For a senior engineering project, a team of students at Hope College in Michigan created an engagement ring box with a tiny camera in it for filming proposals. Now their Ring Cam is taking off as an actual business. When their prototype was still in development, the students asked some of their friends who were getting engaged to try out the camera and film the moment when their now-fiancees said yes. When the team saw the emotional videos the Ring Cam had captured, they knew they had created something special. “It’s definitely one of the most important moments in a couple’s relationship, and to be able to share that instantly with all your friends and family, and actually show them the moment and his or her actual reaction, the genuine surprise, and giddiness — it’s wonderful,” Scott Brandonisio told WZZM News. The creators even took the Ring Cam to an open-call audition for “Shark Tank,” the reality show for aspiring entrepreneurs, though there’s no word yet on whether they’ll head to the next round and make it on the show. Keep reading »
An engagement is an exciting and joyous occasion for any couple, but you know what makes it even more exciting and joyous? Having Bill FUCKING Murray crash your engagement photoshoot. Erik Rogers and Ashley Donald hired Charleston, South Carolina, photographer Raheel Gauba to take their photos and, oh hey, somehow Murray, who has a history of just turning up in odd places, wandered onto the scene. The actor started hamming it up, trying to make the couple laugh, and that’s when Gauba decided to just ask if he wanted to be in a photo. ”Sure I would,” Gauba said. “I took the shot and off he goes.” As Bill Murray DOES. [Gawker]
Maryanne Firth, a reporter in Welland, Ontario, didn’t mind that it was her turn to work last weekend. She’d finally get to learn what was behind the mysterious pink heart posters that started popping up all over town in late April. Read more on Newser…
Stephanie Smith and Eric Schulte — best known as the “300 Sandwiches” blogger and her boyfriend, Poor Man’s Alexander Skarsgaard — are engaged … but it only took 257 sandwiches for him to put a ring on it. Smith and Schulte gained notoriety last September, when Smith began her quest for a book deal, I mean her blog, detailing her boyfriend’s (joking!) promise to propose if she made him 300 sandwiches. The blog featured recipes for, yes, each of the sandwiches she was making him on that romantic journey, garnering Smith and Schulte quite a bit of positive and negative attention. Smith got her book deal, but it came with a good amount of scorn from the internet, including The Frisky, for the inherent retro sexism of their bargain. Earlier today, Smith posted on her blog that Schulte had proposed and she had said yes. (And then he said, “Now get back in the kitchen and make me my 258th sandwich!” Just kidding.) Keep reading »
A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on a roof deck with two friends, enjoying the first rays of the pre-summer sun and drinking a beer when I looked up in the sky and saw someone’s life change. A skywriter was doggedly etching a message out into the cloudless blue expanse. We paused our conversation to watch the words form. We didn’t see the name, but the words “Will You Marry Me?” hovered against the blue for a few minutes until they eventually vanished.
“Did that really happen?” my friend asked.
I shrugged. “It’s probably an ad for something,” I said. “Who actually does that?”
Later, through the power of the internet, I found out that the stunt that half of Williamsburg had seen that Sunday wasn’t an insidious marketing campaign for a summer rom-com. It was a real proposal, with a happy ending (spoiler alert: she said yes). I’m sure this couple will be very happy together, and I wish them the best, but the mortification I felt at the notion of the public proposal cannot be denied. Keep reading »
If you attended a ”ring by Spring” college like myself, you know that soul-crushing pressure to find your one and only during your four-year stint of higher education. And if you thought getting your MRS degree was an antiquated cliché of days past, think again. RingBySpring.com is now a real website, and it could be coming to a college near you. I know this because, guess what, my university is among those involved. Read more on TresSugar…
This amazing macaroni & cheese ring has been making the rounds online this week. Many people seem to think it’s just a silly little novelty accessory, but I happen to find it extremely romantic. In fact, my boyfriend and I don’t want to get married, but if he were to get down on one knee with this ring, well, I’d probably reconsider. Here are five reasons that everyone should ditch the whole “diamond engagement ring” trend and propose with macaroni & cheese rings instead: Keep reading »
‘Twas the season for engagements and this Washington State couple won. Bethany Albert came home on Christmas Eve to discover her whole family dressed in Regency garb and holding scripts that her boyfriend David Slater had written to reenact the perfect Pride & Prejudice-themed proposal in character. David played Mr. Darcy and Bethany, of course, played Lizzie Bennet! Click through to see how Bethany’s family pulled it all off to ensure an August wedding! [All images by Lisa Hepfur via Imgur and BuzzFeed]
When bride-to-be Micaela Harris told her sister she had an engagement cake all lined up for her party, her sister insisted on being the one to bring the cake. Micaela agreed and her sister went about getting her a custom-made cake from New Zealand bakery, Oh Cakes. Somewhere along the way, Micaela’s sister got in an argument (the details of which are not specified unfortunately) with Emma McDonald, the owner of Oh Cakes. That’s when things got crappy. Keep reading »
On April 15 of last year, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and almost 300 were injured. One of those injured was James Costello of Malden, Massachusetts, who was photographed with serious burns and his clothes torn following the blast. Three of Costello’s friends lost their legs and others suffered burns and shrapnel injuries.
Costello spent several weeks at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent surgeries to get pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and right leg. He was then transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where one of his nurses was a woman named Krista D’Agostino.
Now, these two are engaged. Keep reading »