September 18, 2014 4:35 PM EDT

HowHeAsked, a website devoted to the art of popping the question, recently spotlighted an especially heartwarming proposal. Eight years ago, Alex met his girlfriend Anna when they were both students at USC. A few weeks ago, he took her back to their alma mater for an a cappella performance — but his plans did not involve sitting and passively enjoying the show. Instead, he enlisted the help of all the university’s a cappella groups to orchestrate a performance during which he eventually got down on one knee and proposed.

Even if you aren’t usually a fan of sappy romance stuff, grab some tissues before watching this one.

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