If Alexey Bykov puts half as much effort into his marriage as he did for his proposal, he may yet live happily ever after.
Which is something to be said for a man who faked his own death before proposing.
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Byokov, from Omsk, Russia, knew he wanted to marry his girlfriend, Irena Kolokov–but he had to be sure that the feeling was (really, really) mutual.
So he did what anyone who takes “’til death do us part” literally would do. He hired a screenwriter, director, movie stuntmen and makeup artists to stage a gruesome car crash, where he instructed Kolokov to meet him.
She arrived to her boyfriend not kneeling on bended knee, but rather lying on the ground covered in fake blood.
“When I arrived there were mangled cars everywhere, ambulances, smoke and carnage…a paramedic told me he was dead and I just broke down in tears,” Kolokov told Orange News.
The tears, apparently, were good enough for Byokov, who sprang to his feet and proposed–fake blood, bandages, and all.
Byokov insists the act was designed for Kolokov to realize how empty life would be without him. Does he feel the same about her? Does it matter? She said yes regardless, and the betrothed couple posed for some you-had-t0-be-there engagement photos.
This is not to say that Kolokov was thrilled with her fiancé’s technique.
“I was so cross I almost killed him again, but for real this time,” she told Orange News.
One can only wonder (and fear) what he’ll do if he wants to have children.