WATCH: Winnipeg romantic’s antics catch Ashton Kutcher’s eye
WATCH: Derrick Paulson interrupts his wife’s morning routine in the best way possible.
WINNIPEG — The most romantic man in the world may well live in Winnipeg.
Even Ashton Kutcher says he’s “a boss.”
Derrick Paulson, a creative communications student at Red River College in Winnipeg, posted two YouTube videos showing his wife as he gave her incredible surprise anniversary gifts.
Those videos received a huge boost when Kutcher posted one of them on his Facebook page with the comment “This guy is a boss.” With more than 18 million likes on his Facebook page alone, Kutcher has a massive audience from all over the world.
It was a pleasant surprise for Paulson when he began receiving hundreds of thousands of views on his videos. The one Kutcher posted had more than 1.8 million views on YouTube, while the first had almost 500,000 just before noon Tuesday.
“Ashton sharing the video with his followers is what really set it off. When I saw that, my jaw literally dropped,” said Paulson.
The earlier video, posted in 2009, shows Paulson driving with his wife Dana to a restaurant for their one-year wedding anniversary when he tells her they’re headed somewhere different.
WATCH: A trip to a restaurant is interrupted by a detour — to the Bahamas.
“We’re not going [for lunch], we’re going to the airport,” Paulson says in the video. His wife Dana responds with a loud, “WHAT?” before Paulson explains that the couple are taking a cruise to the Bahamas.
Fast forward five years, and Paulson is still up to his roman-tricks. This time, it’s a trip to Europe.
“Okay, I’ve got some good news. You actually don’t have to go to work today… and you’re definitely going to need this,” he says in the second video, handing her some Euros. “Because we’re going to the airport. Happy anniversary!”
Paulson said it was only about making his wife happy.
“My wife is pretty much my favourite person in the world. She’s super kind and extremely supportive. It feels good to do nice things for nice people. She loves to travel and she’s crazy about surprises, so this was the perfect gift.”
To pull off the perfect present not once, but twice, Paulson spoke to friends, family, coworkers and bosses. He even arranged for people to feed the pets, and had Dana’s parents meet them at the airport to make things smoother.
“Her boss was unbelievably helpful. Without her, this couldn’t have happened. She was just as excited as I was to make this happen and that made things so much easier to plan,” said Paulson.
“After I knew my wife had the time off, everything else just fell into place. I booked the flights, hotel and made sure our house was looked after while we were gone. All that was left was to deliver the good news on the morning we left.”
Paulson said he’s set the bar too high for himself now, but he’s excited about doing something spontaneous for their 10-year anniversary.
And as for any tips for those jealous of his suave skills?
“Don’t be motivated by ‘views’ or ‘likes.’ I recorded this video so my wife and I could look back on it years from now and relive the memory,” said Paulson. “A relationship is what you make of it. If you truly love the person you’re with, why not show them in a creative and memorable way?”
WATCH: Derrick Paulson talks about the response to his viral YouTube videos.
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