On Valentine's Day, James Greig brought a copy of the Observer Magazine to his girlfriend, Katie Moore, as they luxuriated in a hotel for the weekend. On the cover was his own face, attached to his own body, kneeling on his own one knee, offering up a ring. No, it wasn't a single, novelty copy of the publication—it was the real thing. As in, a public Jumbotron proposal gone for all of Britain to see.
The Observer chose the couple to feature in their Valentine's Day issue, although until she saw the cover, Ms. Moore thought the interview she had done with an Observer reporter was for a "story on long-distance relationships," according to the BBC. Of course, she soon found out the truth. And said "yes."
The Observer says this is the first cover-proposal for any national paper. And while it may not be The New York Times, the magazine has a circulation of 215,000 and certainly the potential to end this relationship in a hail of very public tears.
Here's to all the brave grooms-to-be who convince a magazine to let them try this gimmick in the future. And although they surely all hope to succeed, there's still time left to be the first proposal to fail in front of an entire nation of rapt readers.