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Disclaimer: The photo above does not depict the proposal mentioned in this article. It is included solely for illustrative purposes, while certain Reddit threads I discovered online have proven useful.

Proposal Stories | Wilmington NC Photographer

"he asks if I want to watch a movie 😂 me: “NO I don’t want to watch a movie?!?”

"My boyfriend throws his hands up, goes upstairs, walks up behind me and said “this is why we aren’t engaged yet.” At this point I have an idea of what I’m about to see, and I didn’t want to turn around. But I did."

"My now fiancé was on one knee with the receipt for the ring in his hand 🥹 in a split second my emotions totally changed."

says u/present_cut_1697

Proposal Stories | Wilmington NC Photographer

"Our proposal wasn't "perfect" either, but it was absolutely perfect for us. It was election day, and we had just gotten home from voting after work.

We were rushing around trying to get the dogs fed and dinner ready, and he asked me to wash pants he wanted to wear the next day.

I was so upset over the fact that he didn't put them in the laundry over the weekend and said, no lol he kept pushing, and I finally told him to do his own damn laundry.

He looked defeated, went and got the pants, took the ring box out of the pocket, and said, "I guess you don't want this, then?"

While a totally botched proposal, it completely changed my mood, and we are now happily married as of July 1, 2023!" says u/Ok-Grass-3601

"This resonates so much with me as well!

My fiancé and I had been together for almost 12 years and I had been checking in with him about marriage here and there for a very long time.

He finally proposed on Cinco de Mayo in 2022 (a Thursday) after we just had take out fish tacos that were only ok with me in my sweaty gym clothes.

I was admittedly and selfishly a bit disappointed because I figure he had such a long time to plan something special and I do appreciate a little romance.

He proposed to me then because we were going to our friends baby shower the following weekend and he knows life events like that make me a bit sad.

Sometimes it is hard to remember life is not a race and he is not the most romantic person in the world so the proposal fit us too in hindsight 😂" says u/angrymuffin6291

Proposal Stories | Wilmington NC Photographer

My fiancé was so nervous and excited he reminded himself aloud about the ring 🤣 didn't get down on one knee.

I was just standing behind him refusing to turn around until he was ready!!

Didn't want him to know I saw and heard him as he pulled it out 😜 6 ft 4 man stood really closely and asked me to marry him.

I BENT MYSELF DOWN ON ONE KNEE, we had our moment ✨️


Proposal Stories | Wilmington NC Photographer

I sort of ruined my own proposal as well.

We were backpacking with a group of friends, and he had planned on us all hiking to a sunset point a few miles away.

Except I had hiked too far earlier in the day and was like "y'all can go I'll stay at camp" which...wasn't going to work.

So we built a camp fire on the beach and at one point I smacked his butt and felt the ring box and was like "WHAT IS THAT"

We ended up walking along the beach and he got down on one knee in the sand under the stars and it was so amazing! 😍

And then I had to turn on my headlamp to be able to see the ring because it was so dark 😂.

All while our friends were high AF making dick jokes around the campfire in the background.

Honestly wouldn't have had it any other way.


Proposal Stories | Wilmington NC Photographer

Love this! I also ruined my proposal but we love the story now and telling it! Make it a fun story and tell it in a positive way and everyone will love it!


Proposal Stories | Wilmington NC Photographer

I proposed to my now husband - for lots of reasons, one of which was that I didn’t want to get into that cycle of “Why aren’t we engaged yet?”

Anyway, my plans to propose were interrupted a few times - by impromptu family visits, work events, and my chickening out - before I finally got it together.

Picture it: we are having a lovely sunset picnic on the beach, super romantic, and I realise that I’d forgotten the key rings I was proposing with 🤦‍♀️ I told him what the plan was and asked for a do-over once we got home. It was perfect for us, in the end!


Proposal Stories | Wilmington NC Photographer

We had a very slow motion proposal, over the course of a few months.

We had made the decision to get engaged, we picked out the ring, and he talked to my parents before he formally popped the question. I was aware and an active participant in all of these. Now all that was left was do to the “surprise!”

We decide to go out to lunch at a place we both used to work to visit people and hang out for a bit. Everyone kept asking “so when are you guys getting married??” We were like UHHH UH SOON PROBABLY OR SOMETHING.

We leave the restaurant and begin driving home. He said, “you know, I’ve been trying to come up with the perfect time/way and I can’t come up with anything.”

So I was like “honestly, I don’t really care about that part that much.” He was like “do you just want to do it when we get home?” And I said, “sure!”

So we get home, get settled, and then he fetches the ring I picked out and kneels down in the living room, handing it to me and asks if I’ll marry him. I immediately accept.

Quick and to the point.

It was perfect, in my opinion.


Proposal Stories | Wilmington NC Photographer



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