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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Simplest marriage proposal


How sweet is this proposal video? This spontaneous moment feels just as romantic as a dramatic gesture.

Kelly, above, tells the story: "After dating for four years, we had just moved to Oregon. We drove out to take pictures in my favorite giant field, and Paul spontaneously asked me at sunset. He didn't have a ring or anything--he just suddenly felt like it was the right time and place. It's not the most glamorous proposal, but it was so heartfelt, and I can't imagine a sweeter way. We got married three months later."

How sweet is that? If you're married, what was your proposal story?

(Video by Kelly and Paul)

186 comments:

Hilary Nicole said...

Oh, the day I am proposed to. I will definitely have mixed emotions and be overwhelmed. I hope it is a huge surprise and spontaneous as well.

wildchild said...

her reaction is super sweet :) so surprised and excited. i'm not sure my dream proposal is that relaxed, but i'm not gonna be picky. the question is good enough for me.

Erin said...

This is super sweet! People always ask about my husband's and my proposal story... they're disappointed when we admit that we didn't have one. We dated for 5 years, were best friends before that. We always talked about marriage so the proposal was just... assumed. Is that unromantic? Just one day we started referring to one another as 'fiance'.

Joanna Goddard said...

aw, erin, i love that. you just came together :)

gemma said...

oh, well, that is just adorable. i love how excited she is.

Marty J. Christopher said...

A.P. asked me while posing for a photo in a little stream in the Smoky Mountains while we were on vacation. I accidentally found the ring before, so I knew it was coming, but it was still so sweet. And funny. It all happened so fast because he wanted to get it in the photo, but he only got the beginning of the kneeling, so it looks like he's walking like an Egyptian. I blogged about my engagement here:

http://shesnotthemarryingkind.blogspot.com/2009/09/finallyi-get-to-damn-point.html

Lovely story! I also love that they were married 3 months later. Having had a short engagement, I'm a sucker for others. : )

erin said...

ha! definitely! james and i dated for five years before getting engaged and we more or less decided together that married we wanted to be! the ring was somewhat more of a surprise, though. he had plans for an elaborate day at the beach, but got too excited and handed me the ring over dinner, surrounded by oodles of people. either way, pure happiness.

melissa said...

So sweet!

My husband proposed to me one stormy day on Cape Cod. The weather cleared enough for us to take a little walk on the beach at sunset. Although I should have been suspicious, I really was pretty oblivious. He was standing behind me taking pictures and all of a sudden he said my full name; as I turned around, he was on his knee. I fell to mine, cried, kissed him and said YES! It was one of the best moments of my entire life.

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..that is so sweet and I adore her reaction! Kisses

Victoria said...

mine was not an over-the-top, romantic story but I still loved it. I had just moved to NJ with my then boyfriend and dropped my job and family in GA in order to be with him. We had been here about 2 months when, one Saturday, he insisted I treat myself to a massage and facial at the spa. When I was driving home, it started snowing like crazy. As soon as I walked in our apt, he handed me a glass of champagne and said "Would you like to be Mrs. G-----?". It was so sweet and I was insanely happy. We celebrate our engagement anniversary every year;)

kaela d. said...

ohhhhhhh that was too cute...love how genuine he is in that moment! and how she keeps hugging him! so sweet!

no proposal story....currently no boyfriend either hahaha so i will live vicariously through all of the comments that will start pouring in!!

GREAT post Joanna...love never gets old.

AmandaB. said...

My husband and I went out to a nice dinner. I was in visiting because my mom had just received a kidney transplant the day before. I was already on cloud 9.

At at the end of dinner Quentin pulls out my teddy bear Scrubz bear from his coat (it was February and he hid him in his wool pea coat.). Scrubz is a teddy bear Quentin got me for our first Valentine together and he goes everywhere with us. I was first surprised that he had snuck him into the restaurant. Then he pushes a little box towards me and asked 'Will you marry us?

It was simple and sweet. :)

Allison said...

this was so sweet! my parents got engaged in a similar way - they were walking down the snowy streets of chicago, and my dad just stopped and said 'marry me'. they were married 3 months later, and have been together for 31 years :).

Madison Mayberry said...

My now husband (as of just three weeks!) knew that I love NYC more than almost anywhere else on earth. Having never been there himself, he was a bit nervous about proposing there but knew that I would love nothing more.

When I showed up at his apartment one Friday night in December he blindfolded me and drove me straight to the O'Hare airport where he surprised me with a trip to NYC which ended with a proposal by the tree at Rockefeller center. It was magical!

lindsey said...

So cute!

Here's my story:
http://www.howtoraiseaboyfriend.com/2011/03/waiting-for-the-question-written-by-lindsey-bunin/

oh.just.jess said...

aww so sweet.

i had been dating my now fiance (husband in two months!) for about 5.5 years when he suggested we grab some food and have a little picnic by the river in philly. suspecting nothing, we eat and hung out when he suggested we play a game and pulled boggle and scrabble out of his bag. i was slightly confused, but never turn down a game of scrabble so i grabbed the box and went to set it up. i opened the board and he had glued marry me to it.

i was beyond surprised ;) after so much time together i never though he would be able to get me like that! it was cute and very us.

ohjustjess.blogspot.com

Today's Gift said...

What a sweet video!

Not married yet (coming in October!), but here is my proposal story: http://days-of-natasha.blogspot.com/2011/06/jesses-girl.html

It was wonderful!

Jessi said...

My (now) husband and i have been together for ten years, married almost two. so it wasn't a "surprise" for either of us. but we walked along the river with one of our dogs and he asked.

even though i saw it coming it was still romantic to us... a long awaited commitment after many years of love.

::sniff, sniff::

thanks,

Jessi

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

Aw, this is so sweet! And a great example of how a proposal doesn't have to be impressive or grand to be moving. When my fiance proposed, we we just walking around our neighborhood (which has lots of lovely little parks). He said that he really enjoyed how even everyday activities were special because we were together, and how we could do this forever. Then he got on one knee and had the ring. It was a really lovely moment for us, and I liked it even more that it wasn't some huge, "impressive" show. It was very us.

Kristen said...

I love this! My proposal was similar: i was visiting my then-boyfriend and about to head to the airport when he said "oh wait, i have something for you" and pulled a ring out of his pocket! he later told me he had planned to propose new year's eve (this was November 2) but just couldn't wait! so sweet.

shaunna said...

that long hug was beautiful! Jason asked me to marry him on a park bench in brooklyn. he read me a love letter and pulled a gold antique ring from his pocket. he drove straight through the night from Texas to surprise me that morning. we threw an awesome beachside wedding 3 months later!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

My husband and I had been dating for 3 months. We hung out with my (who were on-again off-again constantly!!) earlier that night and were just laying around on the couch of his apartment. I said to Dave (husband) "I wish they would just hurry up and get married already!!" I asked him if he thought we would ever get married? He got up off the couch and brought out a small box. I opened it an it was a beautiful jade necklace and earrings. He started bumbling over his words and said, "I was wondering, maybe, if you wanted to, you can say no if you want. Oh man, wait, don't say no, but I just wanted you to know that I want to marry you." It was very sweet. We consider it my "engagement present." He took me on a series of little vacations over the next several months, teasing that he would properly propose. Then Labor Day weekend, while we were in Mystic, CT visiting his parents, we snuck away to watch the sailboats come into harbor and as the big drawbridge lifted and we ran across to land, he stopped me on a bench and proposed. It was perfect.

maggie said...

lordy, she is pretty. :)

Tamra {walkswithBella} said...

Such a sweet heartwarming proposal!

I still get chills when I think about our proposal, it was amazing. I'll try to be as concise as possible. :) When I first moved to NYC I left my beloved puppy in Texas while I got settled and always knew I would bring her as soon as I could. I started dating my husband and my career took off. Two years went by and I visited my dog as much as I could (she lived with my parents, who absolutely adored her) when Michael proposed he knew that he wanted Bella, my boston terrier, to be apart of it. The evening he proposed we had just flown back from our vacation in MX and we dropped off our luggage at the apt and went to Blue Ribbon for dinner (also was the restaurant we had our first date, and we sat in the same booth. we go there all the time though, one of our fav restaurants and near our apt.) He proposed at Blue Riboon and the tears were flowing. When we got back to our apt, it was decorated in 6 dozed roses, my favorite candles were everywhere, my favorite song, Sinatra's "Come fly with me" was playing, crave cupcakes.... and when I stepped into the door seeing all of this the only thing that I could hear was my BELLA barking in our bedroom. I WAS Floored!! He had her secretly flown up to NYC to live with us (I think it was harder for my parents to say yes to her than me) and while we were at dinner his family was decorating and dropping her off. The evening went on until dawn and the gifts kept coming, champagne (same vintage we first shared together) Tiffany's champagne glasses with our names engraved, Tiffany's Frame and he made a scrapbook of all the reasons we were perfect together and why he loved me.....

Can you tell I love to share that story?? And that was the condensed version! hope you enjoyed. xoxo

Stumbing Through My 20's said...

Aww this is just so sweet - I absolutely love how real and special this moment is!

Sorren said...

That's just the best! I'm not married yet but just got engaged last month! My boyfriend and I have been dating for 7 years already and both knew we were in it for the long haul.

He proposed on July 1st, our anniversary after a delicious dinner - a dinner he practically had to drag me to! July 1st is also Canada Day and I had wanted to spend the day on a patio with friends having drinks and BBQ'ing and acted like a pain when he wanted to hang out just him and I. Finally he convinced me, and it was delicious. Afterwards we made our way to a public garden we often go for walks in, stopping on the way to sneak into a movie theatre to use their washrooms. The garden was already shut for the night so Jack took me across the street to a hidden front lawn of an abandoned house where he took out the ring, started to get down to one knee but decided against it, and said "well, will you??" I loved it.

Afterwards when I asked why he chose not to get on one knee he said "At the last minute I got really nervous you may run away so I thought I should stay standing in case I needed to reach out and grab you quickly"!

Joanna Goddard said...

I LOVE THESE!!!!

Ashley said...

I posted how my hubby proposed here: http://www.theuncomplicatedyear.com/2011/07/our-engagement-story.html

Adj (Tattoos & Champagne) said...

I was soon to move to New Zealand for a year, so as a treat we booked a very posh hotel room before Christmas. I was opening a particularly bulky present, which turned out to be the room's ice bucket with a bottle of champagne in it. As I was reading the card that came with the box, Tony took a box out from his pocket, prepared to get down on one knee...and promptly lost his balance. He landed (hard) on both knees and the ring nearly ended up my nose. Not that it mattered - I was so excited I said "yes" before he put a question mark on the sentence.


4 years later and we're still together! And he still has terrible balance :)

Joanna Goddard said...

my sister's husband proposed when she was asleep! he slipped the ring onto her finger and then she woke up and he proposed and they were too excited to sleep and called my mom in the middle of the night and then went on a sunrise picnic! :)

Swedish in Atlanta said...

Sweet. After ten months of dating, I found my engagement ring as I was carving a pumpkin:) So surprised. Still happily married 14 years later.
Petra

ag. said...

Aaah, I love proposal stories!!

We took our first vacation together as a couple and while on the beach (my fave spot!) in Maui, he prepared a sunset picnic and after dinner and dessert, the ring was my third surprise! Although it was super romantic and potentially very obvious, he had been unemployed for several months prior to our trip so I didn't think it was possible to have a ring! Fooled me! The sweetest part was that since we live across the country from my family, I'd often got sad that if he did propose, I wouldn't be able to tell them in person. However, the second part of our trip was a family holiday so he planned to propose just before it and I was able to tell my family in person. Very thoughtful!

Sarah said...

Sweet video!

We were on a fairytale vacation in France with his entire family. While having dinner way up in the Eiffel Tower, he suggested we go outside for some air, as people nearby were smoking. He was nervous and I was surprised, and champagne followed, and it was magical. Love love love those memories. :)

Genevieve said...

My husband and I are coming up on our 2 year anniversary in August! Time has flown by since he proposed. I was in Paris for a work trip and he flew in to meet me. We spend a week sightseeing and the whole time it felt like we were on honeymoon. Then one night late in our hotel room he left the room and came back in with a little box. He had such a big smile on his face and when I opened the box there was the most beautiful ring inside that he had had custom made. I said yes right away and then we spent the next few days wondering around Paris like giddy teenagers.

macaca grava por cima said...

ok joanna! I'll tell you our story, although it's a very "normal" wedding proposal... yet special, of course!!!!

We were dating for 9 years (but not living together) and we went on summer vacations to the Algarve (a region of beaches in the South of Portugal), more specifically to Carvoeiro, a beautiful vilage over the sea (almost like Positano :-)). One night, we went to the top of a cliff and he started to talk in a very nervous way and saying: "you know... I pictured this with the moon, but tonight there is no moon". And I was like: "this, what??" Then e proposed, with a ring he bought the day before, with the help of a dearest friend that lives in Carvoeiro ;-) and that same friend is now going to be the godfather of my 8 month son.

and we lived happy forever (so I hope!!) :-))))

401 said...

Ahh that's so sweet! I can't wait til I have one.

Lara {simply irresistible blog} said...

My fiance asked me this past Valentine's day. He had set up a lovely candle light dinner in our living room and I said "I would hate to get engaged on Valentine's day, how unoriginal and lame." needless to say when he asked 10 minute later I took back my words. It was perfect and if he had done it any other day I would definitely not have been as speechless!!

Claire said...

heart. bursting. out. of. chest.

beeeeuuooootiful!

emilyjsimpson said...

I love how happy they look! So cute, simple, and perfect :)

Christen said...

My boyfriend (now husband) was having dinner with my father to receive his blessing. After dinner my dad asked him when he was planning to propose. He was planning on proposing a month later at the beach, but he couldn't wait until then.

I was having out at dinner with my friends, completely oblivious that he was even in town. The funny thing was I was complaining the whole night about how I thought it would be so long until we got engaged.

When I finally arrived home I found a rose on my doorstep. My first thought was that it was a trick and someone was going to kill me. I guess that just shows how well he had me fooled. Suddenly I heard a car pull into the driveway, it was him and he was beeping his horn like crazy. He hopped out of the car and ran up to me, got down on one knee and proposed. I was stunned and nervously said yes. He then drove me to the nearby park where we had one of our first dates nearly four years before. We laid in the bed of his truck and drank champagne, totally giddy about everything.

I loved his sense of urgency to propose. The proposal may not have been elaborately planned, but it was spontaneous and heartfelt, which was just right for us.

Loree said...

I had blogged about my proposal. It was at Arches National Park in Moab UT. I had blogged about it here:
http://loreeswritingspace.blogspot.com/search/label/marriage%20proposal

marissa at the boot said...

oh my gosh joanna now i can't stop watching youtube marriage proposals and crying! i love love!

Catherine Masi said...

Gosh, the simplicity of this is extraordinary and so, so pure. How refreshing.
My husband and I had been dating for a few years and one evening on our walk, I asked him if he thinks he'll ever want to marry (this was talked about but never quite come to terms with in the past). So, we agreed, in that moment, just walking side by side, that we would get married. No ring (though over the course of the next few months, he kept surprising me with different "engagement rings" he got in the toy machine at Taco Bell!) Those are still my engagement rings, held as sweet sentiments in my little teeny jewelry box.

Sharon said...

love this

k_darling said...

My husband and I decided to get married after dating for a month, but he felt like a ring and a proposal were important to him. We'd been set up through a mutual friend and met each other for the first time on a blind date starting in Union Square. The day he proposed he told me to meet him there to go see an early evening movie nearby - I had no suspicion that anything was going to happen. He didn't get down on one knee, just sat next to me and asked me to be his wife. The park was packed that day, but no one around us was the wiser.

courtney said...

my husband took me to our college campus one evening, into the very classroom where we met. he had a friend go in and fill the room with tea light candles before we arrived. then he flipped on the overhead projector so that the words "will you marry me?" were projected onto the wall. it was pretty cool. then we sat down at our desks and drank a bottle of wine in the classroom. :)

Gaia• Illustration said...

How sweet! (And so fun to read everyone's stories..)

My husband is definitely the romantic one of the two of us. Honestly, I wasn't expecting a ring.

He took me out to dinner and then insisted we "take a walk to a pretty park" afterwards. I, ahem, complained most of the time.I had to pee, I was tipsy, my shoes hurt. Up many hills, and a few miles later, we made it to a park that over looks the city. Where we had first said I love you to each other two years earlier (then, just on a visit to the state.) Suddenly he was on the ground, and I still didn't get it. Was he tying his shoes? no, just carefully unwrapping a ring he had hidden in his pocket. (I guess the box didn't fit, and in the moment he was terrified he'd drop the ring by accident and it would go flying over the side of the ravine.) Oh my goodness what a sweet heart. I said yes and we got married a month ago. lucky, lucky girl.

Emom said...

YES!

Anna said...

You can find mine here: http://annaperkins.blogspot.com/2011/04/l-o-v-e-ly-weekend.html. It was perfect!

M said...

The sun was setting in Santa Monica. We were walking on the beach, one of us found a stick and we wrote little messages to each other in the sand. After a while, he asked me to look away and when I was allowed to look he had written "{My name} will you marry me?"
It was the most perfect moment!

No engagement ring (but I got the most enormous bling I could imagine on our 8th anniversary, and that is what I call my engagement ring).

We married outdoor about two months later, overlooking the sea!

kate said...

Her reaction is so awesome - just pure joy.

My husband asked me to marry him in front of the fridge in our kitchen right before we were set to go out to dinner. He said, "you look nice but there is something missing," which I thought was really weird because I was wearing my heavy winter coat. Then he got down on one knee and proposed. I was so surprised and thrilled and I have always been so happy he asked me in our kitchen. It's where we have all of our big life discussions. We got married seven months later.

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions said...

That's very sweet. Same thing happened for me in Puerto Rico. Sunset, beach... no ring. Just felt right.

Kacie
http://www.acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/

J Leigh said...

That's adorable!

My fiance tricked me at our housewarming party. He said he wanted to make a toast and motioned for me to come over and sit on his knee (as I always do, he is a foot taller than me). He went into a speech thanking everyone for coming, then said he'd give everyone another reason to celebrate, and proposed! Yay!

Amber @ fromtheseeds said...

My lovely beau proposed this last Christmas eve. I was at my parents house for the night (we live together but go to our separate parents for Christmas). I was particularly sad this Christmas as it is so hard to not have him there. At about 11pm I was getting ready to go to sleep in the bedroom where I grew up and I heard pebbles against my window. He would do this when we first started dating. I was joyed to see him, thinking he missed me so much he left his parents to spend Christmas with us. I opened the front door to let him in and there he was on one knee with this giant ring, and so many sweet words. It was perfect.

Catie said...

I grew up playing the piano, but had to leave mine at home when I left for college, and for years missed it so much. In Dec. 09, right before Christmas, my then-boyfriend found a beautiful, vintage piano for sale and (with lots of help) moved it into my guest bedroom while I was out of the house. He then made me a beautiful, eight course dinner (not kidding!). After dinner, he said we should go ahead and exchange Christmas gifts since we were leaving town the next day for the holidays. He walked me into the spare bedroom and pulled off the sheet he had covered the piano with. I jumped up and down and finally turned around to see him down on one knee, holding out an engagement ring. I said, "Are you serious?" and then "YES!" We decided to keep the news as just ours that night, then went out for a late breakfast the next morning to celebrate our happy secret.

That afternoon, we called my dad. This was really special, because he passed away two months later and didn't get to walk me down the aisle. He was the perfect person to share our news with first, and said that it was one of the happiest moments of his life. I'll always remember those twenty-four hours as so glowing and happy and full.

Krysta said...

We had been dating long-distance for 2 years and talked about getting engaged and moving to the same state, so on the one hand I knew that he had been looking at rings and that it would be happening sometime soon. But when I visited him the weekend after Valentines day and we had a fun romantic Friday date and no proposal I assumed it would happen some other visit.

But, on Saturday night, I was sitting on the sofa, putting my shoes on, getting ready to go out and meet up with his friends who were in town, and out of the blue he pulls out the ring and spontaneously proposes.

As it turns out, he was having the ring made by an artist in Rhode Island and it came, unexpected, in the FedEx that morning. He had originally planned a different proposal for a different visit, but just couldn't wait.

I started freaking out. Our proposal story was not exactly what either of us had expected but turned out pretty perfect for us.

Meredith said...

What a beautiful moment to capture!
My now-husband and I doing long distance when we got engaged: he lived in DC, and I was in grad school in New Hampshire and living with my parents. He managed to secretly meet my parents for lunch halfway in between and asked for their blessing, and I can't believe I didn't figure it out!
For the actual proposal, he booked a flight up to NH and hired a car to drive him to my parents' house. As it turned out, I happened to be the only one outside when he drove up, but I hadn't showered yet and was gardening, so my hands were all dirty. I saw the car pull in and hid! I eventually saw him but didn't figure out the whole situation until he was actually proposing.
There was nothing fancy about it, but the thought he put into it all was so sweet!

PoetessWug said...

My hubby came to the nursing home after hours, where I was working a 3-11 shift and wearing a white stained uniform. He talked his way past the guard who knew who he was, and brought me a huge bouquet of red roses. He got down on one knee while I think I was wearing rubber gloves! LOL He asked. I tried to talk him out of it...kinda. He was sure. I knew a good thing when it came packaged in this kind of surety, and I said yes before he came to his senses and got away!!!! Tears and the smell of a nursing home at night. Ahhhhhh! Love!! :-)

Cassimus T. said...

I love this, and i love reading everyone else's stories! I love when wedding proposals really reflect the couple :)

My husband proposed on Christmas Eve. Cliche, I know- but it was perfect for us. We went to our downtown square (which was COVERED in lights. of course - so gorgeous) and exchanged presents on this secluded balcony of a business office that we had found our first year of dating, 5 years ago. He had told me earlier that he went a little over board with the gifts, and after a few presents I had assumed he was referring to a rather expensive item that he had given me. After we exchange gifts, we always just sit, hold hands, and people watch for a while..and we did this, which is what threw me off. RIGHT before we headed back to the car, he exclaimed "OH! I Forgot, i have one more gift! " Pulled the ring out of his pocket and simply said "will you marry me? ...please?" It was so simple. so us. perfect. :)

sweetcheeks317 said...

That's so sweet!! Much happiness to them. After 4 years of dating, I was lucky enough to have our proposal caught on video, too, and it tells the story. I still cry when I watch it. :) If you're so inclined, feel free to watch
http://vimeo.com/10170450

Aneta said...

We were together for 5 years and had a child, so we knew that we'd be married one day, though I thought we'd marry in front of justice of the peace, without an official engagement prior to it. To be honest I couldn't picture him proposing, he's the sweetest, funniest guy, but grand romantic gestures are just not in his DNA.

Last April just the two of us took a much anticipated trip to Iceland to spend some quality time together doing what we love the most.
We were at Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall which you can walk behind. The view of falling water was absolutely breathtaking and remember myself saying (for the twentieth time that day,) "This is the most incredible place I've ever been to."
It took me a while to realize that my boyfriend was on his knee asking me to marry him. At first I thought he was joking, (Really dude, behind a waterfall, in Iceland?) until I saw a ring. I think I let out a scream of excitement, because I saw a couple of guys turn around and go back down the path they were coming - I'd like to think that they wanted to give us some privacy to celebrate, but most likely they were weirded out by my freak out.

This is my favorite picture of this trip and the only one documenting our engagement. I can't believe that it actually turned out OK, considering that we took it with a self timer and a "tripod" made out of
rocks!

http://tumblr.com/xac2kcqx0j

Anabel said...

My husband asked me three times before I said yes. The first time he asked me was the day after we made up from the worst fight we'd ever had. I told him he must be joking because there is no way I was going to say yes just then. Then he asked me again about two weeks later while my parents were in town visiting meeting him for the first time. He leaned over in the kitchen and said will you marry me now? Again I asked him if he was serious. It was a really terrible fight we'd been in and I was still kind of recovering, plus I told him that I felt like actions speak so much louder than words and he needed to do something - a grand gesture - and I was clear that it didn't need to be a ring, per se, but he had to do something to show me he was really serious. Finally on Christmas morning he had me open a smallish box with these beautiful earrings I'd been admiring at the little Boutique I worked in. He said to me, "those are your engagement earrings, will you marry me now?" Of course at this point I said yes! And we immediately called all of our family to let them know. What David didn't know was that I had convinced his brother Andrew and Andrew's wife to fly to Boise to surprise David for his 35th birthday. So that evening I made up some excuse to leave the house and went to the airport to collect his family. It was a terrific day of surprises.

Finally, being that I love to design things, David let me design my own engagement ring. I wasn't sure when I was going to get it though. We had planned an 18 month engagement because of all the people who had to fly so far to join us for the wedding, and on the one year countdown to our wedding David took me camping at this secluded lake in the Idaho mountains. It was beautiful. We climbed up on some rocks to watch the sunset and I looked down at these huge boulders and said "look, that rock is in the shape of a heart." David replied, "That's a nice rock, but I think this one is nicer. Anabel will you do me the honor of marrying me?" He nervously slipped the engagement ring over my finger. It was amazing! I cried like a baby even though we were already engaged!

Anonymous said...

I had told my then boyfriend that for my birthday I wanted something shiny. He responded to that by saying he's going to buy me 50 yards of aluminum foil. We laughed and on the day before my birthday, he presented me with a MASSIVE ball of tin foil in it was my engagment ring and a note that said "Will you?" It was so different and special to us. We've been married for 3 and half months now :)

-Caro

Tonia said...

My husband proposed to me on a Lake Superior beach. We were camping and had just woken up. It was chilly, and he made me oatmeal to warm me up and we were watching the sunrise over the Apostle Islands, inside my sleeping bag, when he popped the question. :)
See the pictures here. It was pretty awesome.

Karena said...

So many wondrful stories! My late husband proposed at The La Jolla Venetian after walking along the beach!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

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andrea despot said...

I'll try to make my long, complicated engagement story as short as possible:

The back story is that Sean, my fiancé, and I have been dating for about 5 years, but have been long distance for 4 years (I live in Virginia and he lived in Florida at the time).

A few years ago he was in Japan and when he came back to the States, I flew down to visit him for a week. He was showing me all of the cool things he'd bought and then he gave me my souvenir: a really awesome old medium format camera. When I opened the back there was a little plaid envelope with my name on it and a ring inside! Which was very appropriate because I'm a photographer.

I ended up saying no because, even though I'd known that he was "the one" ever since our first week of dating, I didn't feel ready to get married, let alone be engaged. I also thought that since we still had no plan on how/when/where to end the long distance thing, it wouldn't solve our problem of actually BEING together. It sounds silly now, but it's what I felt at the time. Sean later told me that he really expected me to say yes (I know I broke his heart a little and probably really confused him with my answer), but I guess it goes to show how strong we were as a couple that he knew I wasn't completely saying no and of course we continued to be together.

So fast forward a few years, to just this past Christmas. Sean flew up to Virginia and then my family drove up to Ohio to visit all of our extended family and for Sean to meet most of them for the first time. We arrived at my grandparent's house late at night and I think they were both more excited to see Sean than to see me! They'd only met him once before at my college graduation about 3 years before. We talked with them and told them of our plans to move to San Francisco - Sean would soon be starting school to get his Master's and then I would join him a few months later. My grandparents then asked about our future plans and if we were engaged and we gave our usual answer of "No, not really, not officially, we might as well be, but no." They both looked disappointed, my grandfather looking quite mad actually.

Later that night my grandmother said she wanted to talk to Sean and I in her room. So we followed her in, scared to death that we were going to get a lecture on "living in sin" and such. She closed the door and told us to sit on her bed, so we sat, our stomachs dropping. She fumbled around a bit, saying she was embarrassed to ask and afraid of stepping on Sean's toes in case he was planning something himself, but that she and Grandpa had talked about it for a long time and wanted me, as the oldest granddaughter, to have her mother's ring for our engagement, a family heirloom from the 1920s. She wasn't sure when to ask but was afraid she wouldn't get another chance to do so because of her age. Sean said he was fine with it because he doesn't have the means to ask right now. I said I didn't mind either, of course. So she gave the ring to him and he put it on my finger and then the three of us stood in a circle, hugging and crying and laughing about what nerds we are!

So, after all that, we finally got engaged! By my grandmother!

Rachael Lamb said...

My fiance proposed on rocks over the water in Charleston, on a Civil War fort at sunset. He had his brother hiding in the bushes taking pictures. It was perfect!

diane :: hunnyplum said...

We dated for 6 months...and he is just perfect. I would, of course, drop subtle hints. I knew we were meant to be together, but just waited for him to realize it too. And he did...on Christmas Eve...in front of his entire family! I came over and helped host Chrismtas at his house and as everyone finished opening their Eve gift, he asked me to come stand by him and he thanked everyone for coming and told them how much he loved me and got down on one knee. No one had any idea!! 6 months later we were married on the anniversary of our first date. Perfection.

unopened envelope said...

I wrote about our proposal story here:
http://anunopenedenvelope.blogspot.com/2011/02/big-news.html
I was so surprised that David proposed that day (I had secretly thought he might on my 30th birthday a month later) that it took me a few moments (well, hours!) to catch up with what was happening. David was busy calling everyone that evening and I kept saying "You are so good at being engaged!"...It was so fun to tell family and friends when I finally realised we were engaged! We are getting married next July in my childhood garden. So excited!

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Aww, this feels very similar to mine, which happened this past Saturday!!! So surreal. I'm sharing the proposal story on my blog tomorrow :) xo

Tia said...

My husband planned the sweetest proposal. He planned a trip for us to London (or so I thought) for my 30th birthday. In the car ride on the way there I find out we are going to Paris, Milan and Lake Como, italy and London was all a cover! I had always wanted to go to Paris since I had never been and Italy was the icing on the cake! :)

On the second day in Paris we were sitting in front the Eiffel waiting for the tower to light up for the evening. It was a cool evening out and we had been sitting and chatting for a while and then he got down on one knee and proposed to me right there! We got it all on film too!

Yes, some may say its a little cliche, but all the planning he went to and now knowing he was going through airport scurity with my ring in his back pocket made me realize how special he wanted our proposal to be.

We call it our Engagemoon. :)

The Triplets of Bellevue said...

This is so cute! What a sweet reaction. How did your husband propose, Joanna?

Alex said...

We were at our favorite ice cream shop. The flavor of the day was "Engage-Mint!" Two of my favorite things: puns and ice cream.

Bek said...

Oooh love is so wonderful and exciting! My hubby proposed on the side of a river, during a canoe ride in a little country town in Western Australia! Hurrah for love!

Sabrina said...

not married yet, but engaged. similar situation -- simple and hearfelt. we were in Australia briefly for work (he was working, i just went along) early one morning he asked if i wanted to take a walk. as we walked along the water, i noticed him lagging behind. when i turned around to see what he was up to, he was on one knee. no ring, no plan.. just perfect. we had only been dating 4 months at the time but i knew he was the one. we have yet to set a date as we just welcomed a brand new little one to our lovefest. the cliche is true -- you know when its right.

Allison said...

That really made me smile.

dana @ wonder forest said...

aw that's so cute when you just KNOW. i love that he did it that way and didn't make a big production out of it like some men do.
xo dana
thewonderforest.com

Gray Skies said...

What a sweet story! My husband proposed to me when we were at our favorite tea shop - he didn't even know he was going to ask me then, but he said the moment just felt right!

Kelsey Ann Hicks said...

My husband proposed in the same city and in the same way my father proposed to my mother with his own twist and a personal touch, it was perfect :)

Taylor {The Proposal Enthusiast} said...

Love this... as I love all proposals! Thanks for finding another sweet one!

Karelys (Beltran) Davis said...

as a psychology student just finishing my AA I was concerned that love or being in love was not real but just a bunch of electrons flying through your brain giving you a crazy buzz from all the hormonal coctail. So I wanted to make the decision to be married once I had come down from the "high" of being in love.
I convinced my husband (who worked hard for 2 years to be able to date me) that we should not discuss marriage until we were 2 years into dating (my research demonstrated that it took about 2 years for people to come down from the inlove feeling.

He unhappily agree.

One night a little before it had been a full year of officially dating he brought up the subject of marriage and I was so nervous and the first thing that came to my mind was teh creditreport.com commercial where the boy gets married to the girl of her dreams but because of the bad credit they can't get an apartment and have to live in her parents' basement.

The first thing that came out of my mouth was "how's your credit!? do you have debt!?"

He said he owed $1200.

I said he had to clear it first and then we'd talk.

I went to Mexico to visit my grandparents for a week and that was the first time we were apart for so long.

When I came back he hugged me hard and whispered:

"I am debt free!"

I knew it meant that he wanted to get married. He wanted to set a date right there and then so we did.

Then he went and bought a ring and had "the talk" with my dad.

It was so hard to keep the secret for so long!

So we spent about three months engaged without a ring.

Many people gave me "the looks" when I told them we were engaged. But where I come from diamond rings are not a common thing for weddings, unless you are americanized.

My parents don't wear rings to this day and they've been married for 25 years!

I love that my husband worked so hard to date me, get engaged, get married and stay married.

On day he told me that a little bit after meeting me he bet his friends I'd be his wife one day. Of course they teased him then fist bumped him at the wedding :)

Renée said...

this is so cute!!!

xo

Jayne said...

That's so unique, funny they can always watch that moment.

My husband took me out to the beach on Lake Michigan, we swam and sunned I had no clue. He decided we should go climb a sand dune.

He picked the steepest sand dune of course, I was dying and repeatedly told him I wasn't going to make it. He literally pushed me up the whole way. LOLOL Once sweet relief of shade and flat ground came, we kissed and took some pics and then he pulled out the ring. It was in slow-motion and I was speechless. He asked twice because I couldn't get a word out the first time.

Kate said...

Engagements are such a special moment however they happen.

What surprises me though is how nervous it makes the person doing the asking. My own fiancée, my brother and a few of my friends were so nervous when they asked their other halves to marry them. Even though they had been with their partners for many years and were fairly certain of the answer they were going to get. My poor fiancée couldn't get the words out fast enough and now we are getting married in two months - I can't wait!

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Annalise said...

That is the cutest thing! And the couple is so adorable.

My fabulous husband (who never wanted to get married) surprised me when we were visiting our hometown by taking me on a "date night" to all of our favorite places, including the place where we first kissed (which is also now where he proposed). Since he had been so against marriage for so long (and apparently had been really pushing it to throw me off for the previous 6 months) I made him ask me 3 times, just to make sure.

We have the happiest, most wonderful marriage now and I'm so glad that he listened to all of my reasons why marriage is what you make it. Ladies - they do listen!

Gudrun said...

I love how my sweet fiance proposed; just 3 months ago too! Very spur of the moment. We had just bought of our first place together. One Sunday morning, we went to Home Depot to pick up some paint samples for our living room. As we were painting 2x2 sqaure patches on the wall, listening to Bob Barley, wearing blue jeans, t-shirts and baseball hats he turned to me and proposed! With a gorgeous ring, with a center diamond belonging to his great-grandmother. It was the sweetest moment ever.Very personal, quiet and tender. In our first home, before we even moved in where we were staring our life together. It's hard to imagine a moment ever topping that! And we got a lovely paint color and "our song" out of it too! We didn't have a song before then. "Is this Love" by Bob Marley happened to be playing! Great timing. And the swatch I was painting when he interrupted me, was Provence Creme by Behr! Our living room wall color and the rest is history!

Anne Zimmerman said...

Ours was more or less exactly like that, except my now-husband was wearing a funny fuzzy brown bath robe. We got engaged 2/14 and married on July 1!

Gaby said...

Do you think it's too bad if the girl proposes? I've been wanting to do that, and I feel like it could ruin the romance! What do you guys think? xxx

Bethany said...

My musician husband picked me up from school and took me over to his house one evening (I was in college but he had just graduated the semester before.) When we got there he sat me down in a chair and picked up his guitar to play me a song. He played a chord or two, but set down the guitar to go get his "capo" and when he came back he kneeled down in front of me with the box in his hand. I was shocked! So shocked I didn't say yes at first, but instead giggled nervously and said, "Is this really happening?! Is that thing real?!" He just smiled and then I teared up and said yes. What I can remember to this day is how he wasn't nervous - he's always nervous when he is about to do something important. But in that moment it was like he had never been more sure of himself in his whole life. It reassured me that I could trust him with my life, too.

Emily said...

I don't know if anyone has said this yet but she looks just like Kate Middleton!

MissBliss said...

On spring break from my teaching job, I was visiting a very special childhood friend in Boulder, CO. I lived in Miami, FL at the time.

It was the first time we'd seen each other since I was 16 and he was 18. Now we were 33 and 35, picking up right where we'd left off.

We sat overlooking the city of Boulder, and knowing I was free for the summer and thinking of spending it in Boulder, as a "roommate" at his then bachelor pad, he said, "You are cordially invited to come for the summer..." and we both knew we'd be sticking together for life... I said "YES."

Here's a pic of us at age 8 and 10, and more of the story.

http://chocolateshoesandcoffee.blogspot.com/search?q=circa

Thanks for all this joy, Jo!

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Mariela said...

This proposal was very sweet and cute. Ours was very lovely and far away at the same time.
My husband was in the navy and at that time he was in Afganisthan, one day I open my email and he wrote me this beautiful letter and at the end he ask me if I want to get married, I wrote it back with my answers, obviously saying yes : ). It was a mix of emotions because we were really happy but he was so far away, but at the end we got married, that was 9 years ago. It is a beautiful memory!.

Anonymous said...

I love her reaction :)

My husband proposed to me on our way to get coffee early on a Saturday morning next to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. I had my glasses on and bed head. He hugged me and told me he loved me and wanted to be with me forever and got down on one knee with the ring. I cried and said yes. It was three months after we met. It was perfect.

Baftani said...

oh so sweet! i olove a good romantic story.
http://baftani.blogspot.com/

shannon*bear said...

So sweet! I love how she reacts! My Mr. proposed to me on our Brazilian blanket at a local lake, he just randomly asked me much like he asked her. He tied a string ring around my finger and we were married about 5 weeks later!

xo Shannon

Katie said...

So sweet :) I love reading everyone's stories!

brittney elizabeth said...

i just got engaged last week and my fiance proposed to me in a hot air balloon with a huge "marry me" sign down below. it was pretty fabulous. :)

jessica quadra photography said...

my husband proposed in a similar manner. we were on a mini vacation in monterey, ca and he got down on one knee under the most gorgeous tree. we got married under the tree almost exactly one year later!

Alison Pearldiver said...

My husband proposed to me at 2:00 AM in a funky little hotel room in San Francisco, while we were bathing together in an old clawfoot tub. There was no plan and no ring, as he puts it, he looked at me (blush) and new that he wanted to be with me forever. He simply said, " Will you marry me?", I said, " Of course" and we both cried. He later asked if I was sad that he didn't have a ring for me. I am so glad he didn't because we were able to create a custom ring together.
Incidentally I had planned to propose to him the following day, he beat me to it.

Erica said...

I love reading everyone's engagement stories. I'm always so surprised that I am in the minority when it comes to engagement stories - I would have been completely offended if my husband had proposed to me. My husband and I sat down and talked it through together and once we knew that is what we wanted to do, my husband designed us matching engagement necklaces - something I absolutely loved, because then we both had a special symbol and reminder of our promise while we were planning our big day!

Sunshine said...

how adorable!

Cynthia said...

I can't stop watching this. It's so so sweet!!!!

My husband and I never went on dates since we lived far away from one another.

We moved to Philly after awhile and then one night he asked me out on a date. Dinner, a drive through Philly, photos near the Art Museum, a light show at the Franklin Institute and then flowers and candles lit up in our kitchen. He asked me to dance (which we always did in our kitchen) and then said he had one more surprise.... I thought it was going to be dessert. It was actually him getting down on one knee with this beautiful pearl ring that I had my eye on.

Anonymous said...

Check out my friend's video proposal that she made all by herself to her (now) hubby.

http://www.emilymiles.com/category/blog/page/2

Jaimie said...

I have a great engagement story. After two years of dating, my now-husband surprised me with a trip up north for my birthday. He had booked us in at a rustic lodge close to the summer camp that I attended for many years. The camp is remote and can only be accessed by boat or by hiking in, and he suggested we canoe over to the camp together. We were still within sight of the lodge when the canoe TIPPED OVER, plunging us (and, unbeknownst to me, the engagement ring) into the frigid water. Luckily, my husband was quick- witted enough to grab the backpack with the ring!

After squelching back to the lodge, we hiked into camp and my husband proposed in a secluded spot by the lake. I still had bedraggled hair, no makeup on, and was wearing my husband's socks because I had soaked my only pair. It was wonderful, romantic, personal and memorable!

Laura Wynn said...

ahaha! So, so so so perfect :) her reaction is the greatest.

Whitney said...

We got in engaged in Park City, Utah. We are from NC and were vacationing there. My fiance scheduled a snowmobile tour and when we got to the top of the mountain Chris got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I heard clicking behind us and it turns out the other couple with us were photographers!!! Amazing memories and we were married a year later.

Bridget said...

My husband and I dated for five years before he proposed. We picked out a ring and planned a big trip to Europe, but when we returned there was still no proposal. One week later he knocked on my door and we went on a day long scavenger hunt that he had set up. At every stop in the day there were Scrabble tiles, a clue, and GPS coordinates to the next stop. Throughout the day we went kayaking, went rock climbing, went to the movies (it was over 100 degrees that day!), and ended up in Lake Tahoe under the stars on the dock where we shared our first kiss five years prior to that night. After discovering that the Scrabble tiles spelled out "May I be your husband?" he got down on one knee with the ring and asked me. Five years later we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our first child.

erica said...

awww love that video!

here's our proposal story:
After 4 years of dating, my boyfriend at the time went off traveling in the Himalayas for 2months - while he was there he carved me a ring from a piece of wood he had found during one of his mountain hikes.

I met up with him for the last leg of his trip in Morocco a few months later and he proposed under the stars in the Sahara just us, the sky, some camels and our guide!

The ring made my heart melt - it makes me smile every time I look at it

lovely post Joanna. xo

Dotty dot dot said...

My husband proposed to me after dinner one night. He gave me a diamond in a box, and I asked, "what's this?" and he said, "this is me proposing."

Ha!

Instead of getting me a ring, he got me a stone, so I could design my ring to my choosing. A nifty idea, I thought :)

Andrea said...

We dated long distance for almost a year and then he decided to move to my city in May. We didn't live together. We had the most amazing summer. In September we were just talking in bed one morning and I said something about how we both kept referring to the future like we would be together. He said that is what he wanted. I made a joke about not wanting to be 40 when I got married (I was 38 at the time). And then he asked me to marry him. I wasn't expecting it really. It was very sweet, organic, mutual. We were so excited. Later, we worked with an awesome jewelry maker to design my ring. He picked it up without me knowing it and proposed "proper" at our favorite restaurant.

This video made me so happy. It is simple and sweet and authentic. I loved it.

iheartkiwi said...

Awww I just love this! So sweet.

Kiwi proposed while we were in New Zealand visiting his family :)

gemma said...

joanna, i heart your blog, because it feels real, as if i am having a conversation with friends. every time i read a cup of jo, i leave feeling like i just hung out with people i really liked!

allison said...

awww this is so cute!

after spending a few days in a beautiful park on the beach in costa rica we took a drive south to a beach covered in driftwood and filled with surfers. it rained all day, but we always make it a point to see any sort of sunset when traveling so we took a little walk in the rain. i said something in passing like "so funny, i really thought you were going to propose this week." then he said..."what would you do if i did?" and had the ring in his hand! he tried to say something really heartfelt, but i kept yelling "no way! get out! really?" haha! in the end i said yes!

Emma said...

that video is so dear. i can see it being cherished by them for years

my now-husband and I (we met in kindergarten) had already decided that it was time to marry after two years of dating. still, I didn't know when he'd propose.

I had been in a horrible accident just prior to us getting together. I was left with a severe concussion and could no longer eat at many restaurants due to background noise and headaches. He told me he found the perfect "concussion friendly" place to eat.

I was surprised when we got take out from my favorite restaurant - then he took me to 'the cathedral of learning' a beautiful stone building on the campus where we went to college. In a small, quiet study cove we ate and talked. After, he took me by the window and said - what if we were to just have a small ceremony here. I turned and he was on a knee. "Will you marry me?"

He was able to restore my grandmother's setting and use a diamond from his mother. (it fit perfectly and i had no idea)

five months later we had our parents and step parents and pastor meet in that stone room on the second floor. I sneakily got my dress on in the bathroom - walked down the aisle of a hallway and married him where he proposed.

it's our one year anniversary this month. I loved reading all these stories. makes me want to go smooch my guy

Natalie's Life said...

This is great! I couldn't help but smile. =)

nataliemack.blogspot.com

Lillie said...

oh, so sweet! my lover proposed to me by a lake in autumn, surrounded by a cacaphony of orange, red and yellow leaves. so beautiful. only he got down on one knee, and the dogs (who had been swimming in the lake) thought they were going to get cuddles! so i turned around and james was desperately trying to avoid being jumped on by wet dogs. we joke he almost ended up marrying our dog not me, b/c Caspar got there before me :)

http://lillie-florabloom.blogspot.com/

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

That is such a sweet video!!!

leigh said...

I just cannot stop smiling when I watch this!!
Love, Leigh

Lara said...

My husband (then boyfriend) and I had dinner at this romantic place overlooking a small volcano within a lake. On our way home, we stopped by a fruit stand. He popped the trunk of the car to put the fruits in and got out a guitar and sang U2's All I Want Is You to me inside the car. :)

Kat said...

That's EXACTLY the same thing my boyfriend said to me when he proposed last year :) He had a ring, but I'm pretty sure the moment was nearly as spontaneous - we were standing around Zilker Park after The National had finished playing at ACL. This made me smile so big!

sara said...

My husband proposed to me in the most wonderful way. He was living in Baltimore at the time and I was living in Philadelphia. I drove down to visit him for the weekend, let myself into his building and found a note on his apartment door. It was a clue, which started a huge scavenger hunt all over the city. He involved our closest friends. It meant so much to go to each new place and see one of my best friends waiting with the next clue. He sent me to our favorite cafe, where his roommate was waiting with sandwiches and drinks. From there it was off to our favorite tea/chocolate shop to pick up truffles from our mutual best friend. From there I drove all the way across town and ended up at Federal Hill, which overlooks Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the downtown skyline. He was waiting at the top of the hill with wine and a ring. We talked, ate and I cried a little. Before we left, he pointed across the water to a swanky hotel where we spent that night. It was an amazing day.

SophiaFredricka said...

Yay! I love proposal stories! My husband proposed 3.5 years ago. He had ants in his pants all morning and asked if I wanted to go for a walk. It was a yucky March day with half-melted snow everywhere. We walked by the Mississippi River (.5 miles from our house). I was apparently not cooperating with his plan to surprise me so he took me square by the shoulders, knelt down and held the ring out saying "Christa, will you marry me?". I was astonished and said "YES!". He had this big goofy grin so I asked if he was serious. He looked a little concerned and said, "yeah, are you?". We were married that fall on a mountain top in Montana and now have a sweet little daughter!

Jessica said...

The Bear asked me to marry him on December 19. At our huge family Hanukkah party, we always take photos on the stairs at my grandmother's house. First one of the 20- and 30-somethings, and anyone they brought: friends, boyfriends, spouses, professors, whoever. Then, to fit all the little kids in, we kick out anyone who isn't "official" (engaged or married). I usually cruise-direct this process, but when I turned around to logisticize, Chris had a ring box open.

"So, Gypsy," he said (my nickname is Gypsy like his is Bear), "is there room in your caravan?"

Me: "What?" (with a big L painted on my forehead)

I was so unprepared and shocked, that I did almost pass out. (Kissed him Yes instead.) My uncle had been video taping the whole photo process, so he unintentionally got the whole shebang on film.

-sigh-

Princess Margaret Hajjar said...

My husband proposed to me a little over a year ago and we just celebrated our nine month anniversary! He had flown me to meet him in NYC where he was recording an album and then proposed to me in Battery Park facing the Statue of Liberty ... The thing I remember most is how utterly shocked I was that "it" was really happening! You can see this shock in the video he made from that moment .... I still tear up when I watch it:) enjoy!

this is the link - http://vimeo.com/14121237

Jenn said...

I don't really have a proposal story, but I did just catch my brother's on video this past Saturday...
http://watkinsfam.blogspot.com/2011/07/now-thats-good-fortune.html
Love your blog, btw.

Harmony said...

Australian summer, sunset beach walk. My huband stopped grabbed me and said 'I love you,will you marry me?' His face looked as if he had just a had a complete revelation. Spontaneous, exhilerating and a complete surprise! Married 8 years in March with our first baby due in January.

maggie said...

For my fella's birthday, I planned a winery tour in upstate New York. As we were preparing to leave for the first winery, I found a note which said, all I want for my birthday is you for the rest of my life. Attached to the note was my great-grandmother's engagement ring. When I turned to him, speechless, he said, well, will you marry me?

We spent the rest of the day going from winery to winery with big, goofy grins on our faces. We returned the following year and got married on a hillside overlooking the vineyards and a lake.

Robin said...

My husband asked me in a letter :) He had left for basic training, and I received the letter on my birthday, about a month after he had left. So many people have asked me whether I was disappointed in the way he proposed, but considering our situation at the time I think it was extremely appropriate. I wouldn't have asked for anything different.

Grace said...

very much enjoyed this.

Alisa Kempf said...

My fiance asked me at our favorite place: a cliff overlooking the ocean with yellow flowers growing everywhere. We go there often to feed squirrels and talk about life or just sit in the sun. After a few minutes of happy silence, he told me he loved me more than he ever thought he could and pulled out an amazing antique grey diamond ring. I didn't hear another thing he said because I was so blissfully surprised. We went to our favorite restaurant to celebrate: a divey Lebanese place. It was perfection: ordinary but so lovely.

Andrea said...

All I told him was that I wanted to be surprised

http://picsoandrea.blogspot.com/2010/10/proposal-surprise.html

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

xoxo, dania said...

i love this!!! so precious!

k.t.p said...

My engagement story is one for the grandkids! Considering how ordinary our love story is...two accountants meet at work, our engagement was fireworks :) My fiance' organised for us to go on a romantic weekend away to a 4 star bush lodge (I love South Africa!) complete with game drives and a romantic spa bath. Then he woke me up at 5am the next morning for a HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE! And he proposed while floating silently over a herd of springbok. The funniest part was that there was no space to get down on one knee in the tiny balloon basket. So since then, I've had about 20 on-one-knee proposals :) The best weekend of my life so far!

Allison said...

Oh this is fun! My husband and I met in high school (he was at an all boys and I was at an all girls school). 2 of our friends were dating freshman year and we started talking on the phone. He eventually worked up the courage to invite himself to my pool's lifeguard party where it all began! 10 years later he pretended to get lost on our way to dinner and happened to stop to look at the map in front of the pool. There he asked me to be his wife! It was perfect. Afterwards he took me to our favorite Cuban restaurant where both our families were waiting to surprise me and the sweet restaurant owners had a banner, balloons, and flowers waiting. It was seriously the best night of my life!

littlewinterbride said...

This is the most perfect proposal I have ever heard of. Simple yet romantic. I'm one of those that just doesn't understand the firework huge production type of proposal, ya don't need it. The words, "will you marry me"?, are precious and romantic alone, coming from the person you love. What could be better then that?
My engagement came after a friendship of 10 yrs to 1 1\2 yrs of long distance dating to a 1\2 year dating on the same continent (my big move from NYC to Italy). We were taking a mellow hike in the alps, reached the top and sat on a picnic bench for a rest, when my hubs sweetly and nervously, whispered in my ear, will you marry me? um YES. It was sort of a surprise but we had been talking about for a while so it wasn't out of the blue. There was no ring. We decided to pick one out together but when we got back to Milan the to share the news with his mama, she said "Hold on a sec" and left the room, only to come back with a ridiculous, gorg family heirloom diamond ring and said "would this work"? I couldn't believe my eyes. I about almost fell of the chair. It was so sentimental having my mother in law part of the engagement.

Sara said...

Hi Joanna,

We visited Rome the year of his proposal (together for 6 years at that time)and I saw THE most beautiful ring, made by a designer in the shop, I tried it on, fell in love with it. On our seventh anniversary I woke up with a little black box containing the ring on my pillow. He just said, let's get married! And we did 6 months later!

Ashley said...

My fiance and I started our travels around Southeast Asia 6 months ago. Our plan was to backpack through as many countries as we could before ultametly settling down to teach English as a foreign language to young children. A week into our adventure we found ourselves on a beautiful beach in Narra, Palawan, an island in the Philippines. My fiance woke me up for the sunrise and it was there underneath the beautiful sky where he asked me to marry him! I wrote about it here: http://wander-well.com/2011/01/23/our-happy-day/

We are currently located in Hanoi, Vietnam working in International Kindergartens on a one year contract. We are looking forward to the little vacations throughout the year where we can strap on our backpacks again and explore another new country.

Joanna Goddard said...

i am in LOVE with these comments!!! thank you so much for sharing. (Harmony, your description was so sweet:)

Joanna Goddard said...

ps. i keep watching this video:) i love how excited and giggly they are, totally adorable and charming.

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littlepinkkitchen said...

Aww, so sweet.

Mr P hid the ring in a kinder egg and had the waietr in the fancy pants restaurant we were in bring it to me. It was amazing!

Emily said...

Awww.

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alida said...

My hubby proposed to me in a similiar way. We were on vacation in Thailand and then one night we were taking a stroll on the beach and it just happened...he just said it felt like the right time...no ring and no plans! Just pure and straight from the heart xxx

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CAPITOL BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT said...

Argentina. Christmas Eve. Just as the fireworks were going off at midnight (why don't we do that on christmas?!) We were both a bit tipsy and he didn't say much, but it couldn't have been better. He won a million points for sneaking the ring down. Also, he's just great. Can't wait to get married in October!

Mary Collette said...

He proposed at the winter olympics in Vancouver! We rented bikes by the Olympic (eternal:) flame and biked with 2 of our friends out to Stanley Park where you could see the whole city in the background. He got down on one knee at Hallelujah Park and popped the question. It was so fun to celebrate afterwords with people from all over the world! And now I can say I "metaled" at the Olympics.

Erica Christine said...

That's the cutest little video! And I just LOVE reading all of these proposal stories! I'm tearing up a little at my desk.

My fiance just proposed a little over a week ago on our 2 year dating anniversary. He had been saying things for months and months about how he didn't think we could afford to get engaged and married for a little while yet (we were both substitute teachers this past year so not a lot of money was coming in). We both found full time teaching jobs for this upcoming school year, so I figured after he had a few months of "real" paychecks he might propose. Well, it turns out he picked out and began paying for the ring this past March and worked to pay it off by July 15 (our anniversary date)! I had absolutely no clue since we had already been living so frugally I didn't really notice a change in spending habits or anything! The night of our anniversary we went to dinner at a nice restaurant and then sort of re-enacted our first date by going on a nice long walk down by the riverfront. He took me to a pretty, secluded spot and just held me for awhile (later on he told me this is when he was desperately trying to form the words he was going to say and was trying to take deep breaths). A few minutes he simply got down on one knee and told me how much he loved me and how wonderful the past two years have been, among other things I can't really remember. I was crying tears of joy and finally managed to nod my head and then say "YES!" It was so great. After our walk we went to our parent's houses (they live in the same town), and they all took us out for celebratory champagne. It was the most wonderful night!

ErinC said...

We'd known each other not even 3 months. I was in a foreign country, his country, and nearing my return to the US. He asked me in a bus in the middle of a 12 hour ride from the north coast of his country to his home city. He told me how much he loved me, that he wanted his future to be with me and so many other beautiful things. He had no ring but plenty of love and emotion. He did not worry or become upset when my only response was a hug, a kiss and an heartfelt "I love you". I told him yes via Skype 5 weeks later after I had returned home. We married the next summer and just celebrated our fifth anniversary. Our first, a daughter, should be arriving any day now.

Heather said...

I love how spontaneous this proposal is!

My husband had actually been planning on asking me for a month before he actually did. The funniest part being that he had the ring when we went to visit my family, but when we got there we were surprised to find that my brother had just proposed to his girlfriend. My husband later told me that all could think was, "Crap." :p A month later we were out walking around a nearby lake on what had to have been one of the busiest times ever... we had never seen so many people on the path. He was going to take me to the bench we usually sit at, but it was taken, so we kept walking and walking and kept running into people until suddenly he just kind of stopped to look out at the lake and looked around and then dropped to one knee. I was completely taken off guard and it was the best surprise ever. He told me he actually asked me twice because I didn't answer right away - I was just so surprised!

nicoleandjeffgetmarried.com said...

I grew up in DC and have many favorite spots, but my husband knew that the East Wing gallery was my most special place. Ever since I was a little girl, I would sit at this little tree in the gallery and stare at the Alexander Calder mobile high above and dream of what my life would be. I always felt the calmest and happiest when I was sitting there. So one perfect August afternoon, we went for a walk around DC and did some sight seeing. We decided to go into the East Wing to cool off and get a drink. My husband wanted to sit for a bit at the tree, he was so nervous. He was telling me all of these sweet and lovely things, and I was so shocked when he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring. I kept saying "no way!" because I was so surprised. I finally realized I kept saying that said "Yes!"

A kind stranger came up and actually asked if he could take a picture of us and I will forever be grateful that we have that picture. We often go back to our tree and just sit together, and now my daydreaming of what my life will be is with my amazing husband.

i heart... said...

Oh this is so sweet! It's so sad, I'm not even close...

Meg said...

Whoever proposes to me has a lot to live up thanks to my brother in law. He and my sister went to DC for the Fourth of July fireworks. While watching the fireworks at the Jefferson Memorial, he proposed and she said yes (despite the 14 year old boys egging her on to say no :)

The next day, they appeared on the front page of the Washington Post which detailed their proposal story!

Heather B (HomemadeMom) said...

That is simply adorable!

theroses said...

my husband (who was living in detroit at the time) took me to the top of the renaissance center in downtown. we had a nice dinner & in the middle...he popped the question! we were the only ones in the restaurant and had a beautiful night view of windsor, canada. afterward, we went to the symphony!

krista said...

http://kristalynknott.blogspot.com/2010/10/yes.html

i didn't love proposal stories until i got engaged. surely i'm not alone in this.

Valentina said...

I love it!
I'm engaged to be married on december the 9th! Axel and I have been dating for 5 years and we live together in Argentina. I always wanted to marry but he didn't! And I was really convinced that the wedding will never be real! But...on april we took our vacations and went to Europe, and when we were visiting La Basilique du Sacré Coeur in Montmartre we sat on the grass to enjoy a beautiful view of Paris when he took two rings from his pocket!!!!!! Each ring has a small illustration of our history together.
It was a great surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kathryn said...

Paris. Pont neuf bridge. Valentines day. Already married for 25 years and 3 kids but had never done the proposal thing. I had always whined about not getting an official proposal. We were highschool sweethearts and dated for 8 years and just picked a date to get married. Went to paris with our 2 daughters to visit our oldest daughter, who was studying abroad. Our apartment rental was on the seine, right near my favorite bridge, the oldest in paris. My husband and I went for a walk, ALONE, and he got down on one knee and proposed!! Did I mention the eiffel tower was sparkling too? I thought I was in a movie!! I will never forget that moment. Oh la la!!
Ps- My kids thought it was gross!! Haha!!

Kristen said...

My husband also proposed spontaneously one night...it was unplanned but so much more genuine and authentic than anything he could have planned. The very next day we went and bought a ring together and only then did he freak out when he realized he hadn't asked for my father's blessing.

Kim said...

My parents were the exact same! They were at a party and my dad casually asked her if she wanted to get married after only 5 months of dating. 25 years later its worked out pretty well thus far.

Rachel Posey Austin said...

My husband proposed in a very spontaneous way as well. I had moved from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, MN to be with him. I had been there about a month, and we went on a long bike ride. We stopped to rest and sat on a bench overlooking a lake. I was sweaty, tired, and wearing a bike helmet when he looked at me and "Will you marry me?"

My first response was, "Are you serious?" And he said yes, and he didn't have a ring. But he didn't know what he was waiting for and that he wanted to marry me. We got married a year later.

ireneim said...

way cute!

Araceli said...

I met my fiance when I was five years old, he was eight! Our parents are best friends, we never dated while we were young just kept things cordial. We went off to college, he got engaged I got married and had a baby, needless to say those relationships didn't work out. For our one year anniversary he said he had a date planned, I didn't think anything of it since it was for our anniversary. We go to our favorite place for dinner and then he drove for ever it seemed like he finally turned to me and said "are you ready for your surprise?" and I replied "Yes" he had chartered a private plane, we were flying over the ocean at sunset and he asked me there to be his forever!! Needless to say it was amazingly beautiful! He had asked my father and son for permission before which made it even better!!

Amanda L said...

My husband proposed to me on a beautiful tree lined street on the UES. He had an elborate proposal planned at the Met but it fell through. We were leaving the museum and walking to our favorite restaurant and he dropped to his knee on 82nd Street! I had no idea the proposal was coming and it was just so spontaneous. We will be married for a year in October.

Elise said...

My now-husband had been away on a ship for a month and a half (he's a musician so sometimes has to travel for work). We had planned a romantic weekend in Quebec's wine region for when he returned. After visiting our first winery I hopped into our car eager to get out of the chilly air (it was October) when my boyfriend suggested we take a walk through the vineyard. The scenery was amazing and as we were walking hand in hand through the beautiful vineyard my boyfriend got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I also fell to both knees immediately and said "oh my god" about a million times before finally saying yes! It was the happiest moment of my life until that point (we are now married so clearly our wedding day is now the happiest day of my life)! I am so lucky to have married such a wonderful man :)

Michelle | When I Grow Up Coach said...

My husband put together the sweetest proposal (I'm biased, but it's true!) in the form of an "apartment ad" that he asked to display in the window of a big real estate company near our apartment (on the Upper West Side of Manhattan). He was directed to the head of PR, who not only put it on the plasma screen (instead of "just" a frame), but got the New York Times involved!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/10/realestate/10cov.html

We were on the cover of the Sunday Real Estate section the very next month (that's us on the red couch)! He's a good egg.

Ana Maggie said...

That was adorable! My husband and I don't have a grand story either! I like it better that way.

Clair McLaughlin said...

aaah, my husband and I met when I was 16, we dated for almost 4 years and then after a while, I moved overseas. After a break of 4 years, I went home on holiday and we got back together. We had to wait another 10 months before he could get a visa to come over to the UK, which was so long! He arrived the week before Christmas, and, lying in bed Christmas Day, he just popped the question! I was so surprised that my first response was "what!".....and we are about to celebrate our 9th anniversary this year!

Jenn said...

My husband proposed to me at a concert. Not just any concert, but one of my favorite bands, Wilco! When they started playing one of my favorite songs, he whispered in my ear, asked me if I wanted to marry him and pulled the ring out of his pocket :)

Mrs. Dontje said...

we had been dating seven years, but i told my now-husband he couldn't ask me until i graduated college. two hours after i graduated, he asked me to take off our 5 month old nephew's jacket because he was too warm. underneath was a onesie that said "will you be my aunt?", with the ring tied to it. i was sooooo surprised (since it was the first day i said i would say yes! haha!) and he was our ringbearer a year and a half later.

mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings said...

my husband proposed on the marquee of the theatre where I performed AND directed a show for the first time. I remember how shocked/amazed I was to see my name in lights followed by "Will you Marry Me?"

pictures here:
http://mathewsfamilyhappenings.blogspot.com/2011/02/as-promised-and-also-just-because-i.html

Chaucee said...

This is just how it should be : ) i love it

trishybee said...

this is so sweet it brought tears to my eyes!

mike's proposal came following a conversation about getting married and some ice cream. we were driving in the car and said to me - lets just do it. and i was so shocked that...this was it?! i pretty much initially said - what? you are kidding! whatever. but in fact he was serious. it just took a bit for me to realize it.

when we got back to the house it was sinking in and i asked if he was serious - which he was - so i said, ok...but only if i get a "real" proposal. so he grabbed my hand and asked me to be his wife.

that was almost 2 years ago. we've been together 6 years. we went on to continue bucking normal wedding tradition and got married in a limo going down the las vegas strip. just he and i. happy. together. married :)

Becca said...

My husband, Josh, and I have been married for six months. Last October he proposed to me in a small art gallery in Salt Lake City, where we live.

He took me there to look at the art, and as we were walking around the room I came upon a collage on the wall that looked different from all the other art. I then realized it was a collage of tickets from things we'd gone to together, and there was a ring box in the middle of it. He opened the box and got down on one knee there in the art gallery. You can see photos, more details, and even an animated gif of the event here: http://beccer.blogspot.com/2010/10/affianced.html(his friend was hiding behind a curtain taking pictures).

Anonymous said...

You all are very lucky.

Mine ended up proposing to me out next to the garbage cans at Broken Egg cafe. In front of his family! What was I supposed to do? Say, "trash cans aren't good enough, try again"? He later said he had been planning to ask me at this beautiful park called Maclay Gardens here in Florida, but it didn't work out. He never did do anything to make it the special moment I dreamed of. :(

M said...

@Anonymous 4:26 PM

Even if I might not convince you of it, I think your marriage proposal story is both fun and exactly how life sometimes turn out. I visualize your story as a scene out of a movie, an interesting movie, because it is so different.

I never got a dream wedding, and my wedding dress was a $50 find at Robinsons May. But I was happy, and it was the adventure of my life!

A great way to relive and "redo" things is to renew your vows.

Lacey said...

This was just too sweet!

My fiance is in the Marines an we have been together coming on 6 years(Engaged for 2!). He proposed to me at 3am when we were driving home from a friends house. I had just gotten pulled over for the first time EVER and I got a ticket. I was so upset and annoyed. He told me he needed to grab something from his parents house really quick so we drove that way, when we did he had me pull over at the place we first met. He told me to get out so I did and we sat on the porch and talked. This is also the first place we kissed it is so very special to us. When I wasn't looking he grabbed the ring and I turned around and of course started crying. I hadn't expected it at all! And in true fashion of my fiance he said "Do you wanna?". The most special night of my life. Were still engaged but getting married next summer!

Tamara said...

Aw I love the simplicity of this proposal!! I think the surprise is the sweetest part.

I was super surprised too- my husband took me on a tour of his hometown [Bend, OR] when all of the sudden all these mysterious street art pieces started showing up on our path, and then the final one was a giant piece on a rooftop overlooking the Deschutes river that said "Marry Me?" He is an artist, so I recognized his style but I didn't want to get my hopes up along the way, until we came to the final one! You can see it here: http://vimeo.com/19582965

blogumentionary said...

My friend sent this out to all her friends and family as a way of telling them that her and her beau were getting married and it was the SWEETEST thing. So adorable. http://vimeo.com/26907329
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Pera Chapita said...

My husband proposed on a random Tuesday! which made it even more surprising! I was sleeping over at a friends house, for some much needed "girl time" and he said he was going to pick me up for dinner, I immediately said no! I didn't want to be rude to my friend and ruin our girl fun plans! ha ha; so he finally had to call my friend without me noticing and let her in on it, she insisted so much that I finally went, reluctantly of course! He took me to the Hotel Del, sat me on a bench overlooking the ocean, and started talking about how he was so grateful for me and our relationship, I was so happy to hear that from him that I started crying, and right when he finished speaking he took a little wooden box out of his pocket and proposed! I was so surprised! I have LOVED Tuesdays ever since...

PS my dad also proposed to my mom at the Hotel Del Coronado, my husband never knew that... lovely coincidence!

toridawn said...

My hubby and I dated for 5 years before getting engaged. He's one of those people that likes to do the unexpected...and I know that really well. So when we took a day trip to SF for our 5th dating anniversary, I DIDN'T expect anything since that would be too predictable for him.

On the drive home down the coast, we stopped for dinner at a restaurant near the beach. After we ate, he suggested we go walk on the beach below the restaurant and maybe watch the sunset. It was really cold so after sitting a bit, I said, "can we please just go watch the rest of the sunset from the car, I'm freezing!"

Because he didn't want to blow it, he didn't fight me on it, but had to revise his plan...he was going to propose as the sun was setting, but instead while walking back to the car he suddenly dropped to one knee and I immediately said, "What are you doing?!?"

So, I kind of ruined his nice plan, but he eventually got to popping the question and I was so happy I could barely speak. I nodded and that was his "yes."

Ellen said...

I got engaged in St. Mawes, England...on a beach on the Cornwall coast! He's British, I'm American, and we're getting married in April. I couldn't be happier!

chandra said...

happy and grateful
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Kara Corresponence said...

Hi! I just got engaged less than two weeks ago to my sweet boyfriend of almost four years. He planned an amazingly romantic proposal and had a professional photographer capture the entire thing. You can read my letter to him recapping the whole weekend, and see the photos as well! :)

http://twobythesea.com/?p=553

JP said...

I love your video, so sweet! Did he go to Jared?!

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