If you’re anything like us, proposal stories never get old. Whether the people involved are our parents or two random people on the internet, proposals never fail to make us cry for the beginning of two people’s happily-ever-after—or so we hope. Even celebrity couples whom we’ve never met before, such as Chrissy Teigen and John Legend and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, still produce the same love-filled emotions every time we hear about their famous hubbies getting down on one knee.
Because everyone loves a good love story, we’ve rounded up the most romantic celebrity proposals we’ve ever heard about. From over-the-top arrangements to plans that went awry, these funny and heartwarming stories will make you swoon. Find out how your favorite stars fell in love ahead.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
To understand the romance behind Ohanian's proposal to Williams, you have to understand how they met. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Williams revealed that she met Ohanian at a hotel pool area in Rome. Annoyed that Ohanian was sitting next to her and her friends when there were dozens of tables still available, Williams lied and told him that there was a rat where he was sitting. His response? “I’m from Brooklyn. I see rats all the time.”
Williams laughed and the two started dating. A year and half later, when Ohanian proposed, he did it in the same spot in Rome where the two met. When he got down on one knee, there was also—yup, you guessed it—a plastic rat on a table nearby.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Markle and Harry were roasting a chicken on a night in November 2017 in their home in Nottingham Cottage when the prince proposed. As the chicken was roasting (fun fact: they were using Ina Garten's roast chicken recipe), Harry got down on one knee and presented his future wife with a diamond from Botswana that incorporated two stones from his mother Princess Diana's jewelry collection.
"It was just an amazing surprise," Markle told the BBC. "It was so sweet and natural and very romantic."
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Emmy Rossum and Sam Esmail
Rossum and Esmail, a director on Mr. Robot, have a tradition of reading The New York Times' "Modern Love" section every Sunday. One week, as Rossum read, she slowly realized that the article was about her and Esmail's love story, which is when her future husband got down on one knee.
“Then one weekend we didn’t read it—I don’t remember why exactly—and the following Friday he reminded me that we hadn’t. I was actually in kind of a bad mood that day, so I said, ‘Oh, well I’ll read it eventually.’ And he said, ‘No, no, no, I think you should read it.’ And I said, ‘I’m having a back spasm. I’m actually going to take a bath and have a glass of wine, but if you really want to hear it, I’ll read it to you from the bathtub. So I got in the bathtub with the ‘Modern Love’ section as he’s posted up on the sink. I didn’t notice any kind of ring in his pocket, and I began to read the article, and the story is about a director who falls in love with an actress, and I started to think: Huh, that’s strange. And then I realized that it was our love story," Rossum told Vogue.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kardashian and West were at AT&T park in San Francisco for his 33rd birthday in 2013 when he popped the question. After arriving at the stadium, a full orchestra and a pyrotechnic came out as the words “PLEEEASE MARRY ME!!!" lit up on the Jumbotron. Shortly after, Kardashian's family came running out of their hiding spots in the dugout to congratulate her.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
Manganiello proposed to Vergara on a vacation in Hawaii in January 2015. But the most romantic part of his proposal was a speech he learned entirely in Spanish, Vergara's native language. “I had a big speech in Spanish, and that’s what I was nervous about,” Manganiello told Live! with Kelly and Michael. “The last thing you want to do is like mess up the Spanish on a proposal to the Colombian woman.”
Ciara and Russell Wilson
In March 2016, Wilson took Ciara on a surprise vacation. But instead of telling her where they were going, he gave her a "travel roulette" game with 30 destinations, according to People. The couple ended up in the Seychelles where Wilson got down on one knee on private "Honeymoon Beach" and asked Ciara to be his wife.
Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade
Wade's sons and nephew played a key role in his proposal to Union. After the couple and the children spent a morning together at brunch, the boys told Union that they wanted to put on a presentation for her. When she turned around, the boys were holding signs with "Will you marry us?" Thinking it was a joke, Union didn't take it seriously until she saw that Wade was also on one knee.
“They’ve been asking us to get married for two years, and they talk about it all the time, so I’m thinking they’ve just made signs,” Union told Good Morning America. “I was like, ‘Well, this is awkward.’ I turn to look at D like, ‘Ugh, they just made some signs,’ and he’s down on one knee with a ring and said, ‘Will you marry us?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, this is serious! This is a thing! Yes! Of course, yes!'”
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
Brady proposed to Bündchen on Christmas Eve in 2008. According to TMZ, the football player took the supermodel on a private jet ride with dozens of white roses and champagne, where he popped the question in front of her parents.
Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey proposed to Alves with a ring that was wrapped eight boxes deep during Christmas. However, when she reached the end, the first word out of Alves's mouth wasn't "yes." With her family and friends watching, McConaughey had to convince Alves to marry him before she eventually conceded. "And the first words out of her mouth were not yes. No. There was not a yes, I'm not gonna say what it was, but I was like, 'I'm down on one knee and I'll stay here awhile, I'll outlast you,'" McConaughey said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Legend faced obstacle after obstacle when he planned to propose to Teigen on a vacation in the Maldives. First, the couple got into a huge fight on their car ride to the airport. Second, TSA almost ruined the surprise by opening and rummaging through Legend's carry-on where he kept the ring. Third, when the couple reached the beach where Legend planned to propose, Teigen got horrible cramps, and they had to go home. In the end, Teigen explained on Fab Life that there was no "grand speech," but a simple proposal when she found the ring under a bed of arugula. Their engagement wasn't necessarily a fairy tale, but it was one to remember nonetheless.
Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara
Nothing was more festive and romantic than when Sabara proposed to Trainor in a tunnel of Christmas lights with her family and friends watching. However, it wasn't exactly the fairy-tale engagement Trainor wished for. A day after, she ended up getting food poisoning and throwing up on her fiancé.
“So, he’s driving ,and I’m just in his face like, ‘Urghl’ [throwing up], and I told him, ‘I’m so sorry.’ He’s like, ‘I’d kiss you right now,'" Trainor told The Talk.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Krasinski asked Blunt to marry him in a simple proposal in Los Angeles. Though he joked that there were "unicorns and oceans and clouds," the proposal was simply his getting down on one knee, his future wife crying, and the crowd around them confused but happy.
“She did cry after I cried, and we cried and then everyone around us was crying,” Krasinski told Access Hollywood. “Then, I think people weren’t really sure what was going on, but they were crying because we were crying. But it was great. At the end of the day, she said yes, which is great. It’s a big part of this whole thing.”
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
DeGeneres and De Rossi were watching a pet goldfish swim that De Rossi had brought back from a shoot for her television show Arrested Development that day when the actress popped the question. "We were watching the fish, and she said, 'This is a pretty romantic moment, right?' And I said, 'Every moment with you is romantic,'" de Rossi told People.
Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
After six months of dating, Clooney knew Alamuddin was the one. He proposed to her in their home after she came back from a trip in London. However, not everything went as planned. As the two finished the dinner that Clooney cooked (Alamuddin, tired from her flight, suggested that the couple order in and not dress up for dinner), Clooney put on a playlist of love songs. When he asked Alamuddin to find a lighter, she accidentally found the ring, ruining the whole surprise. After realizing that the ring was for her and not something that someone left at their house, Alamuddin said yes.
"She’s like, 'It’s a ring.' Like, as if somebody had left it there some other time. I don’t know. And I’m doing all the moves you can do with my face," Clooney said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "And I got down on my knee and said, 'I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without you.' And she kept looking at the ring, and she was looking at me, and she was like, 'Oh, my God.' And we now know, because there was a playlist, how long it actually took, and it was, like, 25 minutes."
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Kate Middleton and Prince William
Middleton and William were on a vacation in Kenya in December 2010 when the prince popped the question. In an interview with CNN, William explained that Africa was a place that calmed him, which is why he wanted to propose there, and the proposal was somewhat unplanned. Like his younger brother Harry, William's engagement ring also used Princess Diana's jewelry.
"I regularly daydream. Africa is definitely one of the places I go to. It does completely settle me down. [Kate] understands what it means to me being in Africa, and my love of conservation," William said. "I didn’t really plan it that far in advance. I just knew I wanted it to feel comfortable where I did it."
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