Recently, Bjorn and Jennifer made news when they got engaged. But it wasn’t the fact they was engaged that caught everyone’s attention. It was the way they became engaged. They are the first couple known to have gotten engaged through a laptop widget!
The happy couple was gracious enough to give us a great story in the form of an interview.
Me to Jennifer: Did you have any idea that he was going to propose?
Jennifer: I knew he was going to at some point because I helped pick out the ring (I’m a little picky and he wanted to get something we both loved). But I didn’t think the ring would be ready for another 3 weeks. And I have been sick for a month, so I didn’t have any suspicion that he was going to propose that night.
Me to Bjorn: Why did you decide to propose this way? How did the idea begin?
Bjorn: I was hanging out with some friends at Shari’s one night, and they were asking me how I was going to propose. They started suggesting some nerdy ways that I could do it, because they know how much I am into computers. One idea was to make a web page that I could send her to. I went home and was thinking about how I could do this, and the
idea popped into my head to make a Dashboard Widget, to get a little more bit of my Mac nerdiness into it.
Me to Bjorn: How did you do it? Please don’t get too technical- many readers do not
understand how things work.
Bjorn: A Dashboard Widget is basically a little web page. Apple is working on some software to make it easier for people to create Widgets of their own. I used the pre-release version of this software, called Dashcode.
Me to Bjorn: How did you know she saw it? How did you know her answer?
Bjorn: Well, she doesn’t have a Mac, yet, so I knew I would have to do it on my computer. We went out to a nice dinner and a walk out on the pier. I told her that I was working on something on my computer that I wanted to show her. I had to give her my password to log in (a sign of trust for me), and then told her to bring up the Dashboard. I then got on my knee and asked her verbally.
Me to Jennifer: What was your first thought when you saw the question?
Jennifer: In all honesty, I was confused, because we were in the car (I was extremely cold due to being sick and couldn’t stay outside). I was completely surprised, which is exactly what he wanted.
Me to Jennifer: Do you feel like he took an easy way out or that he totally rocked your world?
Jennifer: He rocked my world. Several of our friends have got engaged recently and it seemed like everyone was doing something extravagant and over the top. I had told Bjorn awhile ago, that whenever he was to propose, all I wanted was for it to be something very “Bjorn.” The cutest thing was that he photo-shopped a picture of my actual ring (which the jeweler hadn’t finished custom-designing at the time of the engagement) so that when he proposed it was actually my ring. And then he got down on his knee, and, let’s just say Bjorn can be quite the romantic.;) It’s kind of a funny combination: computer geek and hopeless romantic. But that is Bjorn.
Me to Bjorn and Jennifer: When would you like to set the date?
Bjorn: As soon as possible. We want to get married this summer, so as soon as we can find a day that works, and gives us enough time to set everything up, we will.
Jennifer: We are looking at the end of July because I want to do it outside at my dad’s house in Oregon, and Bjorn is a little paranoid that it will rain. We both just want to be married. We’ve dated for two years, and both feel that is long enough.
Me to Bjorn: Do you think that with such an amazing beginning like that, she might expect you to do something special on your anniversary?
Bjorn: I don’t like to think about it as trying to top previous things. Last year we went flying for Valentines Day, so that is pretty hard to “top”. I think that my creativity flows out of my wanting to show her my love, and not trying to one-up myself. I didn’t necessarily know that this idea would turn into as much fun as it has been, but I just
went with something that was very me and I knew she would love that.
Me to Jennifer: Do you expect something just as special on your anniversary?
Jennifer: That’s a funny question. The thing about Bjorn is he always finds a way to do something different and special, like last Valentine’s Day when he took me flying. I told him he could never top that one, and he said he’d “fly me to the moon” and honestly, if he had the money, I know he would. It was his idea to set up Saturday night as date night, because he wanted to make sure I felt special to him. He always finds unique, fun ways to take me out–sometimes it’s big and extravagant, but I love the small dates just as much.
Me to Bjorn: How has her family reacted to the question being popped in that way?
Bjorn: Considering the unconventionality of it, very well. We actually called her brother to tell him it was on Digg, but one of his friends had already seen it and called him. I think they understand how unique it is, and they have enjoyed watching the hits to her blog increase by the thousands.
Me to Jennifer: How has his family reacted to you being asked to join the family in that way?
Jennifer: I have been informed that his mother, who doesn’t use the internet that much, checked Bjorn’s flickr every hour for a week…so I think that is a good sign! After raising three boys, I think Bjorn’s parents are happy to finally be gaining a daughter.