"My motto is go big or don't try,'" says Tanner, now a Ph.D. student at Boston University. Case in point: For his L.A. proposal to his high school sweetheart, Kaitlin (they both hail from Long Beach), he rented out a movie theater, screened her favorite film (the Japanese drama "After Life"), interrupted it halfway through with an on-screen proposal, then threw an engagement party behind the movie house. "It was the most surreal day of my life!" says Kaitlin.
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