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Gamer surprises girlfriend with 'Super Mario Bros' proposal

"Geeks do it better!"

That's what Shane Birkinbine wrote in the caption for a video that captured his unique proposal to his girlfriend last week.

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In the video, Birkinbine's girlfriend, Pam Edwards, plays the legendary "Super Mario Bros." video game with encouragement from Birkinbine.

Before long, Edwards' Mario character approaches a series of brick blocks.

"What does that say," Birkinbine asks his girlfriend.

"Where?" she answers.

"The blocks," he answers. "It spells out your name."

Delighted, Edwards asks Birkinbine how her name appears in the game.

Birkinbine, a self-proclaimed master gamer, says he built the level on Super Mario Bros Maker.

As Edwards' character continues to navigate through the level, the message is spelled out in full: "Pam, will you marry me?"

"Yes, of course," she says while laughing.

"Alright, go finish (the game) now," he says after the positive reply.

Edwards and Birkinbine met on a year and eight months ago, USA Today reported.

"Pam bought me the game for the Nintendo Wii several months ago," Birkinbine told USA Today. "Being busy with life and working, I had not had a chance to create my own level. So, it came to me to make the very first level a marriage proposal. It just seemed to fit as we both enjoy Mario games. So, over the course of a week, I would work on it after I got home in the evenings when she was fast asleep."

If any other Mario-loving gamer wants to borrow Birkinbine's proposal idea or if anyone simply wants to play through the proposal level, the level code is 7A61-0000-0245-8DE8, Geekologie reported.

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Couple meets on Twitter, has Twitter-themed proposal

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The love story of Anuj Patel and Sumita Dalmia began with a tweet. Two years later, their Twitter-themed proposal ended with one, too. 

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Patel, 26, and Dalmia, 27, fell for each other through the social media network, exchanging tweets for the first time in 2013. And once he knew he'd fallen, Patel proposed to Dalmia last month in an all-out Twitter-themed event, down to the font, graphics, hashtag and time stamp.

He planned to have Dalmia's sister take her out on a day of fun -- masked as a "Christmas present" -- starting with a glam appointment at a salon in the city. Then, the clues began.

Patel had created a Twitter-themed scavenger hunt with instructions and several clues packaged in an envelope -- clues designed to look just like a tweet, time stamped exactly for the moment each would land in her hands.

Each clue led Dalmia to a different iconic location in their relationship and included the hashtag #SumitaFindAnuj.

Photos: Anuj and Sumita's Twitter-themed proposal

Not only did Patel create the paper versions for her to hold, but he live-tweeted the entire thing, too.

After leading Dalmia to some of their relationship's memorable locations around the city, the penultimate tweet-clue led Dalmia on a horse-and-carriage ride to a hotel in Atlanta, where Patel had a room booked and a dress waiting.

After changing into her new black and blue dress, Dalmia went up to the hotel's helipad where Patel was waiting for her, holding a final tweet that read: "Will you marry me?"

Of course, she said: "YES!"

Back in 2013, Patel posted on Twitter about an extra ticket to Jazoo, an event hosted by Zoo Atlanta. Little did he know, the stranger who would respond would became his fiancé just two years later.

Though Patel had given his extra Jazoo ticket away before he heard from Dalmia, the two immediately connected and exchanged contact information.

"I remember joking with a friend that day, saying, 'I think I just met the man of my dreams,'" Dalmia said.

Photos: Anuj and Sumita's Twitter-themed proposal

The last tweet-clue was time stamped for 5 p.m., exactly when the sun would set on the newly engaged couple that chilly December evening.

Dalmia said she was amazed at the detail that went into each and every clue and that the proposal was very reflective of their relationship.

Patel and Dalmia are expected to marry in fall 2016 and have chosen the perfect hashtag to commemorate their big day: #Tweethearts2016.

Marine's surprise proposal honors girlfriend's late father

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A New Year's Eve proposal was particularly memorable for an unknowing woman whose father was honored in a special way.

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Cpl. Matthew Auriel would've wanted to ask for his girlfriend's father's blessing before asking for her hand in marriage. But he was unable to do so because Charity Kirk's father, Lt. Trent Kirk, was killed in a fire in 2003.

Even still, Lt. Kirk was there in spirit when Auriel proposed.

"I knew it was going be special to her. I knew how much of a role model he was to her, and I just wanted to involve him," Auriel said.

He surprised Charity at a fire museum she was visiting with her nephew. Her father's name is engraved on a wall at the museum honoring heroes who fell in fire-related incidents.

Auriel was waiting in front of Kirk's plaque with a bouqet of flowers.

"I was a little nervous," Auriel said. "Once I came around the corner everything just went out. I was just focused on her."

"What're you doing here?" Charity asked Auriel when she saw him. She later said she was completely surprised by the proposal and didn't expect it at all.

Auriel wanted to propose before returning to his military base since he doesn't know when he might leave again with potential deployment.

Charity said yes. Now, the couple feels as if Lt. Kirk will always be watching over them.

"I wanted to make it special for her and involve him in some kind of way and the best way I could think of was to do it here," Auriel said.

The special moment was caught on camera. Watch the proposal below.

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Ditched bride wears wedding dress to 5K color run

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Imagine receiving a text message from your fiance telling you it's time to call it quits. 

Most people would be outraged and extremely disappointed.

But for one Tampa woman, it was liberating.

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Kilee Manulak said she went numb when she received a text from her fiance of two years that said he wanted to call off the wedding, the same week it was supposed to happen, WFLA reports.

“My maid of honor, my mom and all my friends helped me. I was just so devastated,” she said.

But that devastation didn’t last long. Manulak and her bridesmaids decided to join the festivities at the Color Fun Fest 5K in Tampa, Florida. And they went dressed in their gowns. During the race, participants run through stations where they are sprayed with different colored powder.

“It was actually very liberating,” she said. “I don’t want a pity party. I just want to have fun with it.”

Manulak even got on the stage -- something she said she would’ve never done had she gotten married.

“I wanted to keep my dress. I (just) wanted to maybe alter it or do something new to it. But I definitely didn’t want to destroy it,” she said.

Manulak said she wishes her ex-fiance the best.

“I definitely want to tell him thank you for sparing me heartaches down the road and thank you for letting me go so I can find true happiness,” Manulak said.

"It was actually very liberating." Bride has some fun 'coloring' her dress after her fiancé called off the wedding at the last minute... See full story: by WFLA News Channel 8 on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Woman’s engagement ring is her fiancé’s wisdom tooth

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California couple Carlee Leifkes and Lucas Unger just got engaged.

Unger popped the question on Halloween night in front of Leifkes' family and friends. 

What's unique about the couple's love story is the ring Unger proposed to Leifkes with. Instead of a diamond, one of Unger's wisdom teeth sat clasped in the ring band.

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“When we’d spoken about it, I’d said that diamonds are so overrated,” Leifkes told BuzzFeed News. “My birthstone is a diamond. I don’t need one to prove how much someone loves me. He’d already moved all the way from Canada to do that!”

The couple, who met at a music festival in Unger’s native Canada earlier this year, pride themselves on being nontraditional.

The two plan to get married in Las Vegas later this month. 

“I’m going to have a cast, a wisdom tooth ring, a pink dress and Elvis is going to marry us,” said the bride-to-be, who recently broke her leg.

So incredibly excited to marry my best friend, the man who knows that his wisdom tooth means more to me than a diamond....Posted by Carlee Alisan Leifkes on Monday, November 2, 2015

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Bride presents ‘proof of virginity’ on her wedding day

When Breyln Bowman was 13, she decided she would save herself until marriage. She even promised her pastor father, Dr. Mike Freeman, that she would maintain her purity.

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Nine years later, Bowman has tied the knot and is now a married woman. In a ceremony held on Oct. 10, Brelyn married her best friend, Tim Bowman, after dating for three years. But at the wedding, the bride did something unexpected.

She presented a certificate of purity to her father.

The certificate reads:

“On the 10th of May 2006, I, Brelyn Freeman, made a vow to glorify God in my body and spirit which are God’s because I have been bought with a price (Jesus). I have kept this commitment and present this certificate to my father Dr. Michael A. Freeman to show him I have honored God and my earthly father in my body by maintaining my purity.”

The certificate was signed by Brelyn's gynecologist.

Brelyn and members of her family posted photos and messages on social media about the certificate, garnering tons of comments on the posts.

Who knew that a pic like this would get so much negativity but a natural man will not understand things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to them!!! #meetthebowmans #readyourbible #prayingforyou A photo posted by @drmikefreeman on Oct 18, 2015 at 3:33pm PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

“Who knew that a pic like this would get so much negativity,” her father wrote.

Some commenters have praised Brelyn for waiting, and others have criticized the public posting of what they say should have been a private moment.

Apparently some people on social media are trying to decide if they like or don't like my commitment of waiting/presenting a certificate to my dad. I started to want to explain/go in depth then I looked to my right my husband is swimming in the pool. I looked ahead & saw the Indian Ocean. So while they're deciding I'll enjoy the promises of God for my life!  #MeetTheBowmans #livingmybestdays #mychoicemylife #goodlife A photo posted by Brelyn Bowman (@brefree) on Oct 16, 2015 at 7:04am PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

The newlyweds have used the media attention they’ve received as a platform to promote their values of waiting until marriage.

Couple reveals too much in their engagement announcement

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Social media gets any message out to all your family and friends quickly. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. 

One couple found that out the hard way.

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In a Facebook post one woman posted a photo of her and her fiance as she brandished her ring finger.

"I am truly blessed today as the love of my life has asked me to marry him. Words cannot express how happy I feel and how lucky I am. He wasn't able to give me a real ring yet, but what matters is what's on the inside. I know that we were will be happy together, regardless of material things. Be on the look out for save-the-dates!" she wrote.

The photo shows the happy couple on a couch with excited expressions.

But it's what was in the corner of the photo that got people talking.

"Is that what I think it is in the corner?" one person commented.

A closer look shows an opened box for a pregnancy test.

"Well, I guess what's on 'the inside' really does matter," another commenter wrote.

One man, presumably her father, even posted, "Honey, you should call us. Your mother is confused."

The woman must not have realized the pregnancy test was also in the photo because she voiced confusion about why everyone was asking if she's pregnant.

Eventually, she saw what everyone else had seen.

"Oh," the woman posted. "Hey, we're having a baby too."

Baton Bob exchanges symbolic vows amid celebration

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Baton Bob, Atlanta’s famous gender-bending and baton-twirling Midtown street performer, wore a white wedding dress and a big grin as he strode to a flowery altar on the edge of Piedmont Park Friday.

He was about to symbolically marry local chef Gary Bender — wearing an electric blue bow tie and matching sash — just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

Bob, whose real name is Bob Jamerson, and Bender had planned the “Conscience Coupling Coronation” long in advance. So the timing of the court’s ruling was a happy coincidence.

“We didn’t plan this around the court ruling, but I am grateful that it arrived,” Jamerson said moments before he exchanged vows, rings and kisses with Bender. “We are not legally doing it tonight. We are doing it out of love. We want to show the world that love is love and we don’t need a government to tell us who we need to love.”

Asked if they would marry legally, Jamerson said he and Bender were going to “sort through that.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of people were celebrating up the street at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, cheering, waiving rainbow flags and dancing to bass-thumping music. Nabil Mousa and Scott Richter were among them, wearing big floppy tie-dyed hats. Mousa’s shirt declared “Born this way.” The couple married in San Diego last year because Georgia had outlawed same-sex marriage.

“It’s an amazing process,” Mousa said of the high court’s decision.

Richter added: “He is legally my husband in Georgia now – they have no say.”

Garrett Cockayne stood across the street taking it all in.

“It’s almost an ‘I-told-you-so’ for all of us who have been marginalized over the last how many years,” he said. “It’s like our birthday.”

Matthew Dolloff said he was hoisting his rainbow flag with pride, pride he wished he had when he was younger. As a professor at Georgia Perimeter College, Dolloff said he has seen how much support younger generations have shown for same-sex marriage. He added tears come to his eyes when he thinks about what his 20’s could have been like if his community showed this much support as Atlanta does now.

“I’m happy,” he said while trying to hold back tears. “I’m really, really happy.”

Randy Bozarth never expected Georgia to recognize same-sex marriages, including his own. He met his spouse, Hyram, in 1991. They said “I do” in 2013 in Maryland.

“It’s still a celebration even though I’m already married,” he said. “Now it’s recognized here. Georgia will have to deal with that.”

Not everyone was celebrating Friday. Alveda King, an author and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., issued a statement warning the court’s ruling is “not the final word.” She quoted Galatians 6:7, which says: “Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”

“In the end, natural law, God’s law, will always trump common law,” she said. “Do not fear or be confused or deceived. Remain prayerful. Keep looking up. God will have the final word in this matter.”

Jamerson dismissed King’s comments Friday, saying he was focused on love and not marriage. He and Bender chose Friday for their ceremony because it marks the second anniversary of Jamerson’s controversial arrest in Atlanta.

At the time of his encounter with police, Jamerson was wearing a wedding dress on a Midtown street corner and celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end the federal ban on same-sex marriage. He was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of obstruction against an officer, all misdemeanors. Those charges were ultimately dropped and the city has since agreed to pay Jamerson $20,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed.

A vocalist sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as Jamerson danced slowly with Bender on the altar. Jamerson cried when it was all over. And a long line of well-wishers lined up to hug him and cry with him.

Watch: Basketball 'injury' becomes wedding proposal

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While the Warriors' Steph Curry is this year's NBA MVP, a gentleman named Alex Johnson had made his case to be MVP in other gyms.

Johnson challenged his girlfriend, Brey Dorsett, to a game, in front of their friends, only to pull off the play of the year.

After scoring two quick points, Johnson makes a move for a third basket, which is when you have to see what happens next.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married! Details on the wedding

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It was almost 10 years in the making: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married! Cue media frenzy and our hearts leaping out of our chests. 

According to People magazine, the pair married Saturday in France. 

There had been rumors for years they'd marry at their sprawling Chateau Miraval estate there. It features a vineyard and dozens of rooms.

Different media have varying amounts of detail here. E! says the ceremony was private and held at a small chapel.

The outlet says the pair's six children were part of the nuptials, that Maddox and Pax walked Jolie down the aisle, Zahara and Vivienne were flower girls and Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers. Yep. Hearts. Melting.

The couple got engaged in 2012 when Pitt proposed with a ring he'd designed. For some time they said:

"We would not be getting married until everyone in this country had the right to get married."

"And I love that."

​But they changed course. Still, in May of this year, Jolie said things were ambiguous. 

"We don't have a date, and we're not hiding anything. ... The important thing is that whenever we do it, that the kids do have a great time, and we all take seriously the love and the connection between all of us."

Fifty-year-old PItt and 39-year-old Jolie have been together since 2005. 

And the wedding comes on the heels of news the two will film steamy scenes together for their upcoming film, their first on-screen reunion since the movie they met on: "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

It was written and is being directed by Jolie. They're filming near the couple's home in the Republic of Malta.

And we hate to, but have to point it out: Add this to the long list of ironic coincidences over the years. The news totally overshadowed what would've been Thursday morning's big entertainment news story:

Jennifer Aniston's "Friends" reunion on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night.

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