Want proof that love spawns creativity? Look no further than these clever marriage proposals, which take advantage of mediums and tools that weren’t available to previous generations of lovers.
1. Internet Memes
2a. Movie Trailer
This self-proclaimed "Greatest Marriage Proposal EVER" has racked up nearly 21 million views on YouTube. In the clip, Ginny Joiner (see inset) is attending a movie. What she doesn't know is that her boyfriend, Matt Still of Atlanta, created a movie trailer in which he asks her dad whether he can marry her. After the father says yes, Still entertainingly makes his way toward the theater, bursts through the doors and greets Joiner to propose.
2b. Movie Trailer
(Update) Just six month after posting their proposal on YouTube, Matt Still and Ginny Joiner wed in November 2011. This video shows highlights from their wedding day, including a moment where the groom appears overwhelmed at the sight of his bride (see 3:26).
3. Stop Motion
Atlanta filmmaker Walt Thompson used LEGOs and stop-motion animation to put a ring on Nealey Dozier's finger. Thompson reminds us that we're never too old to express ourselves through toys.
4. iPhones and Hidden Cameras
What was described as a proposal using "hidden cameras and special iPhone apps" turned out to just be a promotion: “Since viral videos are both art and science, we wanted to merge both elements to introduce predictability to the videos’ success,” the video's mastermind Michael Krivicka told Mashable in November 2010. “As part of our ‘study’ we staged an elaborate marriage proposal in Central Park and fused tech and romance to see how well each would be received if merged.”
5. Video Game Hack
This guy hacked an EarthBound role-playing game so that the screen would display, "I'm Ness...Wait, no I'm not. I'm Matt, and I love you Liz. Our years together have made for an amazing journey so far, and I want to continue on that road and spend my life with you. Will you marry me, Liz?"
6. Google+ Video Game