Proposing marriage by flash mob is so 2014. These days, the cool kids are using virtual reality to ask a special someone to be theirs forever.
In a virtual popping of the question that happened in September, video of which you can see above, Michelle May made her way through an ancient Mayan pyramid at the world’s first immersive virtual reality theme park. Park employees told her the Indiana Jones-esque experience was a single-person experience, so she’d have to go through it alone. But as she turned the corner to exit, she saw Enos Ledezma, her knight in shining digital garb, holding a diamond treasure.
“I love you, and ever since I’ve met you my life has become infinitely better,” Ledezma said. Then he gets down on one virtual knee, and continues, “Michelle, will you marry me?”
The two found each other on OkCupid earlier this year. Ledezma, who works in advertising, knew he wanted to do something fitting their shared interests: gaming, Star Trek, and all-things-geeky. So he contacted The Void, located in Utah, and told them what he wanted to do. The team there “coded and re-did a level so I could get engaged in VR and surprise my fiancee,” Ledezma told Fusion.
Before VR engagements started cropping up, the geeks turned to Google Glass and Second Life, a simulation game popular in the aughts, to impress their partners. All three are a nod to how technology is changing our oldest rituals. For better or worse, nothing is immune.
Ledezma told me he wishes he could have their wedding ceremony in VR, where they could spare no expense. “In the future, where there’s open-source [VR] sets and it’s like having a phone, that could be really cool because then we could invite everyone.”