As we continue to hear story after story about a number of Hollywood's most predatory men, a story has surfaced that has reminded us that not all men are bad. In fact, some men are downright amazing both as individuals and as partners to the women in their lives.
This past weekend, neurosurgeon Brenton Pennicooke asked his girlfriend, Michela, a fashion entrepreneur, to marry him during a festive surprise proposal set in the midst of one of their annual snowball fights.
After meeting on the dating app Bumble over two years ago, Pennicooke teamed up with Bumble and spent weeks orchestrating the perfect proposal for his longtime love. Then, when the special day arrived, Bumble hosted Pennicooke's proposal in New York City at an indoor facility that was filled with imitation snow, blanket snow, and everything else one would expect out of a Winter Wonderland.
Speaking to Bumble just before asking Michela to marry him, Pennicooke looked back on the previous memories he's shared with Michela and explained why snowballs are so close to his heart.
“Every year we end up in a snowball fight," he revealed. "When the snow falls it’s like a fun thing to do to throw snowballs at people you care about. It’s like a thing, we can’t have snow on the floor and not throw it at each other.”
However, during their weekend proposal, there was one snowball, in particular, that wasn't meant to be thrown. Instead, it was meant to be broken open and ultimately showcased Michela's engagement ring.
Looking back on how they met, Pennicooke credited the dating app Bumble with allowing him to find love with his future wife, Michela, and said that without joining the app, he would have never been able to experience the things he's experienced with Michela, including his recent proposal in the Big Apple.
“Being a resident is a very time insensitive thing," he explained during his pre-proposal interview. "The first date Michela and I went on was an Indian restaurant. As the date went on I loosened up a lot more. Without the Bumble experience to introduce, there was no way we would’ve crossed paths.”
Pennicooke and Michela are just one of the many, many success stories of Bumble.