The Top Five Most Extreme Marriage Proposals
Man Goes to Extreme Publicity Lengths to Pop the QuestionRand & Geraldine Fishkin, Seattle, Washington
Rand had been dating Geraldine for about 5 years and the time had come for Rand to pop the question. Rand wanted to propose in a genuine, unique, and completely romantic way, equal to the love he felt for Geraldine. Being a major NFL fan, Rand began to play with the idea of proposing via a Super Bowl commercial. Obviously the task would be monumental but luckily Rand works within an industry that may make the idea work. Rand works within search marketing, specializing in search optimization, online viral marketing, and things of this nature. Rand started on his idea in late August of 2006. He put together a website and started working his magic. Rand started to draw a lot of attention online. On his website he posted his game plan, the hurdles that lie ahead, and the solution he needed to execute the Super Bowl commercial proposal.
Rand found that in order to purchase ad space during the 2007 Super Bowl, he would have to raise approximately $2.5 million dollars. He put up a good chunk of his own cash and waited for the donations to pour in. By February 1st, just 3 days prior to the Super Bowl, Rand had only collected $85K. The wedding invitations would be covered but unfortunately this was not nearly enough for the Super Bowl ad space. His proposal publicly gained the attention of Entertainment Tonight, MSNBC, Good Morning America, and Fox News just to name a few. Despite all of this, CBS was unwilling to part with the valuable ad time for a mere $85K. Rand did the next best thing and purchased local ad time during Geraldine's favorite television show Veronica Mars. On February 6th at 9:23 PM, as Geraldine was watching the show, Rand's ad came on the screen, asking Geraldine to marry him. She said yes! Her response was genuine, sweet, and very romantic.
Rand donated the remaining money raised to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
Man Goes to Extreme Heights to Pop to QuestionAlexander and Graciela Loucopoulos, New York, NY
Alex wanted to give Graciela a very special birthday gift and booked a Boeing 727 aircraft to take them on a zero gravity adventure. The Boeing 727 is designed to fly up to 35,000 feet and then nose dive to 24,000, allowing the passengers to experience a near zero gravity effect. While Alex and Graciela were floating in the cabin, Alex popped the question.
Alex was a bit worried that while in zero G, the ring might float away but luckily everything worked out. Graciela not only received a great birthday present but they experienced an amazing proposal, a love so strong, unbound by gravity itself.
Graciela is an architect and space enthusiast. The couple plan on spending their ten year anniversary in orbit.Read about Alexander's zero gravity marriage proposal!
Man Goes to Extreme Depths to Pop the QuestionDan and Justine, USA
It was Justine's birthday and Dan had planned a grand birthday getaway to Cancun. Dan coordinated with her work to make sure she secured the necessary vacation time. He did not tell her where they were going but Justine surmised it was someplace warm since Dan had packed three swimsuits the night before their trip.
Dan was able to keep their destination secret until they arrived at the airport. Justine was ecstatic to learn they were leaving for Cancun! When they arrived, they settled into the hotel and spent the whole day shopping and eating.
The next morning Dan had planned a SCUBA excursion. The weather was gorgeous and the reef and tropical fish were stunningly colorful. While underwater, the group dive master had everyone take a seat on the ocean floor. For some reason the divemaster was taking his time initiating the underwater tour and Justine wondered what the hold-up was. Justine looked over at Dan who was maneuvering his fins to prop himself up on one knee. He took a small box out from his diving vest and opened it to reveal a beautiful ring attached to a string. He placed it on her finger and although they could not speak underwater they touched regulators and her answer was obvious. Once they surfaced there were congratulations all around from the dive group.
Dan and Justine spent the rest of their vacation with more shopping, swimming in the ocean, getting pampered and eating a surprise, post-dinner birthday cake. Justine hopes to return the romantic gesture by celebrating their first anniversary on another underwater SCUBA trip.
Man Goes on Extreme Trek and Pops the QuestionBig Xiong and Yu Xiong, Nepal
Big Xiong had been planning his treacherous Mt. Everest hike for some time but had not planned on having any significant visitors during his trip. Big had reached the Zhangzi Apices base camp on Everest where he was pleasantly surprised by the arrival of his longtime girlfriend Yu Zhang who had come to cheer him on. Big was so happily overwhelmed by Yu's support that he immediately left the camp to round-up the team leaders and bring them back to Yu's camp. No one knew what Big was planning but once everyone was present, Big walked over to Yu who was sitting patiently on a spring bed mattress. Big kneeled down and said, "Everest as a testament of my love, will you marry me?" Yu delightfully said yes and the couple were married on the spot with famous mountaineer Liangpu Yu presiding over the wedding ceremony.
Man Goes through Extreme Heat to Pop the QuestionTodd and Malissa Grannis, Grants Pass, Oregon
Todd has some interesting friends. One in particular is well-known stunt man Eric Barkley who's done many human-torch fire jumps. Todd devised a plan to not only entertain family and friends at their annual 4th of July family reunion but to also propose to his girlfriend Malissa.
With Eric's help, Todd set up a stunt to launch himself off a platform above a swimming pool while being completely engulfed in flames. Eric dressed him in the appropriate fire-retardant attire, with flaming cape and all. Todd alerted his family of his proposal plans and the entire event was kept secret from Malissa until sundown.
Eric fashioned a torch out of an aluminum pole and with Todd ready to jump from the platform over the pool, Eric lit Todd's cape on fire and seconds later he became complete engulfed in gasoline induced flames. Todd ran off the platform in a breath-taking display of dangerous excitement. The burning man soared through the air against the night sky and landed in the pool, extinguishing himself from the fiery blaze.
Todd surfaced and pulled off his hood, walked over to Malissa and got down on one knee.
"Malissa, you make me hot. I want to get the point across that I'm on fire for you.", said Todd.
Malissa was laughing from the excitement and insanity of the whole display.
"I kept laughing, thinking he was so funny-why was he on his knees?" Then Todd pulled out the ring and popped the question.
"Will you marry me, Malissa?"
Todd placed the ring on her finger . "Yes!" she exclaimed.
The couple had been dating for a year and had discussed marriage but never seriously. They also share a personal hero, Richard Branson and his adventurous, risk-taking personality.