11 Over-the-Top Gestures That Prove Southerners Do Romance Better Than Anyone Else
Maybe it’s the heat, or slow pace of life, or the soul-pleasing food down here, or the whiskey… but we’ve noticed something about Southerners: we’re partial to falling head over heels. Nobody does a romantic gesture better. While Hollywood and Nicholas Sparks might have spoiled us when it comes to glamorous romance and love stories, some of these real-life lovebirds have taken a cue from the over-the-top scenes and recreated these romantic gestures for their lucky ladies. So yes, the bar is set pretty high for dating Southern belles and Southern gentlemen.
In The Notebook, when Noah hangs from the Ferris Wheel until Allie agrees to date him
There are plenty of romantic scenes from this beloved romantic novel and movie, but what really sets a high expectations for men is when Noah puts his life on the line just to get a date with Allie. When is the last time a man hung 100 feet in the air by one hand to ask a girl out? Is chivalry dead?
When Justin Timberlake Serenaded Jessica Biel on Their Wedding Day
Memphis-born Justin Timberlake serenaded Jessica Biel with a specially-written ballad as she walked down the aisle at their wedding. (We’re told that it wasn’t “This I Promise You”).
In Sweet Home Alabama, when Melanie leaves a man at the altar for her true love
Oh Jake, we all knew that girl was silly not to have seen all along that you were the one for her. After Jake’s own romantic gesture (you know, building a glassware business based on a childhood memory he shared with Melanie), Melanie shows him up by her dramatic inability to sign those divorce papers right before she’s supposed to marry her fancy New York boyfriend. “And the truth is, I gave my heart away a long time ago. And I never really got it back,” she says, before running to Jake whose waiting in a lightning storm on the beach, swoon.
When Beyonce Stopped Mid-Concert for a Marriage Proposal
While performing in St. Louis, Missouri, the Houston-born legend stopped in the middle of her “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” performance so that one of her dancers could propose to another, live, on stage.
The Dying Wish
Grab your tissues. This marriage proposal had us all in tears. When 33-year-old Raul Hinojosa made his final request from his hospital bed in Amarillo, Texas, it was simple: “I want to marry her.” The entire hospital rallied behind the couple – even the director of the critical care unit took off his suit and gave it to Hinojosa to wear, and a judge waived the typical 72-hour marriage license waiting period so that the couple was immediately pronounced husband and wife.
Johnny Cash’s on-stage proposal to June Carter
Johnny Cash said he fell in love with June Carter the first time he ever saw her. He proposed several times, but she repeatedly refused. Finally, on February 22, 1968, in front of a packed venue in Ontario, Canada, Johnny stopped mid-performance, looked at June, and asked her one more time. Maybe it was because of the cheering crowd, or maybe June already loved Johnny, too. But she said yes, and the rest is country music history.
We've Got Proof That Southerners Are More Romantic
Southerners do grand romantic gestures better than most – just think about Noah from Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook. He hung off a ferris wheel until Allie agreed to a date, and then he built her dream home. In A Walk To Remember, Landon completed everything on Jamie's bucket list (and we all cried). But, we aren't just finding these true-love couples in movies; Southerners like Justin Timberlake and Johnny Cash have renewed our faith in the power of love. What's your favorite Southern romance story?
The Fake Fire Drill
This North Carolinian firefighter may have staged a fake fire drill at the school that his then-girlfriend (now fiancé) taught at, but his proposal was anything but a drill. “The fire department and the fire service means the world to me,” said Eric Estep, the husband-to-be. And he knew that his math-teaching girlfriend was “in love” with the students at Guilford High School. So in a showing of grand romanticism, Estep enlisted the school to help stage a fake fire drill. Surrounded by the entire Greensboro Fire Department and all Northwest High School students, Estep proposed… and she said yes!
The Fake Arrest
Well, there’s no questioning that it’s over-the-top. A traditional romantic proposal wasn’t exactly Daiwon McPherson’s speed. So instead of dinner, candlelight and roses, he and his friends in Alabama’s motorcycle community staged a fake arrest to ask his girlfriend of five years to marry him. Nothing too controversial.
In A Walk to Remember, when Landon completes everything on Jamie’s bucket list
Landon knows Jamie is dying of leukemia, so he takes it upon himself to complete everything on her bucket list. Examples included getting tattoos, crossing state lines, and getting married. And cue the tears streaming down our faces.
In Forrest Gump, when Forrest sees Jenny across the crowd and they both run through the Reflecting Pool in the National Mall
If you’ve ever been to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., you know that the Reflecting Pool is not a place you want to go swimming. But that doesn’t stop Jenny and Forrest from reuniting in the pool when Forrest returns from serving in the Vietnam War after being honorably discharged. And that’s all I have to say about that.
In Cold Mountain, when W.P. Inman deserts his Civil War battalion and walks 250 miles from Raleigh to Cold Mountain, NC, to find Ada
And then Ada (played by Nicole Kidman) finds Inman (played by Jude Law) walking in the snow, almost shoots him, and then ends up saving his life. The classic heart-wrenching love story shows that Southern love transcends miles, battles and hardships.