I do love a good proposal story, don’t you?

I do love a good proposal story, don’t you?

Although the words may change slightly over time and the memory of all the little details may fade, you’ll never forget how excited and happy you felt that day!

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I’m thrilled to feature this eclectically beautiful collection of real proposal stories from real couples who kindly agreed to share them via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and emails.

Some of the stories are filled with big, romantic gestures, others are laced with sweet, subtle moments. All of them ended with a resounding ‘yes’.

So grab yourself a nice hot cuppa and put your feet up, it’s story time…

And be sure to share your own proposal stories in the comments section below!

 photos by Ciara Richardson from this magical proposal shoot

Proposal Stories

Some of my favourite bloggers and wedding industry folk chimed in with their stories…

Christie of Mountainside Bride

We both stood, hand in hand, looking at the Great Smoky Mountains. “I thought of proposing in a nice restaurant,” he said, “but I wanted to pick a place that would be here forever for you.”

Sara of Burnett’s Boards

I was still living in Houston at the time, he flew me out to Honolulu for Valentines weekend and proposed at our favorite beachside restaurant, where 6 years earlier we’d made a deal (as friends) that if we weren’t married in 10 years date we’d get married. I’m glad it didn’t take us the whole 10 years to fall in love!  Everyone along the beach and at the restaurant’s lawn tables started cheering and clapping when he went down on one knee.

Louise of Bow Occasions

Hubby booked a trip away to Turin, Italy for my birthday and as I always said I didn’t want him to propose at Christmas or on my birthday, I really didn’t think it would happen then… First surprise!

Two days before my birthday he was so keen to take the cable car up the mountains but when we got there it was shut…He was really upset about it and I really couldn’t understand why we had to go on that day. He then tried to look for a bus up there but they weren’t running either. Bless him, he was very disappointed but as there was no way up there, we made plans to go to the old Winter Olympics village instead which is now pretty much a shopping centre. As we were walking back out over the Olympic bridge, he got down on one knee and proposed. It was so sweet but not as I think he had planned it bless him.

The reason we had to get engaged on that day was he had a ring made with the date stamped on it so it couldn’t have been any other day. It’s a great reminder of the date he proposed and every time I look at it, the story comes flooding back.

Our Proposal Story 

The short version? We were on a boat just for two off the coast of Amalfi. And I said yes, obviously. The long version – with all the twists and turns, ins and outs, romantic and not so romantic details? Why I wrote a post about it, of course!

Click for my proposal story.

Stephanie of Fab You Bliss

Kevin and I got engaged one night on a trip to Paris while sitting on a park bench across from the Eiffel Tower at Jardins du Trocadéro. It may be cliché, but it was the most special night of my life. Kevin took this self portrait of us right after I said yes, also after we wiped tears from our eyes. He was trying to get the tower in the picture.

But as you can see…only a peek of it can be seen behind his head. That’s why I am the photographer 😉

 

Kitty Westhorp (via Facebook) 

Our proposal was premature, he was planning to do it a few weeks later on our anniversary weekend in London, but after our film night included two wedding related films he couldn’t wait and did it there and then in our living room!

Tamiya Tim Tam O’Rourke (via Facebook)

It was christmas morning, I opened the massive box he gave me to find two presents inside. Opened the first and then the second which was a Bryce Courtenay book. I was excited to get the book as I love Bryce. I opened the book as there was a bookmark inside. Looked at the bookmark that said ‘love’ and I was all like aww, then noticed that there was a ring tied to the book mark. I thought it was all part of the bookmark till my now fiance said babe that ring is an engagemenr ring.

In front of his four beautiful children he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry us. I was so surprised and shaking I couldnt get the ring off the bookmark so he had to! It was so sweet. He told me he had it planned for weeks and asked my father’s permission on christmas eve and called my mother and step father to ask permission about two weeks before. My mum and his helped with the ring choice. That was special as my mum lives interstate, so it was nice he involved her.

Travel Themed Proposal

The folks behind The Proposers, a proposal planning company in the UK, shared one of the proposals they planned for a travel loving couple:

We hired out a penthouse suite in Cambridge for this proposal. During the day the couple went for a walk in Cambridge and Rhea kept getting handed tiny paper planes made out of maps by random strangers. This continued throughout the day (yup, we arranged it all!) with the final plane being given to her by the doorman of her hotel.

When they went up to their room, she opened the door to find the entire suite decorated with travel related props – old fashioned globes, paper airplane’s, hot air balloons, maps and luggage tags with the reason why he loved her written on them!

Final surprise was a personalized  passport that we had made for her that had stamps of all of the places they had visited together but also, hidden inside the cover, was her engagement ring.

via The Proposers

Pinterest Proposal Stories

Click the links to follow each pinner of pretty things and be sure to check out the proposal pin that got this whole conversation started as there are lots more stories where these came from!

Veronica S

We went of a day trip to new york city with or closest friends. He had a list of everything I ever wanted to do in NY which included everything from the wax museum to ice skating at Central Park. Then he took me away from the group and we went on a carriage ride in Central Park and he proposed and it started snowing!

Michelle Gravel

We watched the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine…after the sun came up he proposed!

Jenni Houghton

He proposed to me on New Year’s Eve in London. He timed it so when I said yes the fireworks would start. So romantic and magical.

shelbycal We were at Disneyland, we’re both annual pass holders and he decided to pop the question in front of Cinderella’s Castle. It was perfect!

Aryelle Lawson

He proposed at the animal sanctuary where we volunteer and had one of the volunteers who was a photographer take pictures. It was so creatiive and personal.

Lexi Culshaw

We were down at the Vietnam Memorial that is outside of Camp Johnson in NC. It was raining, and we were the only ones there. After admiring the beautiful memorial for a few minutes, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!

Nicole Lajoie

My fiance proposed to me in Epcot, after running 26.2 miles in the Disney Marathon. He had his friend wear the go pro camera, every mile through the marathon he stopped and filmed a memory of me. The 26th filmed memory was the proposal and he asked me to be his Disney Princess!

Valerie Moreno

He proposed on top of the Rockefeller center after singing a song in front of 200 people.

Jessica Scrogham

My husband asked me while I was recovering from a very bad car wreck. It was definitely original.

Photo by Chris Emeott Photography

samantha hanssens

He asked if we could swing by a favourite coffee shop before heading to Vancouver. While there he seemed to get lost while going to the bathrroom, but came back with a huge bouquet of every flower I had ever mentioned I loved, a song we fell in love with playing in background, and of course a beautiful smile as he dropped to one knee.

All I remember is kissing, and the sound of clapping from everyone else in the shop. Oh and of course, I said yes!

Elizabeth Heersche

After coming home from a deployment.

Kirstin Bowdler

He took me to one of my favorite gardens on my birthday. It had recently snowed and their Christmas lights were still up. He asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Then he took me to a building downtown over looking the river and had all of our friends and family there for a surprise birthday/engagement party.

Sarah Perry

We went camping for the first time together in a spot where he had been going since he was a kid and he wanted to show me this waterfall they used to be able to drive to. We drove around all day and finally found out that the road was closed – it only took us a moment to decide to hike there. We had to climb down this super steep cliff to get to the waterfall, it was gorgeous! As soon as we did he plucked a blade of grass, got down on one knee and asked, with the grass as the ring! I said yes and he put the ring on the wrong hand he was so nervous.

I still have the grass ring, and we are getting married at that camp ground this summer!

Lori DeBri

He set up sky diving with my best friend. When my parachute opened I saw marry me on the ground. When I landed he was on one knee. Funny part though I was still attached to the instructor when he proposed. Another man attached to me will always be remembered in the photos.

tanya tournavitis

My hubby was very original – he changed his Facebook status to engaged then sent me an email to accept the proposal. That night we sat under the stary night sky and spoke about everything we wanted to do…

Lacey Buksar

I came home from work and he called me up to our bedroom. I look out on our balcony – him and my 4 yr old son from a previous relationship were on one knee each holding a single red rose. He asked if I would honor him by being his wife and making him a father. Still puts me to tears.

 

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SUNDAY: David Bowie Worship Band to Put on a Blasphemous Sparkly Spectacle

 

These guys have been stenciling the Mission in anticipation of their big show, and now they’re ready to grace Public Works with a giant, beautifully cultish celebration of all things Bowie:

Experience David Bowie’s love this Sunday, 2/26 at Public Works featuring a special service from the Mission’s own Bowie worship band The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual.  After a year in the making based out of a garage on Florida and 25th, we’re ready to share with our neighborhood a musical, theatrical, sparkly spectacle of a show that tap dances the line between religion and revelry, beatitude and blasphemy, rock show, and revival.

And here’s what they they sound like covering Ziggy Stardust:

If that’s not enough to get you in the door, they’re promising $3 “Stardust shooters” (??? !!!) until 10pm and $3 beers all night.

Tickets are only $5 if you get ’em early, so head over to Eventbrite and slap down your credit card.

 

 

 

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The Church of Man-Love

An outtake from the iconic Ziggy photoshoot
An outtake from the iconic Ziggy photoshoot
Love the pic of David Bowie in his underwear. Where did you get it from? Thought I’d seen just about every Bowie pic ever so this is a new one – can’t miss a potential new bowie hunting ground!!!
The swimsuit picture? I don’t recall. It was quite some time ago that I came upon it. I do not know what the original source is, but it regularly makes the rounds among the fans.
Hi! How are you doing? I was wondering if you have any book suggestions about Bowie? I read one of those 33 1/3 books about Bowie’s Low and I really enjoy studying his work. Do you know of any books along those lines that would give a professional, technical view of Bowie’s records? I really don’t like those bios that are all gossip. Do you have any suggestions? Love your blog! ❤ ❤
No, sorry. I haven not read any Bowie books. Ask around, I know that there are others who have read pretty much everything available.
What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
Possibly my all-time favorite Ziggy-era photo
Possibly my all-time favorite Ziggy-era photo
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Confession: I like men in drag

 


 Joanthan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor in Velvet Goldmine

The other night, I watched the movie Velvet Goldmine again and it got me thinking about how much I like an androgynous man.  Velvet Goldmine hearkens back to the days of Glam Rock and features hot men like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale in make up. Ironically, Eddie Izzard is one of the few stars in the movie not wearing make up.
I began to notice men in the 1970′s, when rock stars like David Bowie, Marc Bolan and the New York Dolls were popular. It was the days of men with long hair, glitter eye shadow and tarty lipstick wearing flashy clothes and it made a big impression on me. These men with their blatant gender bending were so much sexier than the average Jock type to me. They were rebelling against the traditional male uniform. They were bravely flouting convention in an in your face way that was hard for me to resist. You see, I also have a rebellious spirit and a keen fashion sense and I related to these men, who I saw as so much more manly than the Jocks or the Suits. These men were breaking new ground, they were leaders. They were the new Alpha Male in all of their peacock feathered splendor.

Marc Bolan of T Rex                                                     The New York Dolls

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Then there was Tim Curry in the Rocky Horror pictures show licking his shiny red lips with a naughty, mischievous glint in his eye and singing “Give yourself over to absolute pleasure”. It didn’t matter that he was into both women and men, in fact that was a large part of the lure for me. He was unabashedly crashing through sexual boundaries.



Tim Curry in the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Since those days there have been very few examples of in your face male androgyny. In the 1980′s, Prince filled that role. At once, both masculine, feminine and oozing sex from every pore, Prince was my fantasy in those days.


Prince, from the Lovesexy Album cover

In the 1990′s Marilyn Manson took androgyny to a much darker and more Gothic place with his flawlessly painted face and very masculine voice. he merged male and female into one hot package.


Marilyn Manson

Currently, the most famous example is the aforementioned Eddie Izzard who has been quoted as saying, ”Women wear what they want and so do I”. That attitude is irresistible to me.


Eddie Izzard, in all his glory.

Androgyny isn’t just dressing in drag. It’s a mindset. It’s a lifestyle. It’s sexy as hell.

 

 

 

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Hooked to the Silver Screen

 


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David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)I got knocked flat by a nasty flu bug that has kept me in bed all week. I’m still on the mend and not fully recovered but I wanted to post a quick update and compile some links to a few things of possible interest.

First up, here’s a couple of links to my latest posts at The Movie Morlocks. The first is for an interview I did with local artist Nicolas Caesar who will be appearing on Creepy KOFY Movie Time tonight at 11PM, February 19th. Creepy KOFY Movie Time is a local Northern California TV program that airs every Saturday night on KOFY TV20 or CABLE13 and they play classic horror films as well as cult favorites. Nicolas will be chatting about the Herschell Gordon Lewis’ movie Color Me Blood Red (1965) on this week’s show along with the program’s regular hosts Balrok and No Name.
– My KOFY Break with Nicolas Caesar @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog

This week I almost didn’t post anything at The Movie Morlocks but at the last minute I managed to (roughly) finish a little something that I had been working on for weeks called “Life On Mars” that borrows it’s title from one of my favorite David Bowie songs. It’s a personal post that takes a look back at my earliest attempts to write film reviews for my school newspaper. If you want to know what films I was watching and writing about at age 14 you can find a couple examples I scanned from old school newspapers. I had planned on writing more in-depth on the topic but I couldn’t find any other issues of my school newspaper to scan and I was getting a little too self-reflective for my own good. I didn’t want to bore Movie Morlock readers with my self-indulgent trip down memory lane so I tried to make my post as brief as possible. Unfortunately my fever didn’t help matters much and I’m sure I rambled a bit more than I had intended. But movies have always been an important part of my life and it’s fun to look back at my early reviews and remember how I started seeing films differently at age 14.
– Life On Mars @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog

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Martin Kosleck and Rondo Hatton in House of Horrors (1946)The Rondo Awards were announced this week and although Cinebeats wasn’t nominated for anything this year, a few of my favorite bloggers were including Stacie Ponder of Final Girl, Pierre Fournier of Frankensteinia, August Ragone of The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla, Curt Purcell of Groovy Age of Horror and the esteemed Tim Lucas of Video Watchblog who also has lots of other nominations for various projects he’s worked on including his magazine Video Watchdog. If you do vote this year please consider their fine contributions to the blogosphere.
– The Rondo Hatton Awards

In other news, the For the Love of Film Noir Blogathon started on Valentine’s Day, February 14th and runs until February 21st. Some of my fellow Morlocks expressed interest in participating so they took up the gauntlet for TCM. I’ve linked to a couple of their contributions below and posted a great video clip for the blogathon compiled by another one of my favorite bloggers, Greg of Cinema Styles. If I wasn’t feeling like death was at my door I might pull something together myself but please give these other posts a look.
– For the Love of Film Noir Blogathon: THE STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog
– For the Love of Film (Noir) Blog-A-Thon: The Sound of Fury (1950) & TCM’s Classic Movie Blog

 

 

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David Bowie expected at Whitney Houston ’s funeral


David Bowie is expected to come out of hiding to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral today.
It has been a long time since anyone saw the Thin White Duke, so it will be a special moment to see him pay his respects to Whitney. His wife Iman is expected to be with him.
Amongst the other guests are: Clive Davis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Elton John, David Furnish, Bill Cosby, Brandy and her brother Ray-J, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

 

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