Everyone loves a good love story, especially when they involve real-life men and women (you know, as opposed to the ones on the big screen) who don’t need Hollywood directors to tell them when to act sweet or when to pull out all the stops. Unfortunately, it’s not very often–or ever–that we hear tales of grandeur from our neighbors, best friends, sisters or brothers, which is what makes these 21 crazy romantic gestures all the more delicious. Whether you’re in the mood for some sappy rom-com style love or you want to drop hints to your BF or GF about what to get you for Christmas, these pictures of grand romantic gestures are sure to make your heart throb. Grab your tissues and get ready for some proof of pure, unencumbered love!
1. This groom’s reaction to seeing his future wife for the first time on the wedding day puts all other grooms to shame.
2. This husband who remodeled his and his wife’s laundry room while she was away for 7 days–on his own.
3. This boyfriend who refashioned a vintage, 1910 fire extinguisher for his girlfriend, who is a firefighter.
4. This boyfriend who painted this beautiful mural for his girlfriend when she was away at sea for a month.
5. This man who whittled a bracelet out of a solid piece of driftwood for his wife.
6. This husband who takes makeup lessons because his wife is nearly blind <3
7. This man who trudged through the snow to wish his wife a happy birthday. #Beast
8. This man who filmed 7 different proposals for his girlfriend to enjoy (and hopefully say yes to!).
9. This special lady who waited for her BF to go out of town so she could create this gem for him.
10. When this boyfriend got his girlfriend a pile of oysters to shuck–and they contained 53 pearls in all!
11. This loving girlfriend who knew the way to her man’s heart. She cooked a month worth of meals while he was out of town!
12. Or when this super thoughtful young lady stocked her boyfriend’s pantry when he was broke.
13. When one person knitted their boyfriend an uber-delightful Cosby sweater.
14. When this Reddit user chose to stand by his girlfriend when she had cancer.
15. When this master of carpentry made all other proposal attempts seem small and insignificant.
You turn a key and a ring magically appears. Mind. Blown.
16. When this just as talented boyfriend carved his girlfriend this beautiful topographic table for her apartment in Thailand.
17. When this guy took 9 months to plan a scavenger hunt to propose to his girlfriend. She said yes.
18. When one clever boyfriend helped his girlfriend sell her old Volvo by shooting a Super Bowl worthy commercial. It went viral, and at one point bids on the car were as high as $150,000.
19. This man who turned himself into a CHAIR for his tired wife.
20. This guy who didn’t want his girlfriend’s pants getting wet.
21. And this little cutie pie, who is definitely going to make some woman very happy in his future.
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