It's an act of love fit for the 21st century: a man posted a marriage proposal to his girlfriend on the popular Web site Reddit, and he pulled out all the stops -- or rather, memes -- for the task.
Defying the norm, Redditor SirTechnocracy came up with an unconventional way to pop the question by creating a gallery of amusing memes hinting at a proposal. On Monday morning, he posted a link to the gallery on AdviceAnimals, an area of Reddit that houses user-made memes, and awaited his girlfriend's reply. According to SirTechnocracy, his beloved browses Reddit every day and goes by the username Ladytechnocracy. (A little backstory: The couple met online, dated for a bit, and then moved in together a year ago.)
The memes, embedded above, eventually lead to another gallery containing clove-themed art pieces commissioned from 18 talented artists found on DeviantArt. According to SirTechnocracy, many of the custom compositions relate to important moments in their lives and relationship.
"It would be far more romantic to her than just taking her to a restaurant," wrote SirTechnocracy on Reddit. "Especially with all the pictures I commissioned for this (getting all those together took months and a couple thousand dollars)."
Several hours later, Ladytechnocracy found the galleries and became audibly excited. Realizing that she discovered the proposal, SirTechnocracy came into the room, got on one knee, and asked for her hand in marriage.
"I got down on my knees, hugged him, and completely forgot to say yes! Finally, I said 'Yes, I will marry you; now give me the shiny thing' and that was that," wrote Ladytechnocracy on Reddit.
Of course, once other Reddit users figured out that the proposal wasn't a joke, the criticism came swiftly in the form of trolling comments and downvotes, but that doesn't faze the engaged couple.
"In truth, this proposal was just to make her happy; she was with me when we commissioned the ring," wrote SirTechnocracy. "She wanted my actual proposal to her to be a surprise, something we would remember forever and that showed real commitment and understanding."
The lady chimed in about the criticism as well -- and undoubtedly taught a few people about love in the process.
"I reckon a lot of people would be horrified if their significant other used Reddit to propose, but this guy really knows all of the secret things that make me the most happy (and all the typical things that don't)," wrote Ladytechnocracy. "This is, without a doubt, the most romantic thing someone has ever done for me. Forget the roses, chocolates, and champagne. This art, which I can keep forever and revolves around so many of the things over which we bonded, plus the experience of being surprised in my favorite spot online, really takes the cake."
She posted a smile-inducing meme to complete the circle of events.
What do you think of this unconventional way to ask for someone's hand in marriage?