Getting married is serious business, but not everybody goes nearly as far to nail the proposal part as this Imgur user did.
"Bigchewypretzels" is the user's screen name (sorry, that's all we got). He decided to take the marriage proposal game to the next level and then some.
He hand-designed a puzzle book and then wood-crafted every little piece and moving part himself. The idea was this -- when his fiancee solved the puzzle book, the engagement ring (which he also made by hand) would be revealed.
Did she manage to solve the puzzle book? What did she say when she saw the ring? You'll have to get to the end to find out!
A Peek Inside
This is the first page of the book, and as you can see, it's an incredibly intricate piece. His fiancee must have been thrilled when she saw it.
A Step Back
This is what the finished book looks like from the outside. It's gorgeous, isn't it? Who wouldn't want to get their hands on this proposal?
The book was designed to convey a multitude of messages about "bigchewypretzels'" and his commitment to marriage. The outside, shown here, says "perfect fit" in visual form.
Bringing The Idea To Life
This kind of work isn't an easy thing to develop, and "bigchewypretzels" knew he'd need some software to work out the kinks in his design. He chose Adobe Illustrator for the project.
The Back Of The Cover
This puzzle book is fully mechanical and as you can see from the inside of the cover, that meant the use of moving pieces to make it work.
The book required all these pieces to be put together. Each was individually hand-modelled because "bigchewypretzels" didn't think to use CAD modeling software!
Lots Of Rework
The book was iterated over 30 times to get the design right. This cover shot was based on a picture of him and his fiancee out walking.
It was this image which would be transformed in Illustrator and then in wood etching to become the cover piece of the book. It's amazing how different they look.
The work didn't stop with graphic design. All the text was written by "bigchewypretzels," and as you can see, that too was beautifully laid out.
Making It Pop
To make the pages stand out, "bigchewypretzels" added some wood carvings that would act as overlays to physically stand out from the page and "pop."
Each character used was taken from the Internet and then remodeled in Photoshop before being etched on the pages of the book. Imagine how long this must have taken!
The Finished Article
The majority of pages within the book also had moving parts. Here you can see a camper trip to Zion National Park that the couple had taken together.
This platinum ring with a diamond setting would be amazing enough if it had been bought, but "bigchewypretzels" wouldn't have felt right about that. So he made it himself.
A Lot Of Work
The ring required melting platinum, reshaping the platinum to the right size, working the metal to the right ring shape and then a setting and adding the stone itself.
The Ring At The Heart
When "bigchewypretzels" finally finished the ring, he placed it at the center of the book and finally, he proposed to his fiancee. What do you think she said?
She said yes! Of course. This much work deserves a happy ending, doesn't it? We suspect that given the work "bigchewypretzels" put in to ask the question, there's a bright marriage ahead of them both.
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