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!
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
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.
Date: Late November
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Date: Early October
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.
Idina Menzel and Aaron Lohr
Date: September 23
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.
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
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.
Jena Malone and Ethan DeLorenzo
Date: August 30
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.”
One day , after all the youthful rushing quiets in your heart, you realize there’s nothing more you need. Nothing more you want to achieve than to build your life around love. And oh the things we will get to build together. I couldn’t be happier. I love you Ethan. #isaidyes💍
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Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana
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.
Jerry Ferrara and Breanne Racano
Date: July 31
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
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.
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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.
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.
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Emilie de Ravin and Eric Bilitch
Date: July 6
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.”
Anne Vyalitsyna and Adam Cahan
Date: Early June
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.
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— Anne V (@AnneV) June 5, 2016
Kirstin Maldonado and Jeremy Michael Lewis
Date: Late May
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.
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
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.
Lizzy Caplan and Tom Riley
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
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
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.
Angela Simmons and Sutton Tennyson
Date: April 26
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
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.
Hilary Swank and Ruben Torres
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.
Chris Carmack and Erin Slaver
Date: Early March
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.
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.
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.