What a year to fall in love. We’ve witnessed plenty of celebrity engagements in 2019, with celebrities like Emma Stone, Katy Perry, Hilary Duff and Jennifer Lawrence all saying “I do.”
Some couples, like Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger, surprised fans with their whirlwind romance, while others, like Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, led to huge echoes of relief from excited fans. Here, How They Asked rounds up every single celebrity engagement of 2019. (Prepare to swoon!)
1. Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Tim Tebow had to do one of his least favorite things—lie—in order to propose to his then-girlfriend Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, on January 10. But the former college football player would later say that it was all worth it. He and Nel-Peters first met through Night to Shine, part of his nonprofit, the Tim Tebow Foundation.
“Her sister has special needs, so we invited them to Night to Shine in South Africa,” he told Today hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb back in 2018. “We kind of met and started talking through that and haven’t stopped.”
2. Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger
Chris Pratt had Katherine Schwarzenegger’s parents’ approval long before he dropped to one knee to propose on January 13 (and in so doing gave us one of the most surprising celebrity engagements of 2019). In fact, Schwarzenegger’s mom, Maria Shriver, set the pair up in early 2018. By September, friends were calling the couple “a great fit” and anticipating a quick engagement. “Katherine has spent time with Chris’ family and they all love her too,” an insider told People at the time. “She fits in really well with them and vice versa.” They became Instagram official in December, and showed off a diamond sparkler by early January. By June, the couple wed in an intimate ceremony in California.
3. Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney
Everyone’s favorite red carpet gal linked up with her plus-one for life in January after quietly getting engaged to her boyfriend, art gallery dealer Cooke Maroney, at the start of the year. The Silver Linings Playbook actress and Maroney were first rumored to be dating back in June 2018, and largely kept their relationship under wraps ever since. On October 19, the couple wed in front of their loved ones in Rhode Island.
4. Jude Law and Phillipa Coan
Talk about an understated confirmation! Jude Law and his longtime girlfriend, psychologist Phillipa Coan, sparked rumors of an engagement early in the year, but it wasn’t until Coan stepped out with a blinding bauble on that finger in February that their engagement was confirmed. The couple married several months later in May in a simple courthouse wedding in London.
5. Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist found her Superman in co-star Chris Wood, who proposed to the actress in early February with an oval-shaped diamond ring featuring a tiny halo of smaller diamonds. “Yes yes yes it will always be yes,” she captioned a shot of herself looking giddy while showing off the ring as Wood plants a kiss on her cheek. The pair have been linked since 2017.
6. Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom
Katy Perry is officially off the market. The singer rekindled her romance with actor Orlando Bloom following a break in 2017 (the pair previously dated back in 2016 after meeting at the Golden Globes), and the reunion went so well the high-profile pair took their relationship to the next level, joining the slew of celebrity engagements in 2019 to delight at the tail end of proposal season. Bloom proposed to Perry on Valentine’s Day.
“I wouldn’t have imagined anything happening,” Bloom told The Times UK in 2018. “And, you know, when you get hit sideways you get hit sideways. You don’t pick who you fall in love with.”
7. Abbie Cornish and Adel Altamimi
Love was definitely in the air for Jack Ryan star Abbie Cornish and MMA fighter Adel Altamimi on Valentine’s Day. The pair, who had kept their relationship largely under wraps (it’s unclear how they met or how long they’d been dating), shared the happy news via social media just after the romantic holiday, with Cornish gushing about her man.
“There is so much more here in this pic,” she captioned a shot of the athlete. “I see a man that has evolved through this life in a way nobody I’ve ever met has. A warrior. A champion. A believer. A lover. I respect you so much. The light you see is the light you give.” The second photo in the series included a close-up shot of her new ring. “You’ve swept me off my feet my love. I have been waiting for you,” she continued. “The answer is yes!”
8. Brittany Snow and Tyler Stanaland
Brittany Snow usually has a thing about keeping her love life out of the public eye, but when it came to her beau Tyler Stanaland, she knew something was a little different. “I’m very public about it for the first time in my life and that’s very strange to me,” she told Us Weekly in the fall of 2018. “I made a conscious decision—I’m very private and I made a conscious decision to, I don’t know, be less hard on myself.” Then, earlier this year, Snow went full-force putting their relationship in the spotlight, announcing their engagement via Instagram on Feb. 19. “A couple weeks ago, I said ‘YES’ about a million times to the man of my wildest & most beautiful dreams,” she wrote.
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9. Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner
A love made in reality TV singing competition heaven. Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner, who met during their respective runs on American Idol back in 2018, announced their surprise engagement toward the end of March—surprise because even Barrett thought it was something that might happen years down the line. But Foehner had other plans, planning out a proposal many months in advance. When he and Barrett were in Los Angeles visiting their pastor and taking part in pre-marital counseling in March, he popped the question during a photoshoot in the very room where they had first met. “Foehner has a nice RING to it…,” she captioned a sweet shot of the pair kissing while she showed off her bling.
10. Issa Rae and Louis Diame
Talk about a subtle announcement. Fans of Issa Rae and her popular HBO series Insecure puzzled over whether or not the multi-hyphenate was engaged after she appeared on the cover of Essence magazine with dazzling ring on that finger, but it wasn’t until March when her costars confirmed that yes, Rae was indeed engaged. “We’re very excited for her,” Rae’s onscreen BFF Yvonne Orji told Entertainment Tonight at the NAACP Image Awards, adding that all of the costars heard the happy news at different times, but “the reaction was all the same, like, ‘You out here in these streets getting married, boo?!’ That was the reaction.” Diame is a businessman from Senegal.
11. Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Christian Biscardi
Is this real life? Jersey Shore alum Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola excitedly proclaimed March 4 “the best day” of her life after her beau of two years, Christian Biscardi, proposed to her, much to the joy and excitement of the rest of the reality series family. “Omg omg omg !!!! I’m so freaking happy for you,” Jenni “JWoww” Farley wrote in the comments. Added Angelina Pivarnick, who appeared on two seasons of the show, “FINALLY !!! Congrats love.”
12. Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez
Continuing with the plethora of celebrity engagements in 2019 thus far, superstar couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez (who collectively go by the nickname J-Rod) announced their relationship status update during a romantic trip to the Bahamas. The pair, who have been dating since early 2017, were on a relaxing getaway when Rodriguez decided the time and setting was just right for a proposal. “She said yes,” the former Yankees athlete captioned a close-up shot of Lopez’s impressive 16-carat engagement ring. Friends of the baseball player would later tell Page Six that Rodriguez spent months trying to find the exact perfect ring. “He wanted to get it right,” the source said. “The proposal has been a long time coming. Alex knew she was the one and has been painstakingly planning everything.”
13. Michelle Wie and Jonnie West
Michelle Wie and Jonnie West had just barely gone public with their relationship (they only made their relationship known in January) when they made the exciting announcement that they were, in fact, ready to make their way down the aisle. The golf pro shared a sweet image of West (son of NBA great Jerry West) down on one knee on March 10 with the perfect caption: “My person for life!” The pair surprised fans once again when they got married just months later in August.
14. Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris
No question about it, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are now teammates for life. The soccer stars first met back in 2010 when they both played for the U.S. National Team, and hit it off right away, becoming fast friends. “We always sat next to each other on the bus and on flights, and we kind of just talked about our dreams and our hopes and what we wanted to do one day when we grew up,” Harris told People. “Because at the time, we were kids.” The couple largely kept their relationship under wraps until they announced their engagement in March. Harris proposed to Krieger during a romantic picnic by the rocks on Clearwater Beach on Sept. 15, and they announced their engagement in a series of sweet posts to Instagram in mid-March.
15. Shane Dawson and Ryland Adams
Shane Dawson and Ryland Adams celebrated their three-year anniversary in the biggest way possible: by getting engaged. The YouTube star and his longtime love shared the happy news with their fans via social media (naturally) shortly after Dawson popped the question. “HE SAID YES!” Dawson wrote alongside photos of the newly engaged pair. Adams posted his own excited announcement: “We’re engaged! I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you. I’ve never been happier in my whole entire life!!”
16. Evan Lysacek and Duangpatra “Dang” Bodiratnangkura
From Olympic champion to soon-to-be trophy husband. Olympic skater Evan Lysacek proposed to his girlfriend, Duangpatra “Dang” Bodiratnangkura, on April 1, her birthday, after just under a year of dating. (The pair were introduced through mutual friends back in 2011, but didn’t really connect romantically until last summer. “I cannot express enough how lucky I feel to have found my perfect match in this incredible girl,” he told People magazine. “She’s extraordinary in every way and she makes me a better man. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her. She’s not only brilliant and charming but gorgeous inside and out.”
17. Don Lemon and Tim Malone
This just in: Veteran CNN anchor Don Lemon got engaged to his boyfriend, Tim Malone, at the couple’s shared Harlem home on Malone’s birthday. “He gave me a present on his birthday,” Lemon captioned a close-up photo of two engraved dog tags. “How could I say no?” Malone had gotten tags for their puppies, Boomer and Barkley, engraved with a phrase that read: “Daddy will you marry papa?” In the close-up photos, both Malone and Lemon are wearing engagement rings. According to multiple outlets, the pair first started dating in 2016 after meeting in New York City.
18. Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma
Hilary Duff took to Instagram to share her relationship status update on Thursday, May 9. “He asked me to be his wife,” the Younger actress wrote, alongside a selfie with her future husband. “I came home from work on a random Tuesday, and he was like ‘Let’s go for a walk. Let’s go check out this park,’” Duff noted on The Talk. “He presents me with this book that he said he’s been working on for a while. He’s like, ‘It’s our story.’” Inside were illustrations of their relationship and a compartment with a ring tucked inside. “It was so sweet. It was so sweet,” she recalled. “And he got down on one knee and he’s like, ‘I forgot everything I’m supposed to say, but you’re my best friend.’ It was so sweet.”
19. Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost
He’s her endgame. On May 19, Scarlett Johansson’s publicist confirmed her engagement to Saturday Night Live comic Colin Jost. The Avengers: Endgame actress later debuted her 11-carat pear-shaped engagement ring at Comic-Con in July.
20. Jordan Fisher and Ellie Woods
Hamilton actor and Dancing With the Stars winner Jordan Fisher shared the news of his engagement to longtime girlfriend Ellie Woods on Instagram, writing, “5/20/19–I asked my best friend a question…and she said yes. I love you so much, Ellie Woods. Can’t wait to make you my wife MY WIFE.” The couple met when they were just 13 years old, and their friendship eventually turned romantic. Fisher planned the proposal for over two months and popped the question in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
21. JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai
On May 26, athletic power couple JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai announced the news of their engagement. The Houston Texans player proposed to Ohai, a soccer player for Houston Dash, on a bluff jutting out into the ocean. Ohai shared a series of photos from the romantic sunset proposal, writing, “Still can’t believe I get to be with you forever.”
22. Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk
Another Bachelor in Paradise engagement. On May 31, Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk got engaged in a romantic rooftop proposal. The couple’s romance blossomed on the fourth season of the reality show, though they opted to leave the show without getting engaged in order to continue their relationship off-camera.
Gottschalk decorated the Dallas rooftop with white rose petals and hired a photographer to document the surprise. Gates shared the news on Instagram with lyrics from Shania Twain’s “Forever and for Always.” “I’m keeping you forever and for always,” she wrote. “We will be together all of our days / Wanna wake up every morning to your sweet face…/ Always.”
23. Sadie Robertson and Christian Huff
Sadie Robertson didn’t just say yes… she screamed it. On June 9, the Duck Dynasty star shared the news of her engagement to boyfriend Christian Huff along with a video of the intimate proposal. “I screamed YES,” Robertson wrote on Instagram. “So many words and so many more pictures to come, but for now just know my friends I’m the happiest human in the world on June 9th, 2019 today and for the rest of my life. I GET TO MARRY THIS MAN. God is faithful and so so good.” The couple married in November 2019.
24. Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell
When country singer Chris Lane proposed to Lauren Bushnell, the Bachelor alum got more than a ring—she also received an original song. “I can’t stop smiling,” Bushnell announced on June 18 alongside a photo from the proposal moment. “I feel so incredibly blessed that every misstep, mistake and heartache has led me to you. I couldn’t be happier to call you mine, forever. The journey was well worth it. Thank you Christopher Eric Lane for softening my heart and making it whole. Never going to stop telling you how much I love you and I will hold onto you forever and ever! Lauren Lane has a nice ring to it. PS he wrote me a song… I can’t stop listening or looking down at my hand.” The couple married a few months later.
25. Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams
Credit: Sarah Hyland / Instagram
From drinks and tacos to an oceanside proposal. Bachelorette alum Wells Adams famously slid into actress Sarah Hyland’s DMs in 2017 asking her out—their friendship eventually turned romantic, and the couple shared the news of their engagement on July 16. “That can’t eat, can’t sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, world series kind of stuff,” Hyland captured an Instagram picture of the proposal and her oval engagement ring.
26. Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara
Longtime co-stars Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara finally got engaged in July. The actress was spotted wearing an art-deco inspired ring on her left finger, and a source confirmed news of the proposal to Us Weekly. The duo first worked together on the 2013 Her, though they fell in love on the set of the 2017 film Mary Magdalene.
27. Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett
After dating for two years, Elizabeth Olsen and musician Robbie Arnett got engaged in July. After reportedly meeting on vacation in Mexico in 2017, they made their first public appearance at an Emmys party that same year.
28. Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell
A birthday surprise! On July 21, conservationist Bindi Irwin rang in her 21st birthday by getting engaged. Her longtime boyfriend, Chandler Powell, popped the question with an oval diamond set on a rose gold band. “On my birthday I said ‘yes’ & ‘forever’ to the love of my life,” Irwin wrote alongside photos from the proposal. “Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you & every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure & true happiness.”
29. Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark
It was one of the most anticipated reality celebrity engagements of 2019. On July 31, Vanderpump Rules personality Stassi Schroeder announced her engagement to boyfriend Beau Clark. “OMG. I feel like Meghan Markle,” the Next Level Basic author wrote on Instagram. The proposal took place at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and came shortly after the couple’s one-year anniversary.
30. Kevin Wendt and Astrid Loch
Yet another Bachelor nation engagement. After falling in love on the fifth season of Bachelor in Paradise, Kevin Wendt proposed to Astrid Loch in Toronto on August 28. “I could have sworn the world stood still in this moment,” Loch wrote on Instagram. “A moment I’ll never forget. Just you + me. @kevin.c.wendt you’ve taught me to love, learn and grow and I can’t believe you’ve chosen me to spend this crazy life with. Wonder if I’ll ever stop smiling? Probably not. In this together, forever.” Loch’s cushion-cut diamond ring was designed by Wendt and created at Wendt Jewellers, a family business opened by his great-great-grandfather in 1884.
31. Jonah Hill and Gianna Santos
Despite keeping the details of their relationship out of the public eye, reports in September confirmed that actor Jonah Hill was engaged to his girlfriend, content manager Gianna Santos. They were first spotted together in August 2018, and Santos later appeared in family photos shared by Hill’s mother, Sharon Feldstein.
32. Susan Kelechi-Watson and Jaime Lincoln Smith
This is love. On September 7, This Is Us star Susan Kelechi-Watson shared an Instagram post announcing her engagement to actor Jaime Lincoln Smith. In the photos, the actress shared a closeup look at her ring: a cushion-cut sapphire stone set on a diamond band.
33. Jenny Slate and Ben Shattuck
Jenny Slate didn’t expect a proposal from boyfriend Ben Shattuck while on vacation in France, but that’s exactly what she got. The art curator popped the question with a vintage-inspired stone during a picnic in an abandoned castle. “He took me to France and made a picnic and made me feel happy and free and then he asked me to marry him and I screamed YES,” the Parks and Recreation alum wrote on Instagram. “I love you @benshattuck_art, you are the kindest and brightest and I am so grateful and here we go and keep going.”
34. Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice Announces Engagement To Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Another royal celebrity engagement! On September 6, Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Beatrice and boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi got engaged a few weeks prior while on vacation in Italy. “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement,” the couple shared in a joint statement. “We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married… We share so many similar interests and values and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”
35. Manny Jacinto and Dianne Doan
Manny Jacinto went out of his way to personalize his proposal to Dianne Doan, but he found most of his inspiration from his own show, The Good Place. The actor confirmed the news while speaking on a panel on November 9, explaining how his character Jason Mendoza’s relationship with Janet influenced the engagement. “I was toying when to pop the question for a long time,” Jacinto explained. “I looked at the Janet/Jason relationship, and there’s a sentence that Jason says to Chidi about relationships and it hit me pretty hard. I thought it was a sign that I needed to do it, and a week later I popped the question.”
36. Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman
Today show anchor Hoda Kotb surprised her co-stars on November 25 by announcing the news of her engagement to longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman live on air. “We went to our usual vacation,” she recalled. “We ended up having a little dinner on the beach and we were done with the dinner, I was eating the churros, licking the bottom of the bowl and he was like I have something else I would like to say, and he said some beautiful things, and then he got down on one knee, and he said would you be my wife and I said yes…I was totally shocked.”
She went on to share that they had yet to share the happy news with their daughters. “How are we going to explain, your parents are going to get married,” Kotb joked Monday. “We’re still trying to figure out that part of how exactly to explain that to them.”
37. Clayton Snyder and Allegra Edwards
It’s true, Lizzie McGuire fans: Ethan Craft is officially off the market. Clayton Snyder, best known for his role on the Disney Channel series, got engaged to girlfriend Allegra Edwards on Thanksgiving. “Dear Allegra. Some things never change,” he wrote on Instagram. “Except, a lot changed, and then it got very similar, but very different, but better, and now, your finger’s a bit heavier. And not just because of all the pecan pie. What a Thanksgiving. I love your laugh. I love your heart. I love your family. I love you. Looking forward to wifing you.”
38. Emma Stone and Dave McCary
It was one of the most anticipated celebrity engagements of 2019. On December 4, Saturday Night Live segment director Dave McCary confirmed his engagement to Emma Stone with a selfie showing off her ring (which appears to be a rose gold piece with a vintage setting). Engagement rumors swirled in May after Stone was spotted wearing a bauble on her left finger, and it’s unclear when the proposal took place. The duo first met when Stone hosted SNL in 2016, and they made their first public appearance in early 2019.