Friday, January 20, 2012

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

Timothy Tiah Ewe Tiam snuck up on his long-time love interest, Audrey Ooi Feng Ling, at Neroteca, a restaurant in Malaysia, and began showing her poster-sized printed memes such as Socially Awkward Penguin, Y U NO Guy and Success Kid.

At the end of the meme-ridden surprise, he knelt and confessed, “I’m very nervous and terrified about this, but I love you and I think you’re my soul mate. And I can’t see myself living without you in my life. Will you marry me?”

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

A gamer named Mihai surprised his girlfriend, Miruna, with a virtual ring in the Crime City mafia video game on Google+.

Funzio, makers of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, helped Mihai pull off the proposal. Miruna found the ring in her character's inventory and said yes.

7. Google Maps

A New York City woman used a Nexus One and the Google Maps mobile app to complete this scavenger hunt that ended with a marriage proposal.

Google software engineer Ari Gilder orchestrated the “ultimate romantic scavenger hunt” for his girlfriend, Faigy, to ask for her hand in marriage.

“When she got to the checkered pin that marked her last destination, her seventh and final rose also came with a question — but this one was from me, and it wasn’t any ordinary question. I’ll leave it to you to guess what her answer was,” Gilder said.

8. Groupon Deal

A Cincinnati man used a Groupon deal to get engaged.

The deal revealed intimate details about the couple's relationship and included this proposal message:

"Dana, I have told you many times that I was the luckiest man ever. Somehow fate brought us, a perfect match, together. Over the past four-and-a-half years, we have traveled around the world, watched more movies than we could possibly count, and spent as little time apart as humanly possible. Through good times and bad, distances between us, and the odds against us, we always made it because of each other. I want the amazing times to continue by spending the rest of my life with you—the sweetest, most beautiful, and smartest woman in the entire world. Will you marry me? –Greg"

9. Words With Friends

Zynga's Scrabble-like game, Words With Friends, helped Megan Lawless of Chicago and Jasper Jasperse of the Netherlands randomly meet, get engaged and eventually wed.

Their dialogue within the game's chat feature led to emails and video chats before meeting in person to tie the knot.

10. Lolcat

I have no words for this, so I'll let the lolcat speak for itself: "hai thar, Loretta! can Jon has yr hand in marridj? look, teh ring! -> ... sry, iz not mous :["

Loretta's lolcat response: "I CAN HAS HUZBIND? YES! ok, dat iz nice ring .... [mous stil work bettr]."