Saluting with misty eyes
When I asked my lovely, adorable ex-wife to marry me, I did it in a way that I knew she would absolutely HATE!!! I used a line from a movie that I really liked.
When we were still dating, we were watching Waynes World (the first movie), and When Garth asked Wayne if he was going to marry Cassandra, he said "Yeah, as if. Marriage is the penalty for shoplifting in some countries." Well, those were my thoughts at the time, and I fell of the couch we were laying on laughing.
Now, to the proposal:
Actually, the first thing I did was ask her mother permission first.
We went to a fancy restaurant to celebrate our anniversary of dating and we took her mother and sisters and a couple of her friends for the celebration.
After dinner, and before dessert, I handed her a card to read. Inside it said, "I got caught shoplifting... Do I get punished?"
When she pulled the card away from her eyes, the ring was there on her plate. She loved it so much that she bailed as quickly as possible to the ladies room. It seems that she HATES being the center of attention. (and I, of course, knew that. That was why I invited her family) She actually did say yes, when she got back.
Later that night, when we were alone, I did it right with the one knee and the entire trip. THAT one she actually loved, and it got her crying.
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