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This Maternity Photo Shoot Turned Surprise Proposal Will Melt Your Heart

“It’s a lot of excitement at once.”

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The two recently did a maternity photo shoot, which Pardo's best friend set up for them. / Via Instagram: @artcimages_photography

"[She and her husband] were the first people we told we were pregnant," Pardo told BuzzFeed News of her friend. "We FaceTimed them right away, I think two days after we found out, before we told anyone else. And her first thing was, 'We’ll set up your maternity shoot.'"

The friend arranged for her brother-in-law, who is a professional photographer, to take the photos for the couple.

But Bruno had bigger plans. / Via Instagram: @artcimages_photography

He had snuck an engagement ring to the shoot, and proposed to his unsuspecting girlfriend.

"The photographer had us standing back-to-back — he said that’s a shot he does with a lot of couples," Pardo said. "He told me to put my hands on my belly, and then I turned around. I was looking at Louis's face, so I didn’t see the ring at first."


Pardo said she was so surprised and did not see the proposal coming at all. / Via Instagram: @artcimages_photography

The couple had planned on eventually getting married, she said.

But between the baby and the end of the school year (both Pardo and Bruno are teachers and are working on their master's degrees), she didn't expect it to happen for a while.

"We’ve been together five years, and we were planning on getting married all along," she said. "The baby was a little surprise because I was on birth control, but things happen."