Man Devises Storybook Proposal — Literally
Once upon a time there was a young man named Paul Phillips who fell in love with a young woman named Erika Ramos. Phillips, 23, loved Ramos, also 23, so much, that he decided to propose by creating an adorable children’s book detailing their love story. Phillips collaborated with Nashville artist, Yoni Limor, who illustrated the personalized pictures for the book. Then Phillips had it bound and stashed it in the shelves of the local library in Southern Pines, N.C.“I had checked out a couple books a few days earlier to be returned Saturday,” Phillips told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “We took out a children’s book for her niece and nephew.”While in the children’s book section, Phillips asked Ramos if she would read him the book he had specifically hidden just for her. “When she got to the page where the gorilla proposed, I got down on one knee and she was like, ‘No way.’” Ramos said, “Yes,” and photographer Laura Ingram was there to capture their special “happily ever after” moment. The newly-engaged couple is planning to wed next fall. [x]
(Photo courtesy of Ben Kokes)
An inventor’s romantic proposal idea has come to happy fruition. It took months of work, but Ben Kokes crafted an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Julie, that would light up from within — but only after he put it on her finger and took her by the hand.
Photographer who stumbled upon couple’s mountaintop proposal tracks them down to give them pictures of the special moment
The popular lyric, “Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep me from you,” certainly rings true for this newly engaged couple, after Mel Reyes proposed to Jordie Egbert high atop Rattlesnake Ridge, a mountain ridge in North Bend, Wash., on May 8.
Little did the happy couple know, however, that Geoff Parker, a complete stranger, was capturing their special moment on camera from the other side of a valley hundreds of feet away. Parker and his wife were taking a hike to celebrate their own wedding anniversary when they noticed Reyes take a bended knee.
“We just hiked the trail and I always have my camera with me,” Parker, 34, of Seattle, Wash., told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “We got to the top of the summit and were looking out over. It was a really foggy day. My wife yelled from behind, ‘Hey, look over there.’ Down a little further was this couple. I took a couple photos, and then they stood up and hugged and kissed.”
With such a beautiful landscape surrounding an even more beautiful moment, Parker figured it was a photograph the couple would want to cherish forever. So he took to social media in an attempt to track down the lovebirds.
“I posted it on Facebook first. They got a pretty big response from my friends, and a couple more people shared it,” said Parker. “Then, I put it on Instagram the next weekend. That’s when it blew up.”
It only took a few days before the photos caught Egbert’s attention.
Marine Makes History with the First Same-Sex Proposal at White House
Just days before the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law, a gay marine is making history with what is believed to be the first-ever same-sex marriage proposal in the White House.
It happened this past weekend when U.S. Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps was on a White House Christmas tour with his partner, Ben. The couple met at the White House earlier this year during an LGBT Pride Month event. The photo of Phelps popping the question quickly went viral.
Serendipity of the Day: When photographer Patrick Lu noticed a man proposing to his girlfriend on the capital grounds in Austin, TX, he instinctively snapped a pic to capture the moment.
It turned out so well that the next morning, he threw the image up on Reddit to try and discover the identities of the mystery couple.
Lu’s inquiry quickly made it to the top of /r/Austin with 1,400 up votes, but the groom-to-be, Joel Bush, caught wind of the thread through friends.
Bush, shocked, says he and fiancée Jennifer Orr are grateful:
We experienced that magic on its own terms, with no thought about posing or anything. And, because the photographer did such an awesome job, we also have that precise moment and her beautiful reaction captured for safekeeping. It’s pretty priceless.
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Marriage Proposal of the Day: Shelby Fetsch thought her boyfriend, Spc. William Johanson-Kubin, was still stationed in Afghanistan. So when she threw out the first pitch before the St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night, the last thing she expected was for the catcher to propose…
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Marriage Proposal of the Day: The planning! The dorkiness! The tears!
So imperfect it’s perfect.
Editor’s Note: I’m not weeping, you’re weeping! Shuddup and get me a tissue.
Marriage Proposal of the Day: In what is believed to be the first proposal of marriage between two gay men — and war vets — on a U.S. military base, Navy vet Cory Huston asked Marine Avarice Guerrero to marry him Tuesday at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. Here’s the story:
Under a bright Southern California sky at Camp Pendleton’s Camp Del Mar near Oceanside, California, a full two hours before his boyfriend’s return from the badlands of Afghanistan, Cory Huston waited nervously. Huston, who was discharged under the former Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, chain smoked as he rehearsed the simple proposal he would deliver when Guerrero would arrive.
Finally, luggage in tow, Guerrero emerged with a smile on his face. Upon seeing Huston, Guerrero dropped his bags; aimed a kiss toward Huston’s lips; and opened his arms to his boyfriends waiting embrace. The time and distance of 10 months’ separation evaporated in a public show of affection that less than a year ago would have been cause for court martial. After a few minutes of emotional holding and kissing, Huston went anxiously down on one knee; looked up at Guerrero, who was dressed from head to toe in military fatigues; and produced an engagement ring and the time-honored phrase, “Will you marry me?”
Huston’s mild tremble, a result of hours and days of anticipation about this day, was quickly quieted by the one word every hopeful fiancé wants to hear: “Yes.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are engaged officially
“Yes, it’s confirmed,” Pitt’s manager Cynthia Pett-Dante tells PEOPLE. “It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There’s no date set at this time.” (source)
Jolie was seen wearing the ring two nights ago, April 11, at a private viewing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Chinese Galleries. She attended the small gathering with Pitt as well as their son Pax. Jewelry designer Robert Procop tells The Hollywood Reporter: “Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration. He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suite Angelina’s hand. Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encirlce her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality.” (source)
London 2012: Olympic Stadium sees marriage proposal
Charity mascot Wendell Raphael, 40, was shown on the big screen at a test event saying: “This is not an April Fool. Bindi Bhambra, will you marry me?”
She was shown in tears in her seat among the applauding crowd, nodding her head to say yes.
They were in the stadium for the Gold Challenge charity test event which saw members of the public compete alongside celebrities and sporting stars.
Mr Raphael acts as mascot Super Donor Dan - wearing a red outfit and matching cape - for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, raising awareness of blood and bone marrow donation.
He said: “When it was confirmed I’d be taking part in the parade two weeks ago, I knew I wanted to propose in front of all these people here today.”
He met his fiancee, a 35-year-old teacher from Bristol, on a dating website six months ago.
Mr Raphael, originally from Port of Spain, Trinidad, and now living in New Cross, south-east London, also took part in a race at the new stadium during the Gold Challenge charity test event.
The IT worker said he wanted his fiancee’s “surname to be Raphael as soon as possible.”'Bawling tears'
Miss Bhambra said she had ruled out this summer for their wedding - as her new fiance will be carrying the Olympic Torch in Hackney in east London, two days before the Games begin, and also taking part in the opening ceremony.
Describing the moment of the proposal, she said: “It was a complete and utter surprise.
"I saw him in the parade and then all of a sudden he was gone - then I saw him on the big screen.
"I was crying then, because he does so much for charity and I thought that’s what he was there for.
"When he proposed, I was bawling tears. I was just amazed ."
Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad engaged to Lauren Parsekian
It’s official! Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and girlfriend Lauren Parsekian have taken the next step in their relationship.
Lauren, who is the Co-CEO of Finding Kind Productions, shared a photo with friends showing off her enormous diamond engagement ring. Aaron Paul’s fiancée couldn’t be happier.
“Coming back home today with my fiancé!!! NYE proposal in Paris … Couldn’t be more perfect. I’m so happy and excited and honored to share my life with the most amazing man on the planet ♥”
Paul, 32, and Parsekian, 24, also took a fun photo gazing into each others’ eyes behind a bottle of champagne and a homemade sign that said, “Bride & Groom To Be”