For my 30th birthday present, I asked Chris to guest lecture to the freshman chemistry class I was teaching at Eureka College.  He agreed to speak about his undergraduate research in bioremediation.  The focus of his presentation was a pollutant that is particularly persistent in the environment because of its very stable chemical structure, which conveniently is in the shape of a ring.

I was enjoying listening, instead of lecturing, and the students were very interested in the subject also!  Unexpectedly, Chris asked me to help him demonstrate a point to the class.  I was slightly confused by this sudden invitation, as he had not told me that I would be a part of the presentation in any way.  I went to the front of the classroom, confused but unsuspecting.

Again, Chris emphasized that the pollutant is stable because of its carbon ring structure.  He extended one hand toward me, turned to the class, and said, “So, if Dr. Jones and I wanted to form a very strong, permanent bond, we would need some carbon, and a ring.”  (For those who are not science nerds, a diamond is made from carbon that has been exposed to intense pressure and heat.)

At that moment, he produced a diamond ring, got down on one knee, turned back to me, and said, “Dr. Jones, will you marry me?”

The class, shocked, was silent as I said yes, and then erupted in giggles and applause.  It was the perfect proposal, from one nerd to another.

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47 comments
Lo
Lo

1000 votes for torrie and chris. two of the best kids ive been lucky enough to meet and they deserve the world!! love you guys!!!

Josh C.
Josh C.

A vote for the nerds! Give it to these guys!

Josh C.
Josh C.

Nerds unite! Give it to these guys!

Lisa
Lisa

I love the science nerd proposal. You guys are the best!

James Osborne
James Osborne

I am not much of a nerd myself. I can appreciate the nerdyness of this. This is the best, Chris. Congrats guys.

Kate P
Kate P

I just cried a little while watching the video. xoxo

Jess
Jess

What a great story!!! Love it!!! Hope you win!

Julie Moore
Julie Moore

Torrie and Chris you guys are so cute!! You definitely have my vote!!

Laura Soular
Laura Soular

another vote for nerd love, as it will hopefully beget even more nerds someday! nerds will rule the earth!

mary ellen sronce
mary ellen sronce

Very sweet!! Will be a great story for the kids and grandkids.

Maria
Maria

Great job Chris.... My vote is for Torrie and Chris!

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

Good luck Chirs and Torrie. Hope you are the winning couple

Andi
Andi

Great! Hope you win! You make a great couple.

Rebecca Jones
Rebecca Jones

As mother of the bride, and future mother-in-law, I have to post my vote for Torrie and Chris, because I love them!

True Hogan
True Hogan

These two definitely have my vote. Too cute and original. Not to mention romantic. I vote for Chris and Torrie.

Richard
Richard

Congratulations Torrie and Chris

Richie
Richie

Good luck Torrie and Chris

Lisa
Lisa

Congrats Torrie and Chris

Dennise
Dennise

Congrats to you both. May your marriage be filled with many years of joy and happiness.

courtney
courtney

soo cute this couple should win how sweet was this she wasnt expecting it at all and i abousltly loved the way that chris was explains about the diamond it was great and i love a good nerd love story and these two are great.

Jerry Mack
Jerry Mack

A very cool way to propose. Nice integration to the subject matter. Carbon=diamond=ring structure. I got it. Hope they are very happy together.

mike
mike

very brave, and look at the choreography, with the chemical picture in the background, making for good chemistry eh, congratulations guys

Eric
Eric

Great job Chris! I got a little choked up .... I think I peed a little ...... I love you guys!

Pat
Pat

What a romantic, nerdy way to propose!! Get's my vote.

John
John

I vote for Chris and Torrie. That bit about the structure of the Carbon atom and how and why it so readily forms strong bonds was priceless; it belongs in a They might be Giants song.....

Jenny
Jenny

I vote for Chris and Torrie - how nice that they have it recorded forever. Chris really did plan a great proposal. Nerds ROCK!!

Ben
Ben

Never find a more creative proposal than this. They definitely have my vote!

Gina Russell
Gina Russell

The video made me tear up. What a wonderful couple and a great carbon bond! I vote for Chris and Torrie!!

Jay
Jay

Aw, that's sweeter than C6-H12-O6. Nerd love is the best.

Jay
Jay

Aw, that's sweeter than C6-H12-O6. Nerd love is the best.

Josh
Josh

These guys get my vote for sure. Awesome story. Good luck guys!

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

Cute story! My vote is here! Congrats!

Dawn
Dawn

This is the best! Super cute!!!

Tracy
Tracy

My vote is for Chris and Torrie! what an adorable and sweet proposal story and video that was totally awesome and what a sweet couple.

Emily Bell
Emily Bell

THIS IS SOOO CUTE!! This is def. my favorite! What a great couple.

kelly
kelly

Got my vote!

Kim
Kim

This is one of the very few things in the world that has ever made me say "Awwwwww!" out loud.

Travis
Travis

Vote is for Chris and Torrie.....sweet story.

Rachel
Rachel

This is a totally sweet, wonderful proposal. My vote is definitely for Torrie and Chris. :)

Julie
Julie

This is the best nerd love story I have ever read. This couple could save the world one day! I love the way Chris explained it. Congratulations and you win in my book!

Chris
Chris

Awwww.....Nerds are cute!

Becky
Becky

LOVE it!! Perfectly nerdy & a great surprise. :) an atypical proposal/love story if ever I heard one! It's nice to see someone go "outside the box". :)

Mandie
Mandie

What a wonderful proposal story! As another fellow nerd, I have to say this is just adorable. My favorite!

Trisha Thompson
Trisha Thompson

My vote is for Torrie and Chris! Super sweet and totally nerd; ! LOVE IT!

Last updated February 5, 2017