A couple from Hamilton gets engaged in one of the nerdiest ways possible.
Note to all fans of Scott Pilgrim who have visited Toronto specifically for the purpose of obsessively documenting all the real-life locations depicted in the graphic novels: you have officially been outclassed. Last month, Jennifer Forrest took her boyfriend on a Scott Pilgrimage to Toronto that ended in a marriage proposal.
Forrest, 24, and her fiance Dylan Paxton, who is 25, started dating a little over two years ago. They instantly bonded over Pilgrim. “On our first date, it’s what most of the conversation was about,” said Forrest. “Our first Halloween together, we dressed as Scott and Ramona.”
Scott Pilgrim, for those who don’t already know, is a series of six graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley. They follow the eponymous protagonist, a Toronto native, as he battles the seven evil exes of Ramona Flowers, a beautiful and mysterious girl he wants to date. The whole story is set in Toronto. It was made into a movie a couple years ago.
“It was something that was a part of our relationship from the very beginning,” Forrest said.
Eventually, she and Paxton began talking about marriage. It was only a matter of someone making the proposal. Forrest decided to do it herself, but she wanted to do it in a memorable way.
She spent six weeks preparing by scouring the graphic novels for identifiable locations. She used Google Maps to hunt down precise addresses. On September 15, as she and Dylan drove to Toronto, she gave him the first of several white envelopes, each with an address written on the back.
The idea was for Paxton, who hadn’t spent much time in Toronto, to find all of the Scott Pilgrim locations using either TTC or his own two feet, scavenger-hunt style. When he arrived at an address, he would open the corresponding envelope, and inside would be a printout of the corresponding page from the graphic novels. For the most part, Dylan was able to do this—though he was stymied by Honest Ed’s, where the couple was waylaid briefly as they searched for an exit.
The whole chase ended at Casa Loma, which features prominently in one of Scott Pilgrim‘s more memorable scenes. (This one.) There, Dylan opened the final envelope and, to his surprise, saw this:
Forrest posted about the outing on Reddit, where her photos (which you can see embedded in this post) attracted a lot of attention from the nerdy commenter community there. Bryan Lee O’Malley found the photo album and tweeted about it.
The wedding likely won’t be another two or three years. Forrest is already considering Pilgrim-themed cake toppers.
“I’m so lucky to have someone who’s willing to take that first step,” said Paxton. “I love it because it’s such a unique proposal, and so different from the norm. That’s what’s really exciting about it, is it’s something really memorable for the two of us.”
All photos by Jennifer Forrest.