The Most Inspirational Marriage Proposals

Here at how they asked, we read through countless proposal stories every week, and we truly find every single one of them romantic, adorable, and beautifully unique. Some of the most jaw-dropping ones, however, are from couples that have overcome some of life’s toughest obstacles together. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to share their stories with the world. Below, find some of the most inspirational stories we’ve read so far.

Cody and Ashleigh

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Shortly after this beautiful couple met, Cody’s family was struck with tragedy. Ashleigh was there to comfort him through the loss of both his parents, and for their proposal, he recreated the first date, when he told his parents he knew she was the one.

Read the full story here: Romantic Rooftop Proposal

Brittany and Ben

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At 26 years old, and 9 months into their relationship, Brittany was diagnosed with breast cancer. Ben said he already knew he wanted to marry her, but with surgery scheduled in just two weeks, the time felt right. During what was supposed to be a pre-surgery party, he got down on one knee to propose.

Full story (and video): Breast Cancer Proposal

Bonnie Kate and Max

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This video will have you completely in tears. Max’s absolute dedication to the woman he loved, even when she showed no signs of returning the sentiment, even through months of no communication when Bonnie Kate was deathly ill in Haiti, and even more so after her injury in the Dark Knight theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Their story is almost too beautiful for words.

Story and video : Movie Trailer Proposal

Krista and James

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There’s something so moving about love found through tragedy. James was waiting at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013 when the bombing occurred. During recovery, he fell in love with Krista, his rehabilitation nurse. “I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy,” James said. “It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.”

Story: New York Daily News

Sarah and Samuel

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Friends since middle school, this couple survived the 1999 Columbine High School shootings together. They fell apart after high school, but reunited and fell in love just a few years later. They shared a love for the Dave Matthews Band, and Samuel proposed to her at one of their concerts.

Story: Columbine Survivors’ Proposal Story

Lauren and Justin

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Soon after the beginning of their relationship, Justin was in an accident that put him in a coma, and when he woke up, he was paralyzed. He stayed strong through his recovery and therapy, and Lauren was always there for him. It became clear the two were meant to be together forever. On their second anniversary, a little over a year after the accident, Justin walked to Lauren, got down on one knee, and asked for her hand in marriage.

Story: Paraplegic Learns to Walk for Marriage Proposal

Fred Evans, Gracie, and Kate

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This heart-breaking story of a dying father and his wish for his daughters will have everyone in tears. Evans was diagnosed with cancer after receiving a double-lung transplant, but he could not withstand chemotherapy treatments. With just months to live, this father wanted to walk his two unmarried daughters down the aisle and renew vows with his wife before crossing the rainbow bridge.

Full story here: Dad Dying of Cancer Walks Unmarried Daughters Down the Aisle

Marcus and becky

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When Becky’s sister passed away, she started to see her sister’s birthdate pop up everywhere – on the clock, documents at work, even her total at the drive-thru. When Marcus proposed to Becky they couldn’t help but notice the time stamp on their proposal photos read 7:13, her sister’s birthday! It was just what Becky needed to know her sister was smiling down on their engagement.

Story: Her Sister Passed Away, But Was Still There for the Proposal

Lucas and Tamara

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After being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right before Valentine’s Day earlier in the year, Tamara went through several treatments of chemotherapy. On the 6th and final treatment Lucas swept his high school sweetheart off her feet with this heartwarming proposal.

Story: His Proposal on the Last Day of Her Chemotherapy is Everything and More

Spencer and Melea

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Melea and her dad were best friends so when he was told he only had a short time to live, she wanted nothing more than for him to see her get engaged before he passed. Spencer had been nothing but an angel to her and her father, but she never expected him to make her dream proposal come true at Disneyland. Melea was so happy that her father was there to witness it all the day before he passed away.

Story: He Proposed to Her the Day Before Her Dad Passed Away


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