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This Woman Pretended To Be A Bush During Her Sister's Engagement And It's Pretty Funny

Nothing says "marry me" like your sister hiding in the foliage.

Posted on September 30, 2019, at 9:29 a.m. ET

Therese Merkel

When Therese Merkel found out her sister's boyfriend was planning a proposal, she — and everyone else — knew she just had to be involved.

What she didn't know is that her eventual involvement would go viral.

Merkel, 23, grew up in Wisconsin with her sister, Rachel, and to this day the two are still the best of friends. They're so close that among Rachel's proposal requests to her boyfriend, Andrew Philibeck, was that Merkel be there.

So, in secret, Merkel and Philibeck got to planning.

"We came up with a ton of hilarious ideas that were totally ridiculous," Merkel told BuzzFeed News. "We were like, how funny would it be if I was a bush or something?"

Cut to a little while later, and Philibeck sent Merkel a picture of the brand-new ghillie suit he'd bought her. Ghillie suits are camouflage outfits typically worn by hunters to blend into foliage.

Therese Merkel

"I even told Andrew, 'Is this going to ruin the vibe of the romance?'" Merkel said, but Philibeck assured her it would be perfect.

Fast forward a month later, Philibeck picked a scenic spot at a local conservation site, filling it with Rachel's favorite flowers, lanterns, and other decor.

Therese Merkel

When he finally led Rachel to the spot, little did she know that Merkel was crouched in the bushes, totally hidden.

Therese Merkel

"She was so well hidden with the ghillie suit in the bushes that I couldn’t find her so I was nervous that she wasn’t even there," Philibeck said.

After he popped the question, Merkel waited a moment before popping out, much to Rachel's surprise, yelling, "SHE SAID YES, SHE SAID YES!"

Therese Merkel

"She was so confused, she was like, 'What are you, a weird bush?'" said Merkel. "It totally made the moment."

A few days later, Merkel shared some photos of the moment and her disguise on Twitter, where they went viral.

Sister got engaged this weekend and I dressed as a bush in the wilderness to watch/capture the moment. We are 1 yr apart.. why are our lives so different rofl

"It just exploded and it’s really hard to concentrate at work now," she said.

People are very impressed with Merkel.

@theresemerkel @khristenndior ...... the real MVP.......

And a ton of other people tagged their friends and family, demanding a similar level of commitment for their own future proposals.

Therese Merkel

As for Merkel, she finds the attention very fun but wants the emphasis to be on her beloved sister and her special moment.

"I was really just there to cheer them on. It’s all for them," she said. "I'm just so excited that I was a part of it."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.