“I would bend my knee a million times to stand by you.” — Jordan Kimball
Every true love story begins with that classic, life-altering question. Each marriage proposal is as unique as the couple themselves.
Romantic, silly, or sweet, here at I Do, we celebrate all of your love stories, and know that sometimes, the sweetest stories are the most unplanned.
If you’re a hopeless romantic like us, then these real-life tales, from the heart melting to the comically unexpected, will make your heart skip a beat.
So, grab your tissues, get cosy, and let’s embark on a journey filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments!
Image: Marykate Thompson
Under the Mistletoe
“My partner Jack and I have been together for 7 years, and every time I brought up getting engaged, I was told it was pushed back by 6 months, so I was convinced it wouldn’t happen for a good while; because I was ‘subtly’ bringing it up every now and then!”
“But Christmas Eve morning, Jack said he had to go into town just to get the last present for me from our daughter, who was 3 months old. When he got back, I was still in my pyjamas, hair a mess, trying to prep for Christmas Day dinner, and he called me into the sitting room.”
“There was a bouquet of roses and two cards. The first card was a Christmas card from him and on it said ‘To my girlfriend’ and inside was your standard ‘To Marykate, Merry Christmas, Love Jack.’ So, naturally, no thinking I was getting engaged.”
“The next card was from our daughter and on the inside it said ‘Mammy will you marry Daddy,’ but I was convinced it was a joke, but when I turned to him, he was on one knee in front of the Christmas tree, holding our daughter in one arm and the ring in the other hand.”
“So then I cried and said yes! The wedding was booked by the 9th of January!” – Marykate & Jack Thompson
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
“John proposed on the slopes of Austria while we were skiing. He subsequently fell and dislocated his shoulder. He had to be chopper-ed down the mountain… DRAMATIC!” – Orla Young
“Proposed to in the middle of a storm in my PJ’s, on the site we are planning to build our house with our two dogs” – Joanne Kennedy
In a New York minute
“We got engaged in New York on New Year’s Eve in Central Park” – Aine Kelly
“Surprise proposal, he planned a 31st party for me, as I was pregnant with our second son for our 3oth (and covid), so he had all my family and friends booked to a hotel, and put our song on, did the cake and dropped on one knee and popped the question was the most amazing surprise ever — four months until I Do.” – Leianne Byrne
A Fairytale Romance
“Ed popped the question in Disney World in front of the castle” – Karla Barbacena
“Proposed at the top of Glendalough hike, asked me to pose for a picture with my back to him to slag off to his friend. Said camera wasn’t working — turned around, he was down on one knee!” – Megan Nolan
“We got engaged in our sitting room, while I was wearing my pyjamas!” – Caroline Haughey
A Breath of Fresh Air
“One random Sunday morning, we went for a walk down the road, as we always do. We then went into the woods to a spot that was cleared in the centre. As I went to walk away, he called me back, and as I turned, he was down on one knee with the ring in hand” – Trisha Mcgrath
Taking a Leap on the Lake
“We went away for a weekend to celebrate our 8th anniversary. We went to Kylemore Abbey, and he proposed looking out onto the lake — best day ever.” – anonymous
Are you crying too?
From unexpected Christmas surprises to mountaintop mishaps, these couples prove that love knows no bounds. These beautiful stories remind us to cherish all the special moments in life.
Now, go and share your own beautiful love story with the world!