Rules of Engagement
With Peter Max in on the game, Mr. Right goes down on one knee in an Austin artgallery
You have to give Joey Sanchez credit for being almost as creative as pop artist Peter Max. When the young man from Sugar Land learned that his sweetheart's favorite artist — the one and only Mr. Max — would be at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery in Austin last October, he started planning.
Joey contacted the gallery three months out and informed the owners of his desire to propose to Kelly McKinney of Humble with the help of the artist. Gallery owners loved the idea and created a faux Facebook Contest in which Joey "won" a private viewing with Peter Max for himself and 15 friends.
Unbeknownst to Kelly, Joey had invited their nearest friends and their families. The love birds arrived at the gallery at the appointed hour of 11 a.m. and had a personal tour of the art work by Peter Max himself. Then, the gallery owner informed the couple that they had also won a "free" piece of art to remember the day. Kelly and Joey chose one they both liked and Peter asked who he should dedicate the piece to.
"This was my cue to get down on one knee and propose to Kelly," Joey e-mailed. "I proceeded to take the ring box out of my sock, which I had planted there earlier that morning, and said, 'To the future Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez.'"
After her initial shock, Kelly said yes. "The event went off without a hitch," according to Joey, "and now we own an original Peter Max sketch that is a priceless piece of art work in our eyes."
With the families on hand to applaud the brilliant move, the whole group moved on to Sunday brunch to celebrate.