Once upon a time there was a young man named Paul Phillips who fell in love with a young woman named Erika Ramos. Phillips, 23, loved Ramos, also 23, so much, that he decided to propose by creating an adorable children’s book detailing their love story. Phillips collaborated with Nashville artist, Yoni Limor, who illustrated the personalized pictures for the book. Then Phillips had it bound and stashed it in the shelves of the local library in Southern Pines, N.C.
“I had checked out a couple books a few days earlier to be returned Saturday,” Phillips told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “We took out a children’s book for her niece and nephew.”
While in the children’s book section, Phillips asked Ramos if she would read him the book he had specifically hidden just for her. “When she got to the page where the gorilla proposed, I got down on one knee and she was like, ‘No way.’” Ramos said, “Yes,” and photographer Laura Ingram was there to capture their special “happily ever after” moment. The newly-engaged couple is planning to wed next fall.