Around the corner from my apartment, there’s a wall that is frequently reserved by graffiti artists for commissioned murals. Sometimes those murals are hideous, often they’re merely “meh,” and occasionally they are truly beautiful. Such is the case with the mural currently occupying the space. Jeff Gurwin, 28, proposed to his girlfriend, Caitlin Fitzsimons, 27, by having the above mural painted on the East Village wall — the Scrabble tiles are a reference to the couple’s mutual love of the game, and the pug is representative of Caitlin’s mom’s dog Parky. Fitzsimons saw the mural on her way to meet Jeff for dinner — she cried and said yes! Thank goodness, as the mural is going to be up for a month. Congrats to the happy couple! And check out an awesome time-lapse video of the mural going up, after the jump… [Village Voice, EV Grieve] Keep reading »
Oh look, it’s another totally adorable movie trailer proposal
. Todd Cavanaugh wanted to propose to his girlfriend Elizabeth Baldanza (Miss New York 2007), so he enlisted a film production crew to make a totally original movie trailer. Man, these guys are making regular old proposals look so lame. [Urlesque
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A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were doing laundry at his parents’ house when I overheard him talking to his mom about his Christmas present for me. Neither, it seemed, realized how easily noise traveled from the kitchen through the dining room to the living room. I could only pick up a few words, like “reservations.” At a separate time, I told him how my present for him was waiting at my parents’ house to be opened on Christmas morning and he replied that it would be really awkward for him to give his gift to me in front of my parents. On top of this, he started teasing me about my present coming in the mail and forwarding me FedEx emails just to taunt me.
Naturally, I started to think he had bought an engagement ring. And in addition to being in love, I felt like I was walking on air.
Then, a few days later, the FedEx package arrived. Keep reading »
The cruel hand of fate has really had it out for matrimony this week. The other day we posted a story about a couple who married in the E.R. after a tragic crash, and this is another even more tragic story. Bethany Lott and her boyfriend Richard Butler were both excited for their hike to the top of Max Patch Bald Mountain in North Carolina. This was a trip that Lott had wanted to make since she and Butler began dating and was happy to finally have it happening. Butler planned to make his girlfriend’s day even more memorable because he was going to propose. With the ring in tow, Butler followed behind Lott for the 4,600-foot climb to the summit. But before he had a chance to ask for Lott’s hand, the couple was struck by a bolt of lightning. The shock knocked Butler to the ground. Once he was alert, he crawled over to Lott—she wasn’t breathing. He tried to revive his girlfriend for 15 minutes, but couldn’t get her to start breathing again. Unable to get a signal with their cell phones, Butler returned to his car and stopped at the first house he saw for help. EMTs arrived and tried to revive Lott but could not, saying that it was likely the lightning instantly killed her. “I put the ring on her finger while the EMTs were working on her,” he said. “They are listing me as her fiancé in the obituaries.” So freaking sad. [Newser] Keep reading »
Since I already posted an epic save-the-date video today, I thought it fitting to share an epic marriage proposal story to carry on the theme. Actually, this happens to be two stories in one. The guy, you see, a professional illustrator, spent eight months searching for the perfect engagement ring (a “100 year old brass ring with an art nouveau design carved into a piece of red coral”), and then proposed to his girlfriend by writing and illustrating a “magical little story for her that revolved around a story of the ring.” He created 22 drawings, secretly working on them for two weeks, and pasted them into a large antique book in which he was able to actually hide the engagement ring in a secret flap. On New Year’s Day, he presented the book to his girlfriend. Keep reading »