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June 4, 2013 8:20 AM   Subscribe

To document the amazing beauty of the moment, Photographer Brady Dyer had his girlfriend Emma take a 360 panorama at sunset from their rooftop in Florence, Italy, it ended with unexpected sweetness. [slyt | via]
posted by quin (66 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ok, yeah, that was sweet.
posted by bq at 8:23 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I concur!
posted by ook at 8:26 AM on June 4, 2013


Awwwww
posted by Mister_A at 8:28 AM on June 4, 2013


That is really cute and squishy. I also really like this one which was uploaded recently.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:30 AM on June 4, 2013


Is this another proposal video? If so, you should include a warning.
posted by discopolo at 8:31 AM on June 4, 2013 [17 favorites]


Was that chick Australian or English?
posted by Diablevert at 8:31 AM on June 4, 2013


Sounded like a Kiwi to me.
posted by FatherDagon at 8:34 AM on June 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Is this another proposal video? If so, you should include a warning.

Yes, it is.
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:35 AM on June 4, 2013


I think that's a Kiwi accent.
posted by MoonOrb at 8:35 AM on June 4, 2013


Yeah yeah, it's adorable and everything, but have we really learned nothing as a species about putting spoilers in the title of the video? Sigh.
posted by fight or flight at 8:36 AM on June 4, 2013 [7 favorites]


All proposal videos should be under 30 seconds long. Take note, future proposers.

Now, if only the ceremony could be that short...
posted by orme at 8:36 AM on June 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


I thought it might be kind of too perfect, but her dropping the camera and the video shutting off is just wonderful.
posted by xingcat at 8:37 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


All proposal videos should be under 30 seconds long. Take note, future proposers.

Now, if only the ceremony could be that short...


Note: The post-wedding ceremony should certainly last longer than 30 seconds.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:42 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


I love hearing Kiwis.
posted by humboldt32 at 8:46 AM on June 4, 2013


Are you talking about the having of the sex?
posted by Mister_A at 8:46 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awwwww :)
posted by zarq at 8:50 AM on June 4, 2013


Old money if that is that guy's apartment.
posted by Napierzaza at 8:51 AM on June 4, 2013


Definitely a Kiwi. She sounds just like me :)
posted by gaspode at 8:51 AM on June 4, 2013


Are you talking about the having of the sex?

The reception, of course.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:57 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ahhh, that's cute!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:02 AM on June 4, 2013


Dude. All of these sweet and/or elaborate engagement videos have got to be giving would-be proposers a complex. Talk about pressure!

Before: one knee, four words.

Now: marching bands, complicated choreography, multiple cameras to capture every possible angle of reaction, editing of the video, releasing to the world. Costume changes! Cast of thousands!

I like this one, though. Simple and sweet. She's lucky she didn't drop the camera.
posted by Elly Vortex at 9:05 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


have we really learned nothing as a species about putting spoilers in the title of the video?

Given that he resisted the usual temptation to add three minutes of soft focus title cards in an animated handlettered font, "thank you" credits and links to all of his other videos to the end, a wordy and irrelevant pre-video video in which he explains how he came up with the idea and how he hoped it would go, cutesy speech-balloon annotations throughout, or a music soundtrack of any kind, I'm giving him a pass on the title spoiler.
posted by ook at 9:06 AM on June 4, 2013 [15 favorites]


Well done. Nice, simple and personal. No audience.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:07 AM on June 4, 2013


Old money if that is that guy's apartment.

He's a photographer from Wellington, NZ who you can hire to do your wedding photos. I somehow doubt that he owns that place.
posted by yoink at 9:08 AM on June 4, 2013


Dissenting Opinion:

It is gratifying that the plurality recognizes that "that was sweet" and "that's cute!". There have been times when I have wondered whether MeFi was capable of this perception.

I, however, cannot endorse this majority viewpoint as the very act of publishing such a private moment in such a public manner sours the overall sweetness and cuteness of the event.
posted by mazola at 9:11 AM on June 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


And then a seagull swooped in over the rail, lifted off with both camera and ring and hilarity ensued, witnessed first hand through a wide angle lens bopping up and down to the beat of the bird's beating wings.
posted by notyou at 9:16 AM on June 4, 2013


Yeah yeah, it's adorable and everything, but have we really learned nothing as a species about putting spoilers in the title of the video? Sigh.

It is baffling that almost without fail people who post videos to Youtube because they are funny or charming or surprising in some way want to tell you why exactly they are funny or charming or surprising. I can only imagine that these same people tell jokes by beginning, "A kangaroo goes into a bar that is grossly overpriced and as a result, does not see much business from kangaroos or anyone else for that matter. Anyway, the kangaroo says to the bartender..."
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:17 AM on June 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Go on.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 9:19 AM on June 4, 2013


Dude. All of these sweet and/or elaborate engagement videos have got to be giving would-be proposers a complex. Talk about pressure!

I think the most public ones are a way of attention-seeking, avoiding the emotional intimacy of the moment by making it a spectacle.

This one is okay though. It's not worth watching, really. But at least there's no lame song and dance, flash mob, etc. But putting it on the web is attention-seeking.
posted by discopolo at 9:20 AM on June 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Dangit, that was sweet. Internet, you have not jaded me quite yet.
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:28 AM on June 4, 2013


But putting it on the web is attention-seeking

Meh. Most of the videos on that dude's channel get about 50-100 views. He's thinking of it as a way of easily showing this video to his family and friends and then suddenly it goes viral. We put stuff on "the internet" all the time without thinking that we're in any way publicizing them or seeking to make them worldwide phenomena. It's one of the oddities of the medium that that can happen so easily and happens so unpredictably.
posted by yoink at 9:29 AM on June 4, 2013 [12 favorites]


No audience.

156,411 views
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 9:29 AM on June 4, 2013


Most of the videos on that dude's channel get about 50-100 views. He's thinking of it as a way of easily showing this video to his family and friends and then suddenly it goes viral.

I've put some cat videos on YouTube to share, but I made them unlisted. He could, too! They ask you about it right up front, if I remember right.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 9:40 AM on June 4, 2013


have we really learned nothing as a species about putting spoilers in the title of the video?

On the upshot, it saved me however long the video is.
posted by rhizome at 9:40 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


They might have put it on the web as an easy way to share it with friends and family but, since it's on youtube where anyone can see it, it's reaching a wider audience than they intended.

Or what Yoink said.
posted by VTX at 9:41 AM on June 4, 2013


Eeee! Adorable! So simple!
posted by windykites at 9:43 AM on June 4, 2013


putting it on the web is attention seeking

So? They just got engaged! It's exciting! Why shouldn't he want attention? Geez.
posted by windykites at 9:46 AM on June 4, 2013 [7 favorites]


I've put some cat videos on YouTube to share, but I made them unlisted. He could, too!

Yeah, sure, he could. Why should he, though? I mean, you could walk around draped in a bedsheet so no one can see you--that doesn't mean that the fact that you don't means you're deliberately "attention-seeking" does it? Surely there must be some middle ground between affirmatively taking steps to ensure that something remains hidden and private and being an attention whore, no?

(And why do you make your cat videos unlisted? You're worried that your cat will get refused entry to an elite cat-college if they go viral?)
posted by yoink at 9:46 AM on June 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


So what happened? I got to the point where she reviewed the sunset and closed the tab because she clearly isn't qualified to review sunsets. That sunset was shit.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:48 AM on June 4, 2013 [9 favorites]


So what happened? I got to the point where she reviewed the sunset and closed the tab because she clearly isn't qualified to review sunsets. That sunset was shit.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:48 AM on June 4 [+] [!] [quote]


Eponysterical!
posted by jquinby at 9:53 AM on June 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Mister_A: "Are you talking about the having of the sex?"

I immediately assumed RE was talking about the drinking of alcohol...

Because of my wife's massive family I had to go to 11(!!) weddings last year. Let's just say that alcohol played a significant role in the strategy I developed to get through all this with my sanity intact.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 9:56 AM on June 4, 2013


Ehh, it was short, it was cute, and the moment that made the video for me was that beat or two where she just held the camera on the guy proffering the ring while her brain processed what she was seeing.

Sometimes I wish the snark and beanplating energy that gets directed at this sort of ultimately harmless fluff could instead be directed toward a useful goal - solving world hunger, for instance, or dealing with climate change.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:07 AM on June 4, 2013


Elly Vortex: Dude. All of these sweet and/or elaborate engagement videos have got to be giving would-be proposers a complex. Talk about pressure!

Now "promposals" are a thing that young people need to worry about.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on June 4, 2013


Yeah that's nice but I was hoping for a UFO or something.
posted by Liquidwolf at 10:16 AM on June 4, 2013


A kangaroo goes into a bar that is grossly overpriced
  1. I know a joke like this that stars a gorilla, but:
    1. The bar is not overpriced
    2. The bartender overcharges the gorilla
    3. The gorilla assumes that rather than having been overcharged because of its non hominid nature, the bar is overpriced. The joke is in this ambiguity.
  2. The kangaroo is a nice touch to make this more anglophone southern hemisphere, but I suggest that a kakapo would both be more New Zealand and cuter.
posted by ambrosen at 10:16 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Kind of abrupt. Proposus Interruptus!
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 10:18 AM on June 4, 2013



So? They just got engaged! It's exciting! Why shouldn't he want attention? Geez.


He can do whatever he wants, obviously, but she gets cheated out intimacy of the moment and sharing something exclusively with her beloved.

But that might not be what she wants and I get that.

Also, he's wearing a weird and ill-fitting tee shirt while proposing. I can imagine their future kids being like, "Dad, you couldn't even wear a nicer shirt?"

But at least he wasn't wearing a fedora. At least he's not that kind of guy. He's okay by me.
posted by discopolo at 10:26 AM on June 4, 2013


discopolo: He can do whatever he wants, obviously, but she gets cheated out intimacy of the moment and sharing something exclusively with her beloved.

In my experience, women like to share news of their engagement as widely as humanly possible. I think if my then-fiancee, now-wife had thought of it she would have taken out a newspaper ad.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on June 4, 2013


women like to share news of their engagement as widely as humanly possible

But that's news of the engagement. Not the actual moment. The woman would like to tell the story and make it sound very romantic. You don't want them to actually see your to-be husband wearing a dirty shirt and bad fitting shorts. In my experience, women make the story sound like the guy did it all for her out of a tremendous amount of love.

I'm just jealous. I'm never going to fall in looooove and get maaaaaarried . Not even to some sloppy dressing professional photographer who proposes on top of a pigeon poop covered roof.

I can't even have cats, you guys. I'm allergic=(

Oh look! A Punky Brewster FPP! Game on!

posted by discopolo at 10:42 AM on June 4, 2013


I love the very casual way she says, "Annnnnd, we've got Brady," because it took a full moment that why Brady was on bended knee to sink in and that was funny and touching. A workaday vacation moment ("Gee what a beautiful sunset. Why don't you try to capture it, honey?") turns into an unexpected surprise her brain wasn't anticipating. That gap between "There's my boyfriend, ho-hum" and "Oh my God!" is excellent, is what I'm a'sayin.
posted by but no cigar at 11:01 AM on June 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Pwahah yeah, count me with the group who thought this would be totally annoying because the guy would be wearing a fedora or would be all spoofed up and cheesy and otherwise "not real." The fact that he was kinda shlubby and non-chalant made it funny and sincere.. PLUS he didn't ruin it by saying a word. That created the humorous beat in the video and well.. yup, I now approve.
posted by ReeMonster at 11:15 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well one issue is that after a certain point in a relationship everything you do trips some kind of proposal spidey sense. If a dude who normally wears ill fitting T shirts had suddenly dressed up the surprise would have been ruined.

Once you get to that point you either gotta get married or break up. Everything you do that is not a proposal is a disappointment
posted by Ad hominem at 11:18 AM on June 4, 2013


(And why do you make your cat videos unlisted? You're worried that your cat will get refused entry to an elite cat-college if they go viral?)

How long has it been since your cats went to cat-college? You don't even know how competitive it is these days.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 11:23 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Anyone thirsty for a Veuve™? AKA This wedding proposal will be the perfect opportunity to promote my business!
posted by cloeburner at 11:26 AM on June 4, 2013


Nicely done, and done in a way that it could have been quietly deep-sixed if the answer had been no.

I modestly propose a 3rd option in answering public proposals:

1) Yes
2) No
3) Public Execution

to make people think twice before proposing in public.
posted by randomkeystrike at 11:34 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Old money if that is that guy's apartment.

the very act of publishing such a private moment in such a public manner sours the overall sweetness and cuteness of the event.

This one is okay though. It's not worth watching, really. But at least there's no lame song and dance, flash mob, etc. But putting it on the web is attention-seeking.

I made them unlisted. He could, too!

she gets cheated out intimacy of the moment and sharing something exclusively with her beloved.

Also, he's wearing a weird and ill-fitting tee shirt while proposing.




Ahh MetaFilter.


le sigh.
posted by Think_Long at 11:56 AM on June 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


Still a better love story than Twilight.

I'll get my hat.
posted by Blue_Villain at 12:53 PM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


This actual thread is a better love story than Twilight.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:56 PM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Russian Revolution was a better love story than Twilight.
posted by mightygodking at 1:11 PM on June 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


My one and only critique of the video is thus:

Sunset in Florence can look much better than they showed.

But the rest of it was adorable.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:58 PM on June 4, 2013


This thread is useless without gorilla jokes.
posted by brokkr at 2:58 PM on June 4, 2013


EmpressCallipygos, thanks for sharing true Florentine sunset pictures. They're gorgeous. If I were a more astute observer of human nature, I'd probably say that you just complained about the sunset in the video as a pretext to share your photos.
posted by ambrosen at 4:41 PM on June 4, 2013


fight or flight: "Yeah yeah, it's adorable and everything, but have we really learned nothing as a species about putting spoilers in the title of the video? Sigh."

Yup, didn't even watch it once the YT video page loaded. I had suspicions but I was sad they were confirmed without a chance to watch,
posted by Samizdata at 5:09 PM on June 4, 2013


Definitely a Kiwi. She sounds just like me :)

As a Kiwi living in Australia for the last eight years, I can only identify NZ accents using that method now. (And I agree, she is a Kiwi). I hear so many Aussie accents every day that both an Oz and a NZ accent sound totally "normal" to me and I have to think about it to decide which one I'm hearing. And my thought processes are basically just to compare it to my own voice and decide if it is similar or different.

Which means I am totally screwed if the speaker is male. Unless they say "fish".
posted by lollusc at 5:45 PM on June 4, 2013


Unless they say "fish".

You mean unless they say "fush" or "feesh" no?
posted by yoink at 6:38 PM on June 4, 2013


If I were a more astute observer of human nature, I'd probably say that you just complained about the sunset in the video as a pretext to share your photos.

...........Maybe.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:27 PM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


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