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GABRIELLE & DWYANE
Union missed all the "signs" that her Miami Heat beau was going to propose. First, he suggested she do her hair and makeup before going out with him to tour a construction site where they're building a new home. Then his two young sons and nephew held up homemade signs that said, "Will you marry us?" The actress didn't get it until she turned to Wade – and he was down on one knee, diamond ring in hand!
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SARA & LINDA
To pop the question to girlfriend Gilbert, musician Perry brought The Talk cohost on a picnic with a twist. "The people picnicking next to us pull out string instruments from under the blanket, walk over and they start playing 'Love Song,'" Gilbert said of The Cure track the couple decided would be "their song." During the serenade, Perry donned T-shirts that read "will," followed by "you," "marry," "me" and a question mark. "[It was] magical and amazing," Gilbert gushed.
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AVRIL & CHAD
A picture really was worth a thousand words (give or take a few) when Nickelback frontman Kroeger presented his lady love with a 14-carat diamond ring. As Lavigne told Ryan Seacrest, "I had been making this scrapbook of my time in the studio. I walk over and he had taken a photo of himself holding the ring box and put the Polaroid in my scrapbook. Because I had stickers everywhere he put in 'Will you marry me?' It was really romantic."
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MATTHEW & CAMILA
Good thing Camila is patient. On Christmas morning, Matthew McConaughey teased his wife by hiding an engagement ring in a box that was inside another box, which was inside yet another box – eight boxes in all! When she opened the last one and pulled out the ring, The Dallas Buyer’s Club star dropped to one knee and popped the question.
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JENNIFER & JUSTIN
Guaranteed, Aniston will never forget fiancé Justin Theroux's birthday. The actor-screenwriter surprised her during his own birthday dinner in August as the two sipped wine at a corner table at the upscale, understated Blue Hill restaurant in N.Y.C. "It was one of the sneakiest jobs I've ever seen," says the elated actress. "I had no idea."
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MARIAH & NICK
Theirs was double the fun! First, Nick Cannon proposed to Mariah Carey with a diamond ring disguised in a ring pop candy wrapper on a rooftop facing the Empire State Building, which was lit up in her favorite colors – pink and purple. He followed up two years later with an actual blinged-out ring pop of white diamonds and pink sapphires to celebrate their second anniversary.
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PINK & CAREY
It was a letter-perfect proposal for Pink and her motocross racer hubby Carey Hart. While he raced around a Mammoth Lakes, Calif., track, the three-time Grammy winner held up a sign that said, "Will You Marry Me?" Hart ignored the question and kept racing until Pink flipped over the sign, which read, "I'm Serious." He immediately dropped out of the race and said yes.
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JUSTIN & JESSICA
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GARTH & TRISHA
While 7,000 country music fans were watching the unveiling of a bronze statue of Garth Brooks on a Bakersfield, Calif., stage, the singer took off his cowboy hat and got down on one knee to ask fellow country artist Trisha Yearwood to marry him. Her answer: an immediate yes! "All I can say is that I am so happy," Yearwood said afterward. "What I'm feeling right now I would wish on anyone."
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ALEC & HILARIA
Alec Baldwin's now-wife Hilaria Thomas knew he was going to propose – "he's not great at keeping secrets from me," she says – but what she didn't know was where he'd do it. When the two drove from his Hamptons, New York, home to a lighthouse 12 miles away, the 30 Rock star told Thomas, "This is the closest I could get you to Spain," – a nod to the yoga instructor's Spanish heritage.
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GIULIANA & BILL
Giuliana DePandi thought she and then-beau Bill Rancic were just going on a helicopter tour of his native Chicago to see Christmas lights. While in flight, Rancic proposed, with Michael Bublé crooning on their headsets. The thoughtful Rancic had even stocked the aircraft with champagne and deep-dish pizza so they could celebrate. "I thought I was dreaming," said the E! news host. "It was the most amazing moment of my entire life."
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WILLIAM & KATE
During a trip to their beloved Africa, Prince William asked his duchess to marry him. Adding poignancy to the proposal: William gave his longtime love his mother Diana's iconic sapphire and diamond sparkler. "It was my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today," said William, "and the fact that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together."
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