Within two days of posting a unique proposal video, Matt Still and Ginny Joiner of Henry County became Internet stars.
The 7-minute YouTube video, named “Greatest Marriage Proposal Ever,” was posted three days ago and has logged nearly 3 million hits.
“We were extremely shocked by it,” said Still, 30, of the viral hit. “We posted it just so our friends and family who couldn’t be in the audience could see it. It just spread.”
In the now-famous clip, Joiner is at a McDonough movie theater with her brother on May 7, unaware of what Still has planned. Instead of the previews you would expect, a clever video that Still created with his friend Michael Escobar rolls. The ending, of course, is a happy one, with Still bounding into the theater and Joiner accepting his proposal.
“He got me good,” said Joiner, 26. She now sports a custom-designed ring with a round center diamond encircled by smaller stones with a single ruby on the side to be worn closest to her heart.
The two have known each other for 15 years but haven’t been dating that long. Still, on their second date, they each knew the other was “the one.” After an elaborate dinner date featuring candles and rose petals Joiner said she felt like she was in a movie. No, Still countered, “we’re going to make the movies jealous.”
That tagline served as the title for his short but memorable clip.
We caught up with the couple Wednesday evening, after a busy day of interviews. He sells insurance and she works as a caregiver, but they were living the celebrity life for a day. They’ve made the media rounds here locally and also talked to radio stations in Detroit, Philadelphia and Canada. They taped a video interview via Skype with “The Today Show’s” web site.
“It’s insane,” Joiner said.
They don’t have a date for the wedding, but are expecting a full house.
“I have no clue what we’re going to do,” Joiner said. But knowing Still she knows they’ll make it a memorable event. “Everybody has these high expectations!”
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