Molly Malaney & Jason Mesnick: Inside the Proposal

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After one of the most memorable courtships in reality TV history, The Bachelor cuties Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney got engaged last week.

Jason wanted to pick the picture-perfect setting.

The two returned to New Zealand, where he had first picked Melissa Rycroft on The Bachelor season finale (a decision he subsequently reversed).

Jason and Molly stayed at the lakefront Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown, a property ringed by picturesque white-capped peaks and views.

The big moment for Mesnick and Malaney took place on at the Kohara Lodge, an environmentally friendly house on the banks of the Shotover River.

That's when Jason delivered a diamond and platinum ring (from Chris Harrison and the kind people at ABC a jeweler in his hometown of Seattle).

The Bachelor's Molly Malaney and Jason Mesnick are engaged!

He placed it in a glass of champagne and passed it to Molly Malaney - after setting the timer on his camera to capture the scene for posterity. Swoon.

This time, at least, they were alone. On a previous romantic outing to the picturesque Milford Sound, their romantic picnic ended up being crashed.

A Kea, a rare alpine parrot native to New Zealand, flew down on the couple’s picnic blanket and nibbled on the champagne bottle. Think it's a sign?

Of what, we have no idea. But the smitten pair took it in stride, as always, and even got a photo of their uninvited guest (which you can see below).

No word on whether their awesome new feathered friend will be invited to the wedding, or if anyone on The Hollywood Gossip staff will be either.

Regardless, we couldn't be happier for the couple. We just feel bad for Jake Pavelka. No way he's going to be able to top this true love story.

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All I am missing, really, is someone to share [my life] with. There's no guarantee but 25 girls? I mean it's a real opportunity to find just one.

Jason Mesnick

I haven't dated at all since DeAnna. I wanted to give myself the time to heal so that when I got out there again I was really ready to give whoever I am with the respect and total attention she deserves.

Jason Mesnick