Love is a building block of life.
And when Anthony Pinder, 24, decided to propose to Ariana Gomez, his girlfriend of six years, he expressed his love with another kind of building block: LEGO.
Pinder, who has degree in film from the University of Texas, created a stop-motion video using LEGO toys to pop the question to Gomez, 24. In an email to HuffPost Weddings, Pinder explained how he kept his plan a secret:
"To have an excuse for my new and growing collection of LEGO, I told her that she inspired me with her 'photo of the day blog,' where she takes one photo every day and posts it to her Tumblr page. [I told her] I would be making one LEGO creation each week and posting it to my Flickr page."
Every time Gomez, who works as a studio manager for a New York photographer, left their Brooklyn, NY apartment, Pinder would work a little more on the video. He built scenes with LEGO, taking photos of every tiny movement along the way.
"That plan worked out really well because, after several thousand photos and a week's worth of editing, she was definitely taken by surprise," Pinder, who works as an audio-visual technician, said via email.
When it finally came time to pop the question, Pinder said his heart was "racing." At first, he wasn't sure how to get Gomez in front of the computer, but he quickly told her that he needed to show her a "cool video" he'd seen earlier that day.
"Near the end of the video, she started freaking out, in a good way," Pinder said. He knelt down to propose, and Gomez said "yes."
"Then we both called our moms and families and close friends to tell them the news. Each time either of us had to re-tell the story, we both got all nervous and giddy again. It was a fun night," he said. While the couple haven't set a wedding date yet, they hope to marry in a year or two after they're more financially stable.
Pinder's video joins the ranks of thousands of creative proposal videos circulating the Internet. Click through the slideshow to see some of the best viral proposal videos on the web.
Matt Still proposed to his girlfriend Ginny Joiner in this movie trailer--in front of an audience of more than 100 cinema-goers. Matt's elaborate proposal was even covered on CNN. The video, posted in May 2011, has been watched 19 million times to date.
Brooke and Josh got engaged on a rooftop, but not before Josh tripped and plummeted four stories! This death-defying proposal was posted in July 2011. More than 5.6 million people have watched it.
It's unclear whether this Disneyland "Fairy Tale" proposal is genuine or just a PR stunt. Regardless, nearly 4.2 million people have watched the video since it was posted in June 2009.
This guy proposed to his girlfriend, Claudette, with a fully-choreographed flash mob in the middle of New York's Madison Square Park. Apparently people love a choreographed public display of affection--3 million people have watched this video since it was posted in May of 2010.
Charles proposed to his girlfriend Ali on a trip to Spain in October 2009. To date, nearly 2.7 million people have shared in their happy moment.
This proposal didn't go quite as well as planned. The awkwardness begins at 1:20--try not to cringe. The unfortunate October 2008 video has been viewed 2.4 million times to date.
This surprise proposal didn't start out very well--Nikki is convinced that her boyfriend Justin is cheating on her. Thankfully, the proposal was part of the Fox reality TV show "Mobbed". More than 1.5 million people have watched this clip since it was posted in June 2011 (the show returns to Fox Nov. 23).
The bride-to-be isn't featured in this video from May 2008--but she did say yes. More than 1.1 million people have watched this proposal.
In this video from January 2007, a Fox News reporter spoils Boise State footballer Ian Johnson's surprise proposal to his girlfriend. But not to worry, the head cheerleader does say yes. More than 1.1 million people have watched it happen.
Ouch. This guy got rejected at a baseball game. He really feels the sting at 0:16. Since August 2009, more than 1.1 million people have shared his pain.