The entire Google London office recently helped Google employee Shaun Aukland pop the question to his boyfriend, Michael.
Aukland wrote on YouTube Friday that he and Michael have been in a long-distance relationship for two years. Aukland lives in San Francisco and works at the Google office there, and Michael lives in London. During one of Aukland's regular trips to London (during which he was working out of the Google London office), he invited Michael to have lunch with him at the company's campus. But Michael didn't know that Aukland had secretly planned a proposal, and that hundreds of other diners in the lunchroom were in on the surprise, too.
As Aukland and Michael sat in the Google lunchroom on Monday, a group of diners began singing Bruno Mars' "Marry You" while everyone in the room gathered around them and clapped. After the song, Aukland got down on one knee and popped the question.
"Three years ago I sent you a note when we met that said, 'You're neat and I like you. Will you come to San Francisco?'" Aukland said. "And with an eye on what we've been through and the many things we will go through, today, with the help of every person that knew this was going to happen and some pretty awesome colleagues, I want to say you're amazing and I love you. Will you come to San Francisco and marry me?"
Michael said "yes!" Aukland wrote on YouTube that he has wanted to sponsor Michael for American citizenship but can't because of the Defense of Marriage Act. He hopes that upcoming Supreme Court decisions will allow Michael to join him permanently in the U.S.
Watch the whole proposal in the video above.
This isn't the first time Google has helped arrange a marriage proposal. One employee proposed to his girlfriend from inside a Google Street View panorama, and in 2011, another man popped the question on Google+ using the game Crime City.
Check out more social media proposals in the slideshow below.
On January 5, 2011, the world saw it's first Groupon proposal when the site ran a deal created by a man named Greg for his girlfriend Dina. Groupon's "deal" page for the proposal began: "Surprises, like movies that star dogs, are always good and never bad. Dana B. can get the surprise of a lifetime with today's Groupon. Take it away, Greg:..." See the full proposal here.
Adam King spent seven months planning his November 2011 proposal to his girlfriend, Lucy Rogers, aboard the 19.57 London Overground train to Watford Junction -- even building a replica of the train car to ensure all would go smoothly. He assembled a flash mob and had his choir friends serenade Rogers with a Bill Withers song and the resulting video went viral.
Alex Marsh of Raleigh-Durham proposed to his girlfriend, Susan Wilkison, via Foursquare in 2009, checking into the Raleigh Times Bar with the note "popping the question." She said yes.
After fifteen years of dating, Max Kiesler proposed to Emily Chang in under 140 characters via Twitter.
This Google employee thought his initial, "low-key" proposal was not interesting enough, so he "upgraded" to version 2.0 and proposed all over again using Google Street View, holding up a sign reading "Proposal 2.0: Marry me Leslie!" when the Street View camera car drove by his office.
Tyrel Hartman enlisted the help of StumbleUpon staff to make sure his girlfriend Marquita Arguello found his Tumblr page on their site. His Tumblr account featured a series of photos of Hartman holding signs leading to the final one: "Will you marry me?" She said yes.