A dreamlike marriage proposal against a sky of colorful fireworks nearly turned into a water-logged nightmare for model CJ Franco and filmmaker Len Wiseman when her engagement ring went missing just hours after he popped the question.
Franco told People magazine that her boyfriend of eight years surprised her with a ring during a romantic July 4 getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Everything was perfect when Wiseman proposed to Fanco at their favorite restaurant named Arbol at Las Ventanas.
She recalled, “He got down on his knee and said, ‘I know we’ve only know each other for a little while, so this may come as a shock.’ He proposed as fireworks began, which felt like they were just for us. I didn’t hear anything he said but he looked really cute doing it!”
A few hours later, the couple headed to their hotel’s pool, and this is where our story takes a turn for the worse.
“We ended our evening swimming surrounded by candles and rose petals,” she told People. “It was like a dream until I realized my ring was missing.”
(As we’ve noted many times in this column, bodies of water and fine jewelry are not a great combination — for so many reasons. In this case, Franco’s ring likely slipped off because her fingers shrunk in the cool water.)
Their relaxing evening swim quickly transitioned into a rescue mission.
“We put goggles on and spent the next half hour searching the bottom of the pool for lost treasure — as romantically as possible,” she said.
Based on the photos that Franco and Wiseman posted to their respective Instagram pages, we’re pretty sure the rescue mission was successful.
Franco’s classic solitaire ring features a princess-cut diamond set on a simple gold band.
The 32-year-old model, actress and reality star explained why they kept their engagement under wraps for a month.
Wrote Franco on Instagram, “Been keeping a little secret since 4th of July! I wanted to keep it quiet until we could share the news with our families in Northern California.”
Franco’s most recent appearance was on The GOAT, an unscripted series where competitors vie for the title of “greatest reality show contestant” of all time.
Wiseman, 50, is the co-creator of the Underworld series and recently filmed the John Wick spinoff, Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas.
Credits: Images via Instagram / cjfranco; Instagram / lenwiseman.