7 Real Proposal Stories We Love
Get inspired by these romantic tales of engagements, from the spontaneous and intimate to the carefully planned and public.
Though every wedding begins with an engagement, the details behind proposals are unique to each couple. Here at Martha Stewart Weddings, we adore hearing how backgrounds and personalities play into popping the question. Get inspired by these romantic tales of real engagements, from the spontaneous and intimate to the carefully planned and public.
A Lasting Idea
The cameras were rolling when Matthew asked his girlfriend, Melissa, to marry him. The question followed a series of events through the San Francisco Ferry Building involving dozens of friends and family members.
Talk about perfect timing. A request to journey to Australia gave culinary superstar Chef Tory McPhail just the opportunity he needed to ask his sweetheart to marry him: A private picnic on the beach, followed with some celebratory leaping by the groom-to-be.
How do you involve your families and ensure your proposal is a complete surprise? Shea Foley, a partner at the men's fashion site Apolis, pulled off both of these feats with flying colors. He spent the morning with his girlfriend, Brooke Sirianni, browsing rings when all along he had the one chosen and waiting for its big reveal—him getting down on his knee on a staircase overlooking a Laguna Beach oceanfront, where family hid under seven umbrellas that turned to spell, "Marry Me."
During a beautiful day of rock-climbing, Gene seized the moment to ask Linda Facci for her hand—in marriage, that is. The unexpected proposal led to more than just a wedding, though: Linda was also inspired to create a film series starring a fox and a mouse based on the couple's relationship.
A Moving Picture
When Max Zoghbi wanted to ask for his girlfriend's hand in marriage, he turned to his other passion: making movies. The proposal sequence, featuring family members and a film within a film, was also a way of transforming a dark memory for Bonnie Kate, who was hurt in the Aurora theater shooting, into a beautiful one.
For their first date, Lydia, an aspiring personal trainer, challenged Barritt to a game of tennis, which she won. Just five months after that game, Barritt popped the question on the very same court by tossing Lydia two tennis balls inscribed with "Will You" and "Marry Me?" An oil painting by a local artist immortalized the moment Barritt proposed—and decorated the hallway at the site of their tennis-themed wedding reception.
Having discussed the idea of spontaneously eloping, Dwight wanted to surprise Sandy with a proposal that was something special—so special that a wedding followed just a few hours later. The action-packed day began with a family hike in the scenic White Mountains in Lincoln, New Hampshire, that peaked with a proposal at the top and a secret ceremony nearby.
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