Photo Shoot Turns Into Sweetest Proposal For Couple With Down Syndrome.

A young woman reacts to her boyfriend's proposal during a photo shoot.

Lucia Romano and Matthew Schwab, a couple with Down syndrome, were posing for a photo shoot when he surprised her with a marriage proposal. She hadn’t seen this coming, since they were at a leadership conference with GiGi’s Playhouse, an organization that provides programs for people with Down syndrome. As far as she knew, Matthew was there as a public speaker, not for romance. However, he completely blew her away with the most beautiful speech of his life!


“You’re beautiful, kind, and friendly,” he told her. “You always make me laugh, you always make me a better self, and I’m not just saying that. I want to continue this journey with you, even though it may take us longer to achieve our dreams.”

Then, Matthew got down on one knee and held out the ring. Her reaction to the surprise photo shoot proposal couldn’t have been sweeter!

A young woman reacts to her boyfriend's proposal during a photo shoot.
Screengrab from GiGi’s Playhouse/TikTok

“It’s a yes, babe!” she said excitedly, as other conference-goers cheered for the happy couple.

GiGi’s Playhouse shared footage of the romantic moment on TikTok, where many commenters were quick to offer their good wishes.

“I love this,” wrote one user. “This gives me hope for my son who has Down syndrome. Congratulations.”

Watch the video below to see this photo shoot become the most heart-melting proposal you’ve ever seen!


📸 A Magical Moment at GiGi’s Leadership Conference 2023! 📸   👫 During the GiGi’s Leadership Conference, Matthew Schwab Speaks, a motivational speaker and GiGi’s Ambassador for GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh, stunned everyone with a surprise proposal. The “group” and “couples photo shoot” turned into a breathtaking moment when he got down on one knee, ring in hand. Thank you Lucia, Matthew, and family for allowing us to capture and be a part of this beautiful moment.   💍 Tears of joy  and loving embraces from family and friends marked the beginning of their shared journey. So grateful his GiGi’s family of 60 GiGi’s Playhouse locations and start ups were there to celebrate with him and Lucia! A heartfelt “Yes” sealed their future together, and we can’t wait to witness their love story unfold. Send them a lovely congrats in the comments below💖💑🥂   #gigisplayhouse #gigisbelieves #gigisconference #generationG #downsyndromeachievement

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