Goo Goo Dolls, Fremont Theatre help marriage proposal

kleslie@thetribunenews.comSeptember 1, 2013 

When most people picture a marriage proposal, they think of a rock of the diamond variety.

A local couple’s proposal this weekend, however, featured a different sort of rock.

Arroyo Grande musician Brook Thompson, 27, proposed to his girlfriend, Britnee Tanski, 25, on Saturday with a self-made music video featuring a special appearance by rock group the Goo Goo Dolls.

The proposal was shown before noon at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, as the couple’s family and friends secretly sat in the audience. Tanski was there under the pretense she and Thompson, who plays with local punk rock group The Mighty Fine, would be seeing a matinée.

But as the opening strains of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Come to Me” began to play, she said she knew something was up.

Thompson said he wanted to use the song because it has special meaning for him and Tanski after they saw the band perform at the California Mid-State Fair this summer.

“She turned to me (as they were playing the song at the fair) and said, ‘I want this to play as my first dance at my wedding,’ ” Thompson said. “At that same time, it just clicked in my head. I had been trying to plan possible proposals, and it just clicked.”

He said partway through creating the video, which took about three weeks, he decided to reach out to the Goo Goo Dolls. Luckily, the band’s marketing director replied, saying the band loved the idea and would like to help out.

Soon after that, Thompson was sent footage of the band holding up a chalkboard sign at one of its concerts that said, “Brook and Britnee: This will be your favorite song.”

“I was so excited,” Thompson said about receiving the footage. “I just wanted to tell her about it, but I had to keep it secret for a week.”

Besides the rock band, the video also featured members of Thompson’s and Tanski’s family, friends and coworkers. Each appeared on screen with lyrics from the song printed on the same chalkboard.

At the end, Thompson appeared with the question, “Will you marry me?” printed across the chalkboard.

And, of course, Tanski said yes.

“It was so crazy to walk into a movie theater thinking I was going to see a Jim Carrey movie, and end up getting proposed to,” Tanski said. “So much effort went into this, and I feel so incredibly blessed to have the family, friends and fiancé that I have. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”

The music video will be featured on Goo Goo Dolls’ Facebook page in the next two weeks, Thompson said.

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