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Man proposes to girlfriend at Whole Foods

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (WSVN) -- What started as a regular trip to the grocery store turned into a big surprise for a South Florida woman.

Never before has Whole Foods been so romantic, but for Vladimir Romannikov, it was the perfect place to propose to his future bride. "So she's over here reading her Kombucha label. I'm here trying to grab one," said Romannikov.

A year ago, Monica Dehombre was checking out the Kombucha tea section at the Coral Gables Whole Foods located on Red Road. She was completely oblivious that Romannikov was seriously checking her out. "I see Monica, and I'm like walking around the store. I'm trying to follow her a little, trying to start a conversation, but she's really serious about her shopping," said Romannikov.

"I didn't even notice him. He was following me around the whole store, and we get to Cash Register Two, and he was like, 'So you shop all organic, huh?'" said Dehombre.

That was it. The mother of all pick-up lines. Romannikov and Dehombre struck up a conversation, walked all the way back to the parking garage together and started dating. "Hey, it worked. It worked," said Romannikov.

When it came down to propose to Dehombre, for Romannikov, it was a no brainier to go back to the place where it all began. "Hi. I'd like to propose to my girlfriend here, can you help me set this up?" said Romannikov.

Whole Foods put the service in customer service and helped set up the whole thing. "We came out, and we met Vladimir, and he was so genuine and had such a fun idea that we were really excited to help him coordinate it," said Whole Foods Market's Camille Lamb.

"I asked them to put rose petals on the floor specifically at Cashier Two, which is where we first met," said Romannikov.

Romannikov had everything planned. He told Dehombre he was taking her out to dinner, so she'd be sure to dress up. On the way to the restaurant, he got a craving for their favorite snack: yucca cheese rolls from the Whole Foods bakery. So, naturally, they stopped in.

Romannikov had coordinated everything with the store leader. "When we arrived, I texted her, 'Parked' and then the second signal, once we were already in the store and said, 'ready' and that's when she made the announcement," said Romannikov.

"And there was an announcement saying, 'Attention customers: Monica and Vladimir please report to Register Two,' and then we started walking and I heard John Legend 'All of Me,' my favorite song playing," said Dehombre.

By then, Dehombre knew exactly what was going on. "I heard the announcement, 'Monica and Vladimir please report,' and then obviously my female intuition kicked in, but it was a complete shock," she said.

"She said,'Yes,'" said Romannikov.

Who knew you could meet your prince charming when shopping for Kombucha? "Shop at Whole Foods to find love," said Dehombre.

Dehombre has started planning the wedding.


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