Man Gave Meteorologist Ultimate Valentine's Day Surprise On News Broadcast

One meteorologist was given the ultimate Valentine's Day gift when her longtime boyfriend and his two daughters surprised her with a proposal while she was filming a segment.

Mary Lee, a meteorologist at CBS5 in San Francisco, California, was in the middle of a segment about the northern lights when her boyfriend's two daughters Mirium and Madi approached, each carrying a rose.

As the two girls walked up to Lee, she hugged them and smiled.

"Aw so sweet," she said completely unaware of the real surprise.

Her boyfriend, Ajit Ninan, then stepped onto the set and gave her a hug and a kiss before dropping to one knee.

"Mary, you are my Northern Lights," he said as Lee began crying tears of joy. You are spectacular and beautiful. The girls adore you and I love you. I want you to be a part of my life. Will you be my forever girl and will you marry me?"

The average proposer spends approximately 4.4 months planning their proposal down to the last detail and about seven percent reported spending a year or longer, according to data from The Knot. But with more planning comes a decline in surprise proposals.

As Ninan asked Lee to marry him in front of the northern lights projected on the green screen, his daughters stood on the side and smiled with an additional bouquet of roses.

In tears and smiling, Lee hugged and kissed Ninan as she accepted his proposal. The two hugged as his daughters happily jumped up and down on the sidelines.

People watching the proposal from inside the studio also applauded and cheered as the couple exchanged I love you's.

As Ninan placed the ring on Lee's finger, the couple laughed and smiled while still in front of the visuals of the northern lights.

The Knot estimated that only 1 in 3 marriage proposals in the United States are a surprise. Other noticeable trends included involving a partner in the process as well as returning to traditional practices such as asking the family's permission or saying the words "will you marry me."

"While proposals are less of a surprise than in years past, there's an uptick in grooms returning to time-honored traditions, like proposing with the engagement ring in hand and getting down on one knee," Kristen Maxwell Cooper, editor in chief of The Knot said.

Lee told Newsweek it has always been a dream of hers to be proposed to in front of the Northern Lights, but she thought that dream would never become a reality.

"I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights and dreamed of one day being proposed to with the Northern Lights in the background," Lee told Newsweek. "I love how Ajit made my dreams come true! I'm still in shock and so happy! It was such a special moment. I love that his daughters, Mirium and Madi, were there and helped in the proposal. Mirium and Madi are incredibly special to me. I love them so much, and I am so excited and grateful to be a family together."

The romantic surprise was aired during the noon news broadcast on Monday. After anchors Len Kiese and Amanda Starrantino showed the clip, Lee smiled and began crying more tears of joy while speaking about the surprise.

Lee told the anchors that the shock and excitement have still not worn off. Although she said her coworkers were dropping hints about the upcoming surprise, she said she absolutely did not see the proposal coming.

"I had no idea he was going to propose! I was joking with my Morning Show team earlier in the morning that Ajit probably won't even remember Valentine's Day," she said. "I told them I would be happy if I just got a Valentine's Day text from him!"

Her co-workers said it took a lot of time to orchestrate the surprise for her but that they were glad it could happen and that they were happy for her.

"It was so sweet because my entire KPIX Morning Show team helped plan the proposal with Ajit. They called it "Operation Marry Mary," Lee said. "I can't believe they kept it a secret from me for months. My co-workers were so cool and smooth about it while trying to get information from me like my ring size...I honestly didn't think anything of it! I just thought it was sweet, wishful thinking on their part for me. I was so convinced Ajit was never going to propose."

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A meteorologist in San Francisco was shocked when her longtime boyfriend surprised her with a proposal while she was filming a segment about the northern lights. bernardbodo/iStock