Justin Lebon and his fiancé, Michal Ott, are self-described homebodies who love a good game of Monopoly. Since their go-to board was one Justin made in high school, and a few cards were missing, he wanted to create a new board as a Christmas gift to Michal that would celebrate their relationship. After a while, he decided to up-the-ante and pop the question with the new board. Justin called on his friend, woodworker Mark Becker, to pitch his idea. Mark obliged none-the-less and Justin got to work on naming the custom properties. Mark runs an Etsy shop called Old Redwood that features his elaborate work. He was able to build the custom board in just over three weeks.
Naturally, the property names correspond to important places and events to Justin and Michal. The place names include the streets where they grew up, their favorite vacation spots (Maui and Napa got notable placements), and for the ultra-valuable Park Place and Boardwalk, their current apartment number and “Home Sweet Home,” respectively. Justin graciously thrifted the Monopoly money and the special gold pieces and houses.
(I literally didn't notice the cat in this photo for at least 20 minutes)
But Justin needed to create a way to pop the question through the game. So he planted a special proposal card on Chance, seven spots into the game. From there, he planned to get down on one knee and show off the game board’s trap door. Justin used loaded dice, so that Michal would roll a seven and get to Chance on her first try. When the big moment came, Michal fell right into Justin’s perfectly-laid plan. Michal was excited to have landed on Chance and still didn’t suspect anything until she read the specially made card.
From there, Justin got down on one knee and pulled out a long wire key, with which he popped open the trap door. And I guess you could say Justin passed Go and Michal collected because the couple is now happily engaged and we couldn't be more excited for them!
Kudos to Justin on a completely devour the detail worthy proposal! We wish you two a lifetime of laughs and many more games of Monopoly!