Justin Lebon and his fiancé, Michal Ott, are self-described homebodies who love a good game of Monopoly.
Since their usual board was one Lebon made in high school, and a few cards were missing, he wanted to create a new board as a Christmas gift to Ott that would celebrate their relationship. And then he decided to pop the question with the new board.
Lebon called on his friend, woodworker Mark Becker, to pitch his idea, and got to work on naming the custom properties.
Lebon worked mostly in Excel to create all of the properties and other cards. “The first thing I knew was that I could do something with the engagement ring and the luxury tax spot,” he told BuzzFeed Life. “I wanted to figure out how to make some kind of trap door underneath it, and it all came together while I was walking around work one day last November.”
Becker, who runs the Etsy shop Old Redwood, built the board in just over three weeks.
Lebon planted a special proposal card on Chance, seven spots into the game. From there, he planned to get down on one knee and show off the game board’s trap door.
He used loaded dice, so that Ott would roll a seven and get to Chance on her first try.
“She knew Mark was helping me, so she figured her gift was going to be really cool, but she thought it was going to be a world travel-themed board,” Lebon told BuzzFeed Life. “When she opened it up and saw that it was about us, she was like, ‘No way.’ I gave her the whole tour of the board and by the end, we were both crying.”