In March, Michael and I met up with my friend and her boyfriend for a double-date. I already knew that they’d gone to look at rings, but their big news that night was that he had gone ahead and bought it, and already talked to her mom and dad about proposing to her. I was thrilled for my friend: She is one of the coolest people I know, her boyfriend is a really good guy, they work well together, they’ve started building a life that suits what she wants, and now they’re making it official — things are working out really nicely for them.
When we left the bar and were safely out of anyone’s earshot, and asked Michael to stop. “I just want to be clear,” I told him, “I want to get married. That’s where I’m headed. I’d like to know if that’s what you want, too.”
“Yeah,” he said, and smiled. “Yeah what?” I asked, because I hate having things in uncertain terms. “Yeah, I want to marry you some day,” he replied. Keep reading »
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 »