2) Work of Art

My fiance’ Megan and I are both teachers. When we aren’t teaching the little ones we enjoy going to art museums. I have always had a passion for art and I knew that when the time came for me to propose, I wanted it to be the most creative idea ever and not something ordinary like proposing at the dinner table or while walking along the beach.

My proposal plan was simple. I was going to paint Megan a painting and have it put in an art museum and propose to her in front of it. Well after months of planning it proved to be easier said than done. After e-mailing over 100 art museums asking them to put my painting in their museum just for the proposal I received nothing but rejections. Then one day the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania contacted me and said that they would be more than happy to do it. I was so excited that day. Next was the other hard part. How do I pull this all of without her finding out? Well it was hard but I was sneaky. I actually painted the painting at my school. The painting was very abstract with different symbolism from our relationship. The weekend before while she was out of town at a engagement party, I snuck up to Pittsburgh and delivered my painting to the museum so that they could have it displayed for me when we got there.

"The Proposal" – June 17, 2006

I had told Megan that I wanted to go up to Pittsburgh for the weekend to catch a baseball game and maybe go see the Warhol Museum. We got to the Warhol museum and I was surprising calm. We started at the 8th floor and worked our way down to the first floor. When we got down to the first floor we went into the famous "icon room" where pictures of Elvis and Jackie O. hang. There, in the middle of the room, was my painting on an easel. We walked around the whole room and ended up at the painting. We began discussing the painting then I told her that I painted it. Megan began chuckling to herself and said, "Shut up. You didn’t paint that." I told her again that yes I did indeed paint the picture and I reached into my pocket and took out a little black box. Once Megan saw the box she knew that I was telling the truth. I dropped down on one knee and proposed to her right in front of my painting.

I still don’t know how I pulled everything off, but it was perfect in every way!


Proposal story by:

Brandon Thompson

Alexandria, VA


The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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