March 20 is national proposal day, and what better way to celebrate than with a roundup of cute celebrity engagements?
Now, whether or not you decide to recognize proposal day as an actual holiday or just another creation of the Hallmark industrial complex is up to you. Yet at a time when our world seems constantly uncertain, proposals can be a heartwarming distraction from a darker reality… especially when the engagement is between two famous faces. C’mon, who doesn’t like to indulge in a little celebrity love story now and then?
So it got us thinking: What are some wonderful celebrity engagements to revisit right now? Below, some of our favorite stories, from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s intimate engagement over roast chicken to Russell Wilson and Ciara’s surprise Seychelles proposal trip.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian first met at the Cavalieri Hotel in Rome, after the Reddit co-founder sat down at a breakfast table near hers. Originally put off by his close proximity, one of Williams’s friends joked that there was a rat by his table—to which Ohanian replied that he was from Brooklyn, so he was used to rats.
18 months later, he was ready to propose in fantastical style. “I came home one day to find my bags already packed for me, and I had absolutely no idea where I was going until I got on the flight,” Serena told Vogue. “Alexis flew me out to Rome, back to the exact table where we’d met. We were both really nervous but also excited to take this huge step. It was such a beautiful moment.” Oh, and on the tabletop? A plastic rat.