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30 Celebrity Engagements in 2016 That Made Us Believe in True Love: See the Proposals, Rings and More!

Miranda kerr evan spiegelCULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Founder, Snapchat Evan Spiegel (L) and model Miranda Kerr attend the Fifth Annual Baby2Baby Gala, Presented By John Paul Mitchell Systems at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

So many proposals, so little time. 2016 was a memorable year for celebrity engagements, bringing some of Hollywood’s most-beloved couples one step closer to our favorite topic: Weddings.

Here, The Knot compiles the most unforgettable engagements of the year, including James Matthews’ romantic, lakeside proposal to Pippa Middleton and Drew Scott’s adorable dinner date with his girlfriend of six years!


December 2016

Drew Scott and Linda Phan
Date: December 13
Location: Toronto, Canada
The Moment: After carrying an engagement ring around for weeks, Scott proposed to Phan at a restaurant in Toronto. He pre-recorded a cover of Train’s “Marry Me,” which was played during the romantic meal. He also surprised his love with a Dr. Seuss-inspired cake that adorably read, “Oh the Places We’ll Go.”

Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll
Date: December 8
Location: Disneyland
The Moment: Andrews confirmed she was engaged when a reporter spotted her sparkling, new ring at LAX. Although the future bride admitted she was “not really ready to tell everybody,” her friend, Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, teased the engagement as a humorous payback. Weeks later, the couple revealed it happened at Disneyland.

Erin Andrews Jarret Stoll

Photo courtesy of Erin Andrews

 

November 2016

Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin

Date: Late November
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Although the lovebirds kept details of their engagement under wraps, Baccarin debuted her massive engagement ring on the red carpet of the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on November 28.

Morena Baccarin Ben McKenzie

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 28: Actors Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin attend the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef

Date: Mid-November
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Martin nervously got down on one knee, pulled out a velvet pouch containing Yosef’s engagement ring, and blurted out, “I got you something.”

Ricky Martin Engagement ring

In this photo released by Warner Bros., a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is seen at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

 

October 2016

Emma Slater and Sasha Farber

Date: October 4
Location: Los Angeles
The Moment: After performing a passionate, live dance routine on Dancing With the Stars, Farber shocked Slater when he dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. The audience cheered as confetti fell from the sky and Bruno Mars’ hit single “Just the Way You Are” played on-screen.

DWTS engagement

(Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
SASHA FARBER, EMMA SLATER

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli

Date: October 4
Location: Palm Springs, California
The Moment: Morelli surprised Wiley with a unique, square-shaped diamond ring after she whisked her off to Palm Springs for a romantic weekend trip.

Laura Prepon and Ben Foster

Date: Early October
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: The celebrity pair kept their engagement top-secret until Prepon debuted the ring on the red carpet of her film, The Girl on the Train. Prepon’s friend and former co-star, Ashton Kutcher, later called her out when she appeared on Live With Kelly for keeping the secret to herself.

Prepon engaged

Laura Prepon (L) and Ben Foster attend “The Girl on the Train” New York premiere at Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on October 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

 

September 2016

Idina Menzel and Aaron Lohr
Date: September 23
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Lohr got down on one knee and proposed to his love with a vintage, platinum-diamond baguette ring with a hand-engraved floral band. The proposal took place on the same day Menzel’s latest album, Idina, was released. “As if this week couldn’t get any better I have wonderful news… my man and I are engaged! We are so happy. It’s a beautiful time,” she gushed on Twitter.

Idina Menzel Ring

Idina Menzel attends the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

Daymond John and Heather Taras
Date: September 22
Location: Culver City, California
The Moment: John proposed in front of fellow investors while filming an episode of Shark Tank. He gifted his girlfriend a custom, emerald-cut, 9.5-carat diamond engagement ring.

Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski
Date: Mid-September
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Sadoski proposed to Seyfried with a thin, simple band in lieu of a traditional engagement ring. The couple is currently expecting a baby together.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: (L-R) Actress Amanda Seyfried and her companion Thomas Sadoski attend the Givenchy Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 24, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 24: (L-R) Actress Amanda Seyfried and her companion Thomas Sadoski attend the Givenchy Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 24, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)

 

August 2016

Jena Malone and Ethan DeLorenzo
Date: August 30
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Although the duo decided not to disclose proposal details, Malone’s engagement announcement was simply adorable! The bride-to-be took to Instagram to share a photo of her ring-clad hand resting on the forehead of the couple’s baby boy. She concluded a heartfelt caption with the hashtag “#isaidyes.”

Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana
Date: Mid-August
Location: New York City
The Moment: Metcalfe proposed as the couple sailed along the Hudson River. He surprised his sweetheart with a 5.5-carat, emerald-shaped ring.

What a weekend! Meant to get this up yesterday, but was too busy celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my baby!!!🎉❤️😘

A photo posted by Jesse Metcalfe (@realjessemetcalfe) on

 

July 2016

Jerry Ferrara and Breanne Racano
Date: July 31
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Ferrara wanted to propose long before he finally popped the question. He asked Racano to be his bride after receiving her parents’ blessing.

Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel
Date: July 20
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Kerr and Snapchat founder Spiegel kept quiet about the specifics, but the model couldn’t wait to share news of their engagement. “I said yes,” she announced on Instagram alongside a photo of her round diamond. She included an adorable cartoon filter from Spiegel’s social media platform.

I said yes!!! ❤️😍❤️😍❤️

A photo posted by Miranda (@mirandakerr) on

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
Date: July 17
Location: Northwest England
The Moment: Matthews proposed at a scenic Lake District after asking family patriarch, Michael Middleton, for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton leaves home on July 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Alex B. Huckle/GC Images)

Beth Behrs and Michael Gladis
Date: July 11
Location: New York City
The Moment: Gladis asked Behrs to be his wife on a romantic summer night in New York City. He subsequently arranged for their loved ones to surprise his new fiancee at a rooftop lounge to celebrate the special moment.

I said yes!! 💍💍💍💍💕💕💕6 years down a lifetime to go! #love

A photo posted by @bethbehrsreal on

Emilie de Ravin and Eric Bilitch
Date: July 6
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: While the future husband and wife chose to keep the details to themselves, they couldn’t wait to share their engagement news with fans. “So excited!!!” de Ravin wrote on Instagram. “I love you @ericbilitch.”

 

June 2016

Anne Vyalitsyna and Adam Cahan
Date: Early June
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Cahan made the proposal a family affair. Vyalitsyna wasted no time posting an adorable photo of the newly-engaged duo being showered with love by their blended family.


May 2016

Kirstin Maldonado and Jeremy Michael Lewis
Date: Late May
Location: Paris
The Moment: When the Pentatonix singer arrived in the City of Lights ahead of a concert, she had no idea her boyfriend was about to propose. After overcoming the initial shock, the future bride took to Instagram to share her big news. “AT THE MOULIN ROUGE. SO HAPPY. @JeremyMichael22 !!!!!!” she wrote in an Instagram post, alongside a photo of her enormous bling.

pentatonix kiristin maldonado jeremy lewis engaged

Photographer Pierre Torset, who captured Pentatonix singer Kirstin Maldonado and Jeremy Michael Lewis’s magical Parisian engagement this past weekend, opens up to The Knot exclusively about capturing the beautiful proposal (Pictures by Paris Photographer Pierre Torset)

JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
Date: Mid-May
Location: Thailand
The Moment: Rodgers proposed on a beach in Phuket during filming of the Bachelorette season 12 finale. The couple concealed their engagement for months until the episode aired on August 1.

Jojo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers

On the August 1st finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” real estate developer JoJo Fletcher picked Jordan Rodgers as the person she wants to spend the rest of her life with. (ABC/ Heidi Gutman)

Lizzy Caplan and Tom Riley
Date: Mid-May
Location: New York City
The Moment: Riley proposed during a trip to the Big Apple in May, but the couple didn’t officially announce their engagement until July.

Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter
Date: May 4
Location: Indonesia
The Moment: Jenner proposed to Carter during a tropical vacation to the Indonesian Islands of Bali and Sumba.

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander
Date: Early May
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: The engaged duo have kept mum about engagement details, but Upton debuted her stunning, round bauble at the 2016 Met Gala in New York City on May 2.

Kate Upton Engagement Ring

Kate Upton debuted an engagement ring at the Met Gala 2016. Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images; inset: John Shearer/Getty Images

 

April 2016

Angela Simmons and Sutton Tennyson
Date: April 26
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Not only did Simmons keep the proposal details a secret; she chose to keep her future husband’s name to herself. A month after sharing her engagement news, the Growing Up Hip Hop star announced her pregnancy. Months later, Tennyson’s identity was revealed.

 

David Tutera and Joey Toth
Date: April 23
Location: Hawaii
The Moment: Tutera chose his 50th birthday to ask Toth to be his husband. Tutera’s daughter, Cielo, witnessed the sweet proposal, and he surprised his fiance with matching engagement rings.

 

March 2016

Hilary Swank and Ruben Torres
Date: Mid-March
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Torres asked Swank to be his bride during a hike. He chose a nontraditional, emerald engagement ring.

Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro
Date: March 9
Location: New York City
The Moment: During a visit to The Howard Stern Show, Menounos jokingly admitted that she had pressured Undergaro to marry her. When Undergaro entered the studio, he shocked Menounos by dropping to one knee. That wasn’t the only surprise. The future bride’s parents were also there to congratulate her following the sweet moment.

Maria Menounos engaged

Keven Undergaro got down on one knee and proposed to Maria Menounos during Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show. Credit: Courtesy of SiriusXM

Chris Carmack and Erin Slaver
Date: Early March
Location: Undisclosed
The Moment: Carmack and Slaver didn’t divulge details about his proposals, but the future bride gave fans a glimpse of the moment. “Sparkling drinks and fingers,” she captioned an image of the lovebirds smiling and ready to share a bottle of champagne.

 

February 2016

Sydney Rae James and Anthony Bass
Date: February 10
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
The Moment: Bass’ proposal took place during a hike on Camelback Mountain. He was about to jet off to Japan, but rather than kissing his sweetheart goodbye, he slipped a cushion-cut diamond and double halo engagement ring on her finger.

Sydney Rae James engaged

Sydney Rae James got engaged to Anthony Bass on February 10 at Camelback Mountain in Arizona. Credit: Jennifer Stewart

Elle King and Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson
Date: Early February
Location: San Francisco
The Moment: Ferguson asked King to marry him on a sailboat beneath the Golden Gate Bridge on Super Bowl Weekend.

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Kelly Spears
Kelly Spears
Kelly is an online news writer for The Knot. She is a professional writer who studied English at Ohio State University. Kelly is a big fan of TLC's '90 Day Fiance' and FYI's 'Married at First Sight.'