When these fellas were ready to pop the question, they went all out for the special ladies in their lives. We revisit the dreamiest proposals of the year and celebrate the love. From a romantic gondola ride in Italy to an unforgettable scavenger hunt, get ready to say, "Aww!"
Talia and Trayvon's Game of Love
Trayvon proposed to Talia at an Atlanta Hawk’s game on the Jumbotron during a timeout. “I was so shocked to see my face on the screen,” she recalls. “I immediately started to cry when he dropped down on one knee and pulled out the most beautiful ring I had ever seen." See their romantic photo shoot and read their story.
Braxton proposed to Candi at the end of the best date ever. It began with a couple’s massage, followed by dinner at a romantic restaurant and tickets to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. After the show, he blindfolded her and took her on a short walk. When he took off her blindfold there was a huge crowd surrounding them waiting to witness his big proposal. See their fun engagement photos here.
Chris and Brittany took an offseason vacation in the Bahamas and stayed at the exquisite Cove Tower of the Atlantis Resort. As soon as they checked in, they rushed to the room in hopes of catching the sunset. As they stood on the balcony hand-in-hand, Chris got down on one knee with a ring box in his hand. See their engagement photos.
Jairus got crafty when he proposed to Precious on New Year’s Eve at a family-owned Italian restaurant. After an amazing meal and conversation, he handed her a scrapbook that he'd made that chronicled her life up until that point. “When I got to the last page, my hands were shaking and my eyes were teary as I read, ‘What is next…?’” she shares. “Then, he got down on one knee and popped the question. I still smile at the thought of that moment. It was so perfect.” Yes, it was! See their beautiful engagement photos and read their story!
The entire time Brandy thought she was planning Jarron’s 26th birthday celebration, she was actually arranging her own engagement party, and she didn’t have a clue. After he thanked everyone for coming, he popped the question in a grand romantic fashion. See their engagement photos here.
You really can find true love anywhere. News anchor Markova was enjoying a drink at the bar when her future husband Chris walked over and introduced himself. Chris proposed at the restaurant where he and Markova first met with 100 yards of red ribbon and 10 love notes attached. The last note asked her to be his wife. It was super romantic! Now she can't wait to begin their new life together as husband and wife. Let's celebrate them. See their engagement photos here.
Christopher proposed to Ronica through a romantic scavenger hunt. By using numerous pictures of them that spanned the course of their relationship, and a few of her favorite things, he wowed his lady love into a speedy “yes” response. See their picnic-themed engagement shoot and share their love.
Philadelphia couple Jasmine and Marcellus got engaged on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa and they plan to tie the knot in the Dominican Republic this winter. See their engagement shoot!
College sweethearts Crystal and Omar met in sophomore biology class. They've earned straight As in love ever since. When he was ready to propose, Omar gave her a small gift every day for the month of December – her favorite foods, some of her favorite things and even hair products. On Christmas Eve, he got down on one knee in front of her family and she was so moved. See their engagement photos.
Grad school sweethearts Jewanna and Pierre got engaged on her 27th birthday. When she walked into his place, which was in its normal condition only two hours prior, she saw rose petals all over the floor, their photos all around the living room, a chocolate covered strawberries and champagne display at the kitchen table and a dressed chair for her to sit down in. That's when Pierre got down on one knee and proposed. “I was definitely surprised and I screamed 'yes' before he could even finish asking,” she recalls. See their photos and read their story.
This proposal actually included a two-day plan. The night before Keith proposed to Jeronica, he took her on a horse drawn carriage ride in Old City, Philadelphia. They dined at one of her favorite restaurants and then returned home. The next morning, she woke up to a ring on her finger! See their romantic photos and share the love.
Hamid proposed to Julia on her birthday during a romantic day trip in Venice, Italy. After a long day of sightseeing, he arranged for a romantic gondola ride and popped the question. See their engagement photos here and read the rest of their story.
Recognize this scene? Krystal and Martin channeled Darius and Nina from the classic rom-com Love Jones for their engagement shoot. Martin set Krystal up on a fake photo shoot for a friend’s boutique clothing line than crashed the shoot, handed her flowers, recited a poem and asked her to marry him right there in front of everyone. Swoon! See their engagement photos here!
Clifton proposed to Sara in front of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion during a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas for spring break. While they were posing for pictures, Clifton began to serenade her with Whitney Houston's "I Believe In You and Me.” He ended the song down on one knee and proposed. Their horse-drawn carriage driver was in on the proposal and recorded it for them too. The moment was absolutely priceless! See their engagement pictures here.
Patrick tricked Ayana into thinking she was going to his company holiday party at the W Hotel. He said he would meet her there because he was helping to set up the event and was rewarded with a free room. A corporate town car picked her up and when she burst into the room to surprise him and his coworkers, she was the one that was startled. She was greeted by the sounds of Luther Vandross, flashing lights, old memorabilia of their time together hanging throughout the room and Patrick waiting at the end of a path of rose petals. (Aww!) See the photos from her proposal surprise here.