If you're like us, you LOVE engagement stories. It's the first thing you ask about as soon as you get that call from your best friend or (more likely) as soon as the notification pops up in your Facebook news feed. Either way, proposal stories are the perfect way to live vicariously through all of the lovebirds in your life (and on social media).
Ever wonder how famous folks pull off popping the question? From private getaways to sentimental street corners, here are the most romantic celebrity engagement stories -- whether or not the marriages lasted.
Though the couple has since split, Seal's proposal to Heidi Klum
is definitely one for the record books. "I proposed on Dec. 23 at 14,000 feet in Whistler, British Columbia, in uncharted terrain on a glacier, in a natural snow cave, in an igloo built just for the moment," Seal told People, just after he popped the question. Not too shabby…
P!nk took things into her own hands when she proposed
to motocross champion Carey Hart. The singer showed up at the 2005 Pro 250 class finals in Mammoth, Calif., with bigger plans than just cheering on her competitor boyfriend. While Hart was heading into his third lap around the track, P!nk stood to the side holding a pit board, saying, "Will you marry me?" On his next lap around, the singer predicted Hart's confusion and held up a second sign, which read, "I'm serious!" According to spectators, Hart stopped his bike as quickly as he could and picked up his new fiancee.
Nick Cannon proposed
to his dream girl, Mariah Carey, not once … but twice! In 2008, the Empire State Building was lit lavender and pink to mark the release of her "E=MC2" album. To make the event even more remarkable, Cannon lead Carey to the roof of her Manhattan apartment and proposed. Carey was a bit shy after the first proposal, so Cannon tried again to seal the deal. "He sort of kidnapped me and took me on a helicopter ride. Then he re–proposed," the singer explained.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were engaged
long before same–sex marriage was legalized, they were just waiting for the rest of the world to come around. Burtka proposed to Harris first, making sure to do it on the exact street corner where they first met. "We were on our way to an event at an Indian casino 45 minutes out of town in a limousine, and David wanted to stop for some reason that I didn’t quite get. I thought he wanted to get some booze or something. And then he got on one knee and proposed, and I was so freaked out by it that I said, 'Yes,' but I didn’t know what it meant. Then I got the ring and loved it, and a year later, on Valentine’s Day, I proposed to him in Santa Monica," Neil Patrick Harris told Out magazine.
When Matthew McConaughey proposed
to the mother of his children, Camila Alves, he made sure to incorporate it into an existing family tradition. He explained the whole adorable sequence of events on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show."
"During Christmastime we go around as a family and everyone gets their turn to open presents. I had wrapped the engagement ring in about eight different boxes deep so she'd have to keep opening boxes to get to it. And because we go around and swap out and take turns on who's opening presents, she had to get skipped the last 15 times. She kept going, 'Why can't I open that present?' And I said, 'You have to wait til the end.' Finally I get to her and I'm calling my family over ... and her eyes go wide and I take a knee and I said, 'Will you marry me and take my name?'"
To make their whirlwind romance official (Remember Tom jumping up and down on Oprah's couch?), Tom Cruise took Katie Holmes
to one of the most romantic destinations in the world, the Eiffel Tower. The couple dined at Le Jules Verne restaurant which looks out over Paris from over 400 feet up the Eiffel Tower. Cruise, who claimed to have never visited the Eiffel Tower, proposed to Holmes after their romantic candlelit dinner. However, the couple divorced in 2012.
Nickelback's Chad Kroeger tapped into Avril Lavigne's personal interests when he asked her to marry him
. Lavigne told Ryan Seacrest all about Kroeger's surprise proposal: "The only thing that was weird was we usually go to the studio together and he had gone before me. And I have been making this scrapbook of my time in the studio with a Polaroid camera and the only thing that was weird was I walked into the studio and he was putting a picture in to the book and I was like ‘What is he doing?’…And all of a sudden I walk over and he had taken a photo of himself holding the ring box and put the Polaroid in my scrapbook and because I had stickers everywhere he put in ‘Will you marry me?’ It was really romantic." Talk about making memories …
Though their marriage is currently on the rocks, Dean McDermott's proposal to Tori Spelling was something straight out of a fairytale. The Canadian actor took Spelling
on a ride in a horse–drawn carriage through a half a mile of lit trees on a Toronto Christmas tree farm. At the end of the path, McDermott proposed to Spelling with a sapphire and diamond ring. The couple wed the following May, but McDermott wasn't finished with his grand romantic gestures. The next Christmas, he proposed again
. "We sat on a bench overlooking the lake and I gave Tori her last Christmas present. I'd wrapped the ring in a much bigger box, and as soon as she opened the ring box I asked her to marry me again. It was very romantic and magical," he told People.