Digital Love: When Romance Goes High-Tech

PHOTO In the digital age, modern-day Romeos hoping for their beloveds hand in marriage are finding far more memorable ways of getting to their happily-ever-after.

Rose petals. Champagne. A candlelight dinner for two.

Work those into a marriage proposal -- with a sparkling diamond to boot -- and you're bound to get a booming "yes!"

But modern-day Romeos are finding far more memorable ways of getting to happily-ever-after with a quiver of high-tech tools, from favorite gadgets to social media.

If you're planning to pop the question this Valentine's Day and need some inspiration or just want to indulge your inner Cupid, take a look at a few of our favorite digital love stories below.

The 'Path' to Marriage Shared With Friends and Family

It takes some faith to share a secret with 30 of your closest friends and family.

But when 26-year-old Chris Hutchins proposed to his girlfriend Amy Fox, 26, in November, he used the private social network Path to keep his family and friends in the loop.

In the days leading up to the proposal, he posted photos of himself and the ring to the private network, which maintains a more intimate tone by capping users' friend lists at 50 people.

"Nervous at home" said the caption to one photo. "Hiding the goods..." said another.

(Hutchins said he knew technology wouldn't leak the surprise to Fox because, at the time, Path was iPhone-only and Fox carried an Android phone.)

Right before he proposed, he dropped to his knee to take a picture, telling his future bride it would be more artistic if she looked away. Hutchins snapped the picture and posted it to Path.

By the time Fox turned around, he'd replaced the phone with a diamond ring.

He said she barely had a chance to say "yes" before a stream of "congratulations!" texts flooded her phone.

Hutchins said he was partly inspired by a promotional video for Path, which highlights a marriage proposal, but added that the couple has become accustomed to the "one to many" way of sharing memories via social media.

"We spent the better half of 2009 to 2010 traveling around the world together and the entire time in the third world," he said. "When we were traveling, it's not that you can just call someone. ... We were very much used to sharing all of our memories online."

What made Path perfect for the proposal, he said, was that he didn't have to share it with everyone on Twitter, or hundreds on Facebook, but with just the few closest people he'd connected with on Path.

And when the couple gets married next year, Hutchins, who works for the location-based service SimpleGeo, said technology is likely to play a role again.

"We're already aware of the fact that some people can't make it," he said. "If it were today, Path, Twitter, social media, of course, that will be part of sharing our experience."

Kindle's Greatest Love Story

For 24-year-old Kim Karcher, no other Kindle story will ever compare.

When her boyfriend Scott Allan, 26, proposed last August, he didn't just pop the question; he did it with the help of Amazon's e-reader.

"I am very much a gadget geek," said Allan, who lives in St. Louis, Mo. "I'd been thinking about the proposal for a while and I knew that I wanted to do something different -- not just the standard, down on one knee, with tear in eye."

One day at work, when he noticed that a tech website was having a super sale on Amazon's Kindle, the light bulb went off.

"Sitting at my desk, the idea just dawned on me. Why not write this romantic story about how we met and leave it open-ended?" he said.

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