A Blurb Marriage Proposal

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This week we have incontrovertible truth that romance is not dead. Travis Hines wanted to ask his girlfriend to marry him. He wanted an original way to do it. So he asked her in a Blurb book. Here’s his story, plus pictures captured surreptitiously by a photographer friend during the proposal:

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This past December 26 marked the third year since Rachel and I began dating. A little over a month prior to that date, I kicked off my surprise planning. While simultaneously Christmas shopping and scouring the city for the perfect engagement ring, I wanted to do something special for the big moment.

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So I spent a couple weeks digging up every picture we had taken while together over the past three years – rummaging through our cell phones, old computers, Facebook and Twitter accounts. I had over 500 pictures to work with and I managed to design a chronological, full-page photo book capturing many of the wonderful moments where we were together.

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The book was absolutely perfect. With not a moment to spare, the engagement ring was ready two days before Christmas, and my countdown timer was set. We went out for dinner and drinks, and I then had to silently coerce her towards Union Station in Toronto, where one of our first dates had ended.

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We took a seat at the end of the building, where Rachel gave me my anniversary gift, and I handed her the wrapped book. The glow on her face was mesmerizing as we laughed at every picture I had managed to squeeze into the hardcover, all while trying to contain the shaking of my legs.

Then she hit the last photo. A blank page came after that, then a few pages of text I had written. One of those pages had a question on it, at which time I dropped to my knee and reached into my pocket.

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The photos captured the race of emotions from that point on better than I could ever describe. Noticing a camera pointed at us well after the fact only added to the nature of the moment. Our Blurb book has been shared and loved by just about all of our family and friends, and will be a part of our memories of that evening forever.

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We’re proud a Blurb book was part of this moment, and wish them all the best! Check out more of the engagement photos, and post your own congratulatory message in our comments section.

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  1. That’s so sweet, a beautiful way to pop the question. It was great that you had a friend taking photos from a distance. Thanks for sharing it.

    By Lucy
      February 8, 2012 – 11:45 am   Permalink
  2. Men all over the world look for an original way to propose – I think this hits the nail on the head (that and the smell of fresh print) and would have had me in tears of joy. Look forward to the follow up “The Big Day”…

    By Tasha
      February 9, 2012 – 7:57 am   Permalink
  3. Congratulations. :-)

      February 15, 2012 – 10:10 am   Permalink

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