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Memorable Celebrity Marriage Proposals: How Kanye West, Brad Pitt And Others Popped The Question

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Not one for subtlety, Kanye West pulled out all the stops when he popped the question to Kim Kardashian this week. The rapper's flashy proposal at San Francisco's AT&T Park featured a live orchestra, blaring Jumbotron message and a ring rumored to be worth up to $8 million.

While plenty of other celebs have made similarly grand gestures when proposing marriage, others have opted for a simple, low-key setting. Here's how 14 famous couples got engaged.

  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian
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    West rented out San Francisco's AT&T Park and proposed with a 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring in front of Kardashian's family and friends while the Jumbotron flashed the words "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" and an orchestra played Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful," according to People.
  • Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston
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    Justin chose a special day to pop the question to Jen: his 41st birthday, on Aug. 10, 2012. According to Us Weekly, the pair celebrated at Blue Hill, a restaurant near Theroux's Greenwich Village apartment in NYC.
  • Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves
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    In June 2012, McConaughey told Jay Leno that he proposed to Alves while exchanging Christmas gifts. However, her immediate response was not "yes." “I’m not going to say what it was,” he said. Fortunately, she came around eventually.
  • Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
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    In spring 2012, Pitt gathered the longtime couple's six kids and gave Angie a tablet-shaped diamond engagement ring that he custom-designed with jeweler Robert Procop. "Angelina cried and smiled," a source told Us Weekly.
  • Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic
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    Giuliana told SheKnows.com, "Bill proposed in a helicopter above Chicago. It was a total suprise. I thought we were going to see the Christmas lights on Michigan Avenue and Bill loves aviation. So, I just thought it was something crazy thing he wanted to do."
  • Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon
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    In 2008, Carey told Elle that Cannon proposed on the roof of her NYC apartment with a 17-carat diamond hidden inside a candy ring pop. "They've been calling me Cinderella since I first started out," she said. "Most people would think, Okay, please! This doesn't happen in real life."
  • Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise
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    Cruise proposed to Holmes at the top of the Eiffel Tower in 2005 while the pair were in the City of Lights to promote their respective projects. "Yes, I proposed to her. It was early this morning at the Eiffel Tower, so I haven't slept at all," he told reporters shortly after. "Today is a magnificent day for me; I'm engaged to a magnificent woman."
  • Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner
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    Affleck proposed to Garner on her 33rd birthday in 2005, with a $500,000, 4.5-carat Harry Winston engagement ring.
  • Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith
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    In 2005, Smith told People how he proposed to his longtime love: "We were just lying there, going to sleep. I looked over at her, and I said, "Hey, we might be real good married. Wassup? You wanna marry me?" Unplanned. No ring. Not the classic proposal. She said yes. It's really weird when you live the kind of lifestyle that we live: Simplicity becomes the jewel."
  • Pink, Carey Hart
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    During one of motocross champion Hart's races, the pop star wrote on a pit board, "Will You Marry Me?"
  • Liam McIntyre, Erin Hasan
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    Hasan said "Spartacus" star McIntyre "had one of the characters from Cinderella come to my door. They took me to a room and I got a makeover. They had custom-made me a dress based on my three favorite Disney princesses."
  • Jionni Lavalle, Snooki
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    "They were at the W Hotel in Hoboken," Lavalle's jeweler Ben Bekdas told E! News. "Jionni got down on one knee on the balcony. Snooki had no idea that she was getting an engagement ring."
  • Heidi Klum, Seal
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    "[Seal] took me by helicopter," Klum told Marie Claire about a trip the couple took to the Canadian Rockies in December 2004 . "He had an igloo built there, and they'd brought up everything: a bed with sheets inside the igloo, rose petals everywhere, candles. Very, very romantic!"
  • Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller
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    "She was in our closet, changing, and she was literally only in her underpants," Rogen told Conan O'Brien in 2010. "I had already kind of started [to propose]. ... I didn't picture it like this, and I know she didn't picture it like this."

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