Monday, 15 August 2011

Real Life Romance - those unusual proposals...

I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for the cute wedding proposal - we've all seen them, right?! The YouTube vids of the big screen at the sports stadium that has the proposal up in lights at half time,  or that guy who made his own movie trailer of a proposal that played at the cinema when he took his girlfriend on a movie date night. There've been flash mob dancers swirling round a guy on bended knee... and then there was that novelist who proposed to his girlfriend in the acknowledgements of his book... oh yes, I like all those fun real life romance things.
So I thought I might include a few on the blog every now and then, so we can all enjoy them! Nothing like warm, fuzzy, romantic :)

So here's the latest one I tracked down - this one falls into the 'unusual venues' category - this from the Boston Globe just this week:

"A Pennsylvania couple sealed the first known engagement at an unlikely setting:the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain.
Why Sam Adams? Beer figures prominently in the couple's narrative.
[Mike] Pinto, 58, and his two brothers own a small beer distribution company and retail store, Three Brothers Beverage Inc., they started 24 years ago back in their own hometown of Bangor, Pa.
That store was where the couple had met, then in other relationships, some 20 years before he asked her out on their first date this past January. A regular customer at his store, she’d see him there often and had always thought he was “cute.”
On past journeys to Boston – a city they said they both love more than any other they’ve visited together – Pinto and Rebollido had made the brewery tour the first sightseeing stop of each trip.
So, the iconic beer manufacturing facility seemed like an ideal choice for Pinto to pop the question.
Plus, he said, “she’d never expect it.”
“Who’d propose at a brewery?" he asked aloud. “People probably wonder, ‘Are we alcoholics or what.’ ”
But, the venue was perfect to the only person to whom it really mattered.
“I love everything about this place,” said his new fiancĂ©e, adding of the proposal. “It was like a movie. I’ve never seen anything more romantic.”
And, she never saw it coming. “I was totally clueless,” she said. “Everyone here was in on it. I was the only one that didn’t know.”
As the couple strolled along the roughly 45-minute tour that began at 10 a.m., Pinto, who had notified brewery staff of his plans earlier this week, tried to keep his composure. He avoided making eye contact with everyone else around him who knew. In his head, he constantly recited what he’d planned to say since picking up the engagement ring on Tuesday.
Before embarking, the group was told cameras would be following them to shoot photos and videos for the company’s website. At the tour’s conclusion, just before the beer tasting was set to begin, the tour’s guide asked the group, “Does anyone have any questions.”
Pinto was the only one who had something to ask.
Still recalling the lines he’d been going over in his head for several days, he said by phone today that he had his girlfriend stand up while he got on one knee, looked up and told her, “It’s been eight months and four days since our first date, and from the beginning I knew you were the one. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
“I kind of figured what he would ask next,” she recalled.
After she said yes, the crowd around them began cheering and applauding."

Awww, go Mike!!! Gotta love a guy who has the guts to go with a public proposal like that! 

Wonderhubs and I got engaged on a walk through Regent's Park in London one Sunday afternoon - it was LOVELY.

So what's the most unusual place you've heard of a couple getting engaged? Antarctica? While skydiving??!!!


Anonymous said...

LOL, gotta love a man that goes with a beer theme! I saw the movie trailer one and thought it was brilliant.

Kristina Knight said...

I'm a sucker for out-of-the-ordinary proposals, too, Natalie! I've heard of a bungee-jump proposal...and I loved the movie trailer, too.

Natalie Anderson said...

Aimee - yes, I giggled over the beer thing too – but good for him – it had sentimental value to them both, so top marks for effort and planning!

Natalie Anderson said...

Kristina - that movie proposal one was a mammoth effort wasn’t it?! And whole family too which was nice. Imagine the bungee – it’d have to be a double bungy, right?! You’d be shouting the question I guess!

Lacey Devlin said...

Aw I love it!