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This Man Planned a $50,000 Proposal, Complete With Horses and a Lamborghini

One 22-year-old now has to top himself with the wedding. 

How’s he going to top this with a wedding?

One Australian man went all out proposing to his girlfriend of five years, spending six months planning an outing which included travel by a Lamborghini and a chartered helicopter, horseback riding, and 250 white roses. In all, he spent $50,000 just to pop the question. 

Robbie Hayek, 22, a construction site manager trainee and part-time Lebanese wedding drummer, sent the rented Lamborghini and driver to pick up his schoolteacher love,  Clarice Maatouk, 23, where she teaches. She were then accompanied by a motorcade to Bankstown Airport, where Robbie had a street parade waiting to kick off, complete with drummers, fire breathers and dancers. A helicopter then flew the duo to Glenworth Valley on the Central Coast where a horse and guide were waiting to take her on a trail ride. Poems written on cards were placed throughout the trail. The ride led Clarice to a fire pit and a solo saxophonist, who played surrounded by 250 white roses—one for every week the couple had been together.

As the sax player started playing Rihanna’s We Found Love Robbie revealed himself, wearing a bow tie. He had meticulously planned the proposal, which led up to 85 phone calls on the day of to make sure all would go smoothly. 

Proving how committed he was, the groom-to-be also went on a crash diet of just 500 calories a day to make sure he made the weight limit for the horse ride back to the helicopter. 

In total, Robbie said he got some breaks through his music connections, but that the proposal was worth $50,000—which did not include the ring he bought for $15,000.

Robbie also created a hashtag for the big day, so “fans” could search for pictures of the couple. He also hired a cameraman, who reportedly cried when Robbie pulled out the  2.5 carat pear shaped diamond ring and put it on Clarice’s finger. 

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