had to use all manner of tools and supplies, including plenty of wood, glue, a laser cutter and buckets of patience.
So, on each page of the book, Oreizy found a new puzzle to solve. But they weren’t just randomly put together. No, like any good fairytale, the book contained a wonderful, heart-warming story that focused on the couple’s relationship.
The book had eight interior pages, each one carved out in meticulous detail. Moreover, each double-page spread contained a puzzle on one side and the next part of the story on the other.
Each one of these spreads represented a different episode in the story of their lives. The first chapter, for instance, told the story of the day the couple met at SantaCon. In order to unlock the next chapter, Oreizy had to find the characters that represented the costumes they wore that day and line them up next to some mistletoe.
The next two chapters described a journey across the country in their RV and the arrival of their beloved labradoodle puppy. Throughout, Page packed in all manner of details to show his love for Oreizy. For example, he created endearing characters called Super Santa and Ms. Gingerbread. Naturally, Page based these on the costumes the couple wore when they first met.
Plus, in order to create his detailed storyline, Page had closely studied fairytales and read advice from successful writers. After a lot of research, he eventually struck upon a theme that summed up their relationship: “The Perfect Fit.”
Page said he chose “The Perfect Fit” as his motif for two reasons. Number one: it described how he and Oreizy complement each other perfectly. Number two: because it applied to “the fit of a ring on a finger or the pieces of a puzzle fitting together.” Yes, the theme and his concept for the book were another example of a perfect fit.
Constructing the book was no easy feat, however. Page described the process at length in a December 2016 imgur post, and it’s clear that an incredible amount of planning, thought and dedication was required to execute his plan.
For instance, he designed each page to be a self-contained box in order to fit the necessary mechanisms for the puzzle inside. Etching the drawings of the book’s characters was an equally arduous process, taking 30 or more attempts to get right.
But once Page was finally happy with the book, he presented it to Oreizy. There was no way she could have known what was about to greet her eyes as she opened up the gift. Then she began to read through its intricate narrative, solving each puzzle along the way.
Thankfully, it appears Oreizy’s love for Page is just as strong, and she managed to solve each puzzle with ease. Clearly, the couple know each other well. So, when Oreizy reached the fourth and final chapter, in which Super Santa realizes Ms. Gingerbread is his “Perfect Fit,” Page got down on one knee.
Astonishingly, Oreizy didn’t clock on to the fact that Page was proposing until the ring popped out from the book. In fact, the story, the “Perfect Fit” theme and even Page getting down on one knee hadn’t clued her in. Still, it’s fair to assume that she may have been in a state of shock at that point.
After recovering her composure, though, Oreizy provided the answer Page had been hoping for: a resounding yes. The couple are now happily engaged and planning what will be an altogether unique wedding – at least if Page’s proposal is anything to go by.