Valve employee Chandler Murch presented an engagement ring to his girlfriend while she was wearing a VR headset, and then totally backed it up with the real thing.

On her Facebook page, Kelly Tortorice recalls the most romantic use of VR technology so far:

“So there I was, typical day…on a sunken ship deck; fixing robots; painting three-dimensional fire; walking through the Alps; and then suddenly, a virtual engagement ring started floating my way. Chandler told me to grab it. Then told me to take off my headset, and there he really was, on one knee, with a real ring. It wasn’t imaginary anymore. But I didn’t say yes. I said, “OF COURSE I WILL MARRY YOU!” Thank you for such a hilarious and fun surprise. I love you and I can’t wait for the life ahead of us. “

According to the Ars Technica, Murch used a trackable HTC Vive wand controller programmed to look like an engagement ring so that when Tortorice removed her headset, the real ring took the place of the virtual version.

She noted that her proposal was “a hilarious and fun surprise.”

(via GeekWire)


Kristin of SuperSpaceChick is a lucky lady. She was treated to an elaborate week-long Harry Potter-themed engagement that started with an unexpected letter from Minerva McGonagall stating that she had been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The letter arrived on official Hogwarts letterhead, sealed with wax, and even had owl scratch marks from travel. Kristin suspected her boyfriend Andrew Gallagher, a talented graphic designer, was behind the wonderful letter but the reason behind it was a mystery. All she knew was that additional instructions would follow.

For the next seven days,  Kristin received more letters from characters at Hogwarts with exciting clues and wonderful presents. The magical adventure led the couple to The Strand bookstore in NYC where Andrew got down on one knee and presented Kristin with a ring in a custom made snitch ring box. Of course she said yes! Duh!

Check out some of the amazing work that went into the week-long Harry Potter engagement story after the break.

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These beautiful engagement photos evoke the love between Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand from Game of Thrones. Betrothed cosplayers Jesse and Nick first met online because of their passion for the series and specifically for their belief in the R+L=J theory. They even have R+L=J tattoos.

Jesse hand painted the trim details on their costumes while the jewelry was 3D printed by Etsy artisan PrintMyProps.

Instead of a desert climate like Dorne, the pair took photographer Matthew Druin to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The deep greens and old stone structures are the perfect backdrop for their vibrant costumes.

Check out more wonderful photos from this GoT engagement session after the break…

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We featured a beautiful set of Doctor Who wedding bands from etsy seller Cloud9Tungsten in the past, and now we’ve got even more great designs from the shop.

There are designs for fans of the Rebel Alliance and Imperials, Batman, and Legend of Zelda. Each features a wedding band for him and her as well as an engagement ring with tungsten carbide, cubic zirconia, and sterling silver.

The sets are priced at $150, which leaves you plenty of room to replace that fake stone with the real thing. It even includes free engraving.

See more pictures after the break.

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This Cthulhu-inspired engagement ring by DTEK Designs was a custom design for a client. We’ve featured Drew’s jewelry before (we’re fans) and, while this beautiful creation is currently not available for sale, it’s a good example of the delightfully insane custom designs that are possible.

Head after the break to see more pictures of this stunning ring.

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Mike and Tracy, a.k.a. A to Z Cosplay, attended this year’s Dragon Con. They put on their Hawkeye and Black Widow costumes and went to the roof of the Hilton for a photo shoot. Much to Tracy’s surprise, Mike used the occasion to propose. Awwww! I wonder if they can get Director Coulson to officiate their wedding.

Photos by Short Fuse Pinups.

See a few more shots after the break.

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Guess what happens when two Lewis Carroll fans get engaged? They do an Alice in Wonderland-themed engagement announcement of course! These two lovebirds partnered up with Fandi.es in Valencia, Spain for the shoot, and I have to say that the whole thing turned out rather wonderfully.

Check out some more pics from the shoot after the break…

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This custom ring box is the work of Paul Pape who has turned a plastic model kit for a Farscape DRD into an adorable ring box. He painted it up, added some lights, and then made a special magnetic key that pops open a panel in the DRD to reveal the ring hidden inside. How could anyone say no to this proposal?

See another picture and the video after the break…

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Skyrim has a lot of options on the roleplaying side of the game. Your character can be friendly and flirt and can even enter into a marriage with another character if the Amulet of Mara is present. It unlocks certain dialogue that’s not otherwise available. So, when Sarah Briody’s boyfriend wanted to propose and incorporate their mutual love of Skyrim into the special occasion, he gave Sarah an Amulet of Mara first.

Sarah told Kotaku:

“He gave me the amulet and while I recognized what it was—it didn’t really click as to WHAT it was. I put it on and he started to smile from ear to ear. Then he said:

‘Is that an Amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for.’

“Then it finally registered that he was proposing! He got down on one knee and slipped the ring on my finger.”

D’aww! As you can see from the picture above, she of course said yes.

(Reddit via Kotaku)


Photos courtesy of Paul Pape and Paul Michael Design/Etsy

Geeks are quite creative when it comes to memorable events in their lives—especially weddings and proposals. For the most hardcore fans, ring boxes and even the engagement rings themselves get specialized with a geeky theme. It’s a big moment when you decide to spend your life with someone who is probably just as, if not more, passionate about a fandom as you are. What better way to make them remember that moment forever than by having the items in your proposal be geeky too?

Over the years we’ve shown you a number of amazing custom made rings and ring boxes with themes from Batman to World of Warcraft. But how are these works of geeky art created? If you’re interested in making a special custom engagement ring or ring box but don’t know where to start, we have you covered.

We spoke with two of the best in the business, Paul Michael Design and Paul Pape Designs about how you can have your own custom engagement ring or ring box made. Take a look inside the process with our guide and find some inspiring photos after the break.

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