Romantic Montanan Travels to 26 Countries Over Four Years to Create Epic Lip-Synced Marriage Proposal

May 27th, 2014


When Jack Hyer first dated fellow University of Montana student Rebecca Strellnauer nearly four years ago, he had a gut feeling that he would spend the rest of his life with her, writing in his travel journal, “I’m going to marry this girl, eventually.”

For the next four years, Hyer assembled an elaborate marriage proposal video that features him lip-synching The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” through 26 countries on four continents. Some of the destinations included Cambodia, Israel, China, Greece, France, Turkey and England.

When he returned to the states, Hyer was faced with the immense challenge of editing 16 hours of snippets into a cohesive six-minute video. It took him two full days to complete the task.

On the night of the couple’s May 17 graduation, they invited friends and family to a Missoula restaurant to celebrate the occasion and view what was supposed to be a graduation slide show. Instead, they all witnessed Hyer’s epic video, which concluded with Hyer, in real life, proposing to Strellnauer.

First, Hyer showed Strellnauer and his guests the page in his travel journal where he had written that he would marry her one day.

Then the 21-year-old Montana native said, “I've been on many adventures. I've traveled on elephant, on camelback, hiked to the lowest point on the earth and I've gotten to see some of the highest. But the best adventure I've had is loving Becca."

Spoiler alert: The 22-year-old Strellnauer said, “Yes.”

The video, which was posted on YouTube exactly one week ago, already has been viewed 3.43 million times and has been picked up by the national and international news media.


The couple told ABC News that they plan to stay in Missoula while Hyer finishes graduate school and Strellnauer begins her teaching career. Eventually, they may relocate to San Francisco.

Although the couple plans to have a local wedding, their honeymoon will probably take them to someplace exotic. “We’ve got our passports ready,” Hyer said.

Check out Hyer’s amazing video below:

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