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Back to Our Future

Andrea and I met at a costume party. She was dressed in a 1950's poodle skirt, and I came as Marty McFly from "Back to the Future", so it was clearly a match made in heaven. "Back to the Future" turned out to be a favorite movie for both of us, and when it was time to propose, I wanted to revisit that theme from our first day.

On a warm June day, I took Andrea to a showing of "Back to the Future," which was being presented as part of a Michael J. Fox retrospective at a film festival in a historic local theater. We had planned this date for months, and we had tickets long in advance, which was somewhat unnecessary since the film festival didn't actually exist.

In reality, I had rented out the theater, and the movie showing was to be the scene of a surprise proposal. The manager was a bit of a romantic, and he was happy to help with supporting details like adding "Back to the Future" to the theater's marquee and getting someone to man the popcorn machine. About 20 friends and acquaintances of mine that Andrea didn't know came to sit in the theater so that it wouldn't look suspiciously empty.

We showed up at the theater just in time, and sat through the previews until "Back to the Future" began to play. After 20 minutes, however, the movie on the screen began to... diverge... from the original script. Using some borrowed chroma key equipment I had digitally replaced Michael J. Fox's face with my own, and with some careful splicing and voice over work, I had staged a conversation between "Doc" and Marty McFly (with my face) about whether it was time to propose. At the end of this conversation, the movie-me then turned to face the camera and prompted the real-me to propose. I got down on one knee, pulled the ring out of my pocket, and asked the love of my life to marry me. She said yes!

Our engagement ring was a twist on the classic diamond solitaire. The stone was an ideal cut round brilliant diamond with VS2 clarity and weighing in just a hair over 1 carat. The setting was custom made by hand engraving a tapered white gold solitaire setting with antique patterns reminiscent of Edwardian jewelery. It's a classic design that will always be in style, no matter how far into the future you want to travel.


Karen | May 06, 2010 | 4:10 AM
Great Story Corey! Hope you win!

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