Marriage proposals; be original

Marriage proposals come in all shapes, size, and styles. I’ve heard some pretty incredible proposals stories and, unfortunately, some pretty lame ones. As you likely guessed, hubby did it up right when he popped the question.

It was a gorgeous summer day. Hot. Sun shining. Not a cloud in the sky. We decided to drive the 2 hours to spend the afternoon at our fav summer beach. With spectacular white sands and warm ocean waters as far as the eye can see, it’s perfection. We loaded up the truck with all our gear and headed off on our adventure.

When we got there, people were just starting to arrive so we had lots of space to choose from. We settled in with our blankets, chairs and beach umbrella and cracked a cold beer. A little sunning, a little reading; the day was shaping up lovely. To make matters even better, another couple we are close with joined us.

We were all maxin’ and relaxin’ when hubby said he was going to go build a sand castle. About an hour later, he came and asked me to check out his sand art. And there, when I rounded the sand bar, was when I saw it. Hubby had carved a spectacular sand heart with a hand coming out of it. My ring sat perfectly in the hand.

He asked me if I would marry him. I cried and said yes. Our friends gave us a huge cheer. It seemed like the entire beach applauded!!! It was by far the most romantic day of my life.

Yip, the photo at the top is REAL and was my engagement experience.

But I gotta say….this guy gives even hubby a run for his money:

What about you? What is your marriage proposal story? What’s the most romantic (or utterly disastrous) proposal story you’ve heard? Share the wealth…

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  1. Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

    okay okay – I’ll admit that was pretty good – but he was no bruce easily!

  2. I think your husband’s proposal was wonderful. touching heartfelt and personal. you are a lucky lady. And thanks for the mention of my post. Glad you enjoyed it, Natalie.

  3. LOVE IT!

    My Guy proposed in the kitchen of our first home the day we got the keys 🙂 We were dusty from exploring, tired from work, and it was perfect.

  4. lol…..cute video, cute sand castle. we had a guy in the restaurant once who proposed. (actually it’s happened many times!) he pretended to get into a fight with her about another guy, and she kept saying shhhhh! shhh! and finally he said I’m not going to shut up! I love you and will you marry me! she was so shocked she dropped a bit of spaghetti out of her mouth. lol…..

  5. Your hubby sounds great! Luv guys who aren’t afraid to be romantic. This post also struck me because I’m about to begin a ‘How they met’ series. Thanks for sharing, Natalie. Your blog is such a fun place!

  6. That’s pretty awesome, and I’m totally jealous. My hubby proposed in a bar in front of all our friends, lol. Almost fourteen years later, we’re still going strong. Thanks for sharing your story!

  7. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    His proposal was great!!! My hubby proposed on Christmas Eve. He had bought me a hope chest the year before and the box he set in front of me was the exact size of a place setting of dishes. We had bought my engagement ring setting the previous June, broke up in October, and then in early November we got back together and went and looked at diamonds to go in the setting. I had been waiting and waiting. I was so disappointed when I saw that big box. I put on a fake happy face and prepared to open a set of dishes to go in the hope chest even though I was thinking at the time it should be called the no hope chest. But I opened the box, inside was another box, 5 wrapped boxes later was my ring. As the boxes got smaller, I got increasingly happier!!

  8. That marriage proposal totally rocked! Both Hubby’s and the video. Dang, it made me tear up just watching that poor girl’s expression. My hubs’ proposal was very romantic, very him, and very low-key. He keeps saying one day he’ll do all the hoopla (like have Cinderella at Walt Disney World hook me up with the Glass Carriage), but I don’t want hoopla. I’ve got my Prince Charming and that’s all I need.

  9. Elena Aitken says:

    That was AWESOME!!
    My proposal, while not that spectacular, was pretty cool. We went to the Christmas lights display we like to go to every year. Walked through the lights, just like usual and then, surrounded by snow and twinkling lights, got on one knee. Magic. ❤

    And thanks for the blog shout out!!

  10. Coleen Patrick says:

    Both proposals are awesome! My husband didn’t actually ask me. We spontaneously walked into a jewelry store (20 years ago, how can that be?) and he bought me a ring. 🙂

  11. One of the most darling things I’ve ever seen, EVER. 🙂 You got yourself a keeper, there, dearest!

  12. That is got to be one of THE most sentimental proposal I’ve ever seen. Your Hubby is a doll! So glad you took a picture. But somehow I don’t think you’ll ever forget it.

    My proposal, well we were teenagers. Should I say more? Nothing romantic or sentimental about it.

    But to my husband’s defense, he has learned to be a very romantic guy. And it’s in the little things that he does that makes all the difference in the world. I could not replace him. Ever. 🙂

    • I will never forget it, that’s for sure. It was simply beautiful and so “us”! 🙂
      Awwwww…well there’s something to be said about romance over the long run, eh?!?! Gotta love it!

  13. Awww…I love your hubby’s proposal. What a wonderful surprise! My daughter just got engaged and her fiancee had everything planned out for a picture perfect outdoor proposal but it rained. He hired a carriage to take them around town and then it started lightning and thundering —horse and carriage couldn’t go — so he secretly had the bartender at their favorite restaurant put candles on the deck, under the awning outside the restaurant so he could propose there but the wind blew the candles out. He called his brother who told him he could use his “bachelor pad”. So on their way to “bach pad” past the blown-out candles and the soaked bartender, Josh slipped on the wet deck, missed a step down and pulled Natalie down on top of him,. “Now that I have you down here, will you marry me?” She said yes. I’m glad they didn’t have to go to the bachelor pad! LOL

    • Kate, that’s a hilarious story!

    • OMG that poor man!! He tried…wow he tried!! The romance gods were not with him, eh?! That’s the saddest thing I’ve ever heard but in the end, kind of wonderfully romantic at the same time! Love it!!!
      Your daughter’s name is Natalie as well – how fahhhbulous! We Natalies are a handfull but we are worth it and we love well! 🙂

  14. Hard to type, seeing as I’m MELTING! I love your proposal story, Natalie… Wow. I’m having trouble viewing the video (probably my molasses-like wireless LOL), but seeing it there reminded me of this flash-mob TV show that featured a guy popping the question. Bawled my eyes out over it. Aren’t real-life romantic stories the best???

  15. I LOVE your hubby’s proposal. How amazing! You struck a nerve here with me, Natalie. I didn’t have a proposal per se. My hubby asked, but not in a way that required lots of forethought. Anyway…I’ve told him that I would love a genuine proposal (even after 19 years of marriage). Someday, I think he’ll give me just that. The hubs isn’t super-romantic, but he’s a wonderful, loving husband so I’m sure whatever he does will be perfect for me. Thanks for sharing your story!

  16. So creative! I love it – very sweet. 🙂

  17. I still say there should be a reality show about you two! Way to go Hubs for such a romantic surprise.

  18. That video was hilarious and yet romantic. And I’ve learned from the movies that true love always involves running. I don’t have an awesome proposal story, but hearing yours tells me that it’s ok to hold out for the right guy who will take the time and do it right. Thanks for sharing your story. So, romantic!

  19. These were both so sweet! OF course you have a romantic guy!

    My guy is too…in fact, he’s definately more romantic than I am. After we’d been dating for a couple of years, he made me a book of our time together. He went to art school and has all sorts of interesting and useful skills, so he painted and sketched scenes on the pages of this blank book, wrote the story of our aventures together, and then carved out a section at the back and inserted the engagement ring he MADE me. He even left some blank pages at the end because our story isn’t finished. So yeah, keeper. Done deal.

    Aren’t they the best? If my house ever burns down, that’s the only thing I care about getting out besides the people.

    • OMG Lesann, that is incredible!! You totally must take pictures of this book and do a post on it. How incredible and wonderful and…sniff…romantic!! That is fahhhbulous and obviously he’s a total keeper!!! I love it!!!
      They are the best!!!

  20. I love your proposal story, Natalie! Very cute.

  21. Ohhhh, that is just PRECIOUS. Your hubby definitely wins the award for one of the best proposals I’ve seen. 😀

    When I was in my senior year of high school, my English teacher decided that it would be a good idea for all of us to watch the two different proposals in the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice (we had read the book for summer reading)… and then to ask the class to come up with our ‘ideal proposals,’ which is probably one of those assignments that can only be done in an all-girls school. If I remember correctly, mine involved a Hugh-Jackman-as-Wolverine lookalike and a nighttime motorcycle ride in desert, lol. I really wish I could find the scene that I wrote, because it was pretty much hilarious. 😛

    • Hubby is a darlin’!!! For sure!!!
      Awwww…LOVE Pride and Prejudice – the old 5 hour version and the new version. LOL. I’d absolutely love to read your old “dream proposal” scene – sounds ahhhmazing!!! The guy…nightime…motorcycle! Very hot!! 🙂

  22. I love it when a man uses his imagination to make his woman happy. Your hubs did a great job. I can just picture it and, you’re right, it’s so you! The video was amazingly creative and there was no way that girl could say ‘no’!
    My husband is low-key but very sweet…he took me to dinner on the 2nd anniversary of our first date – same restaurant, too- and during dessert the owner brought over a split of champagne and a special dessert. Jim got down on one knee and proposed. All the surrounding restaurant patrons and the owner/chef cheered. It was wonderful.
    Love this post, Nat!

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