Wednesday, October 21, 2009

She Said…


And I’m so glad. That could have really been embarrassing.

So here’s a little background on how this wedding proposal came to be.

Several weeks ago I received an email from a guy named Rich. He really got my attention…

1. he was a guy and I don’t get too many e-mails from boys
2. the subject line screamed read me… literally… just like this …
Hello – PLEASE LOOK HERE :) (Friendly and intriguing at the same time.)
Now, I eventually get around to reading all of my emails, but I did have to move this one to the top and read it right away.

The email went something like this…

Hi Bakerella,

I hope all is well with you. I must be honest, the only reason why I know of you is because my girlfriend is such an avid fan of yours! Every Monday she shows me your latest creation. Feeling inspired, she proceeds to either replicate one of your creations or put her own twist on it. I of course benefit from the delicious goodies

Anyhow, my girlfriend’s name is Melissa and she’s began her own blog recently and has been enjoying it immensely. I bought her a fancy camera to document her process as well so it’s been a great experience for her. She spends countless hours in the kitchen baking and then on the computer updating the blog.

Melissa and I have been together for almost 6 years now and I would like to take the next step and propose to her! As a guy, we must think of that genius way of how exactly to pop the question. Well, I had a thought and this is really just a thought but was wondering how open you were in assisting me with that process?

This is a complete shot in the dark and just one of my ideas but I thought she’d really enjoy it. Once again, no obligation and please do not feel compelled to assist…after all I am a complete stranger!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!


Needless to say, I was excited at the chance to help.

I think he had me at “fancy camera.” That’s my kind of gift. Then after talking to him more, I found out he also bought her a brand new stand mixer for her hobby. So sweet.

We discussed a few ways to propose through the site and settled on an idea, which I then changed at the last minute when I decided on cake pops. (Rich… hope that didn’t make you more nervous.) The post had to be orchestrated in a way so that Rich would be with Melissa when it went live. Hoping that Mel (I feel I can call her that now since I did help propose.) would casually look on the computer on her own without any prompting.

If only Rich were so lucky. It turns out Sunday night would test his already nervous nerves.

  • Mel is a teacher and usually bakes on Sunday. But not on this Sunday. She was grading papers. And nowhere near the computer.
  • On top of that, she had made group dinner plans with Rich’s aunt & uncle without Rich knowing. Again nowhere near the computer.
  • When they returned from dinner, Rich had a backup plan ready. He bought her the Martha Stewart Cookies Book after seeing it on last week’s giveaway post and had it ready to give to her, hoping the baking book would prompt her to go the computer.
  • But no. Mel just showed Rich all the yummy pages from the book and went back to grading papers.
  • So out of desperation… Rich goes, “Doesn’t Bakerella post something new on Sunday nights?”
  • Mel: “No, I think it’s Monday morning.”
  • Rich: “Are you sure? I think it’s Sunday night. You should go check.” (Definitely not suspicious.)
  • For the record, it is usually Sunday night, but Mel doesn’t get an alert until Monday.
  • So they both went to the computer. Together. (Again, not suspicious in any way.)
  • Mel clicked on the wrong site at first because Rich was making her nervous. (If she only knew how nervous Rich was right then.)
  • Then she read the post still unaware of what was about to happen. When she got to the proposal, she said she was like Niagra Falls. And when she turned around, Rich, also teary-eyed was waiting on one knee to make it official.
  • Afterwards, Mel asked Rich, “Is this just for me or can everyone see it?” (I think that’s just sweet.)


Mel and Rich, I wish you both all the best. This was so much fun to be a part of. The internet is amazing. Here I am sitting at my computer in Georgia and helping carry out a marriage proposal in Canada. Everyday is a virtual adventure. Thank you.

And, I just want to finish by thanking everyone who commented over the last few days. I get to read your sweet messages all the time. But this time it was even more meaningful, because you made two other people feel extremely special. They were overwhelmed by all the kind words and warm wishes. Thank you for that… and for being such fantastic readers… no… friends.

P.S. Here’s Melissa’s baking blog if you still want to congratulate the happy couple.

Carleen said...

Seriously adorable. I hope my guy comes up with something this creative! ;)

October 21, 2009 09:49 PM
Karen said...

So cute….and you were the perfect conduit! Wishing them a lifetime of happiness….and CAKE!

October 21, 2009 09:52 PM
Jill R said...

So glad she said yes! What a cute couple they are! Congratulations. :)

October 21, 2009 09:53 PM
Katie said...

I love it!! This is such a great proposal story that they can share for many years!! Congratulations

October 21, 2009 09:54 PM
Cindi said...

This was such a sweet and special proposal! The wedding pops were fabulous and what a thoughtful guy! Congratulations to the happy couple!

October 21, 2009 09:54 PM
Ninotchka said...

They’re a beautiful couple. I wish them many years of happiness. Cheers all around!

October 21, 2009 09:54 PM
Amy said...

This brought happy tears to my eyes!!!! I love… love! :-)

PS – Do you have a cookbook? I would love to get one for my sister for Christmas.

October 21, 2009 09:55 PM
Beth G @SweetLifeKitchen said...

That is AWESOME!! Congratulations to both of them and best wishes for a happy, healthy marriage filled with laughter and baked goods~ ;o)

October 21, 2009 09:56 PM
Jessica said...

That’s awesome!

October 21, 2009 09:57 PM
Tina said...

awwwwwwwww what a wonderful story!!!

Congrats Melissa and Rich.

I love how inventive he was.

WTG Angie for helping in the process. That must be a great feeling!

October 21, 2009 09:57 PM
Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy said...

Such a sweet story. Congratulations!

October 21, 2009 09:57 PM
Julie said...

WOW! That’s so cool. A story they will be telling for a LOOOOOOONG time!!!!

October 21, 2009 09:58 PM
Nikki_in_CA said...

That was so sweet!!!!

October 21, 2009 09:58 PM
Norma said...

What is the address for Melissa’s blog. It would be neat to see it.

October 21, 2009 09:58 PM
sabriena said...

That’s so made me cry. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones…

October 21, 2009 09:58 PM
Danielle said...

That is sooooo sweet! I about cried!

Way to go matchmaker!

October 21, 2009 09:59 PM
Connie k said...

This brought tears of joy to me !! congrats to you both !! and much happiness :)

October 21, 2009 09:59 PM
karyn said...

where’s the like(love) button on this site!!!

October 21, 2009 09:59 PM
alisaspear said...

I agree with Amy- teary sweetness.

October 21, 2009 09:59 PM
Fairly Odd Mother said...

I love LOVE!!!! What a great story. You are awesome to have made this happen.

October 21, 2009 09:59 PM
Cassie said...

This brings tears to my eyes!
Congrats to Mel and Rich.
and thank you Bakerella for making us feel like a part of some special secret while we waited to hear the answer..
You are one Amazing lady

October 21, 2009 10:00 PM
lovelyloey said...

Awwww, congrats Mel and Rich!
When I was reading the proposal post I was like !!! How sweet!!!

October 21, 2009 10:00 PM
Kate B. said...

This is so incredible!! What a wonderful memory for everyone who read it and especially for Rich and Melissa!

October 21, 2009 10:00 PM
Paula said...

Well, well, here in Brazil we’d call you a “casamenteira”, and a really good one! I’d love to visit the bride’s blog and congratulate the sweet couple!
This was brilliant, Bakerella.

October 21, 2009 10:03 PM
Naomi said...

this is the most adotable thing ever!!! :) :)
How sweeter can you be??

I’ve actually been looking to use one of your immages for our 1st anniversary coming up… oooh so soon! November 1st!

Thank you for your brilliant talent and great, great, GREAT creativity! love N:)

October 21, 2009 10:04 PM
bakerella said...

Hey guys. The link to Melissa’s Blog is at the bottom of the post.

October 21, 2009 10:05 PM
Debbie said...

AwWWW! That was seriously way creative, Rich and bakerella! Way to make the proposal super special. Great story!

October 21, 2009 10:13 PM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Ahhhhh how exciting!!!!!!!

October 21, 2009 10:14 PM
Deb said...

This is the sweetest thing! They MUST have cake pops at their wedding! :o)

October 21, 2009 10:17 PM
Cheryl O said...

Can I put you on retainer? When I get a boyfriend I’m sending him the link to this post! HA!

October 21, 2009 10:19 PM
Laura said...

I can’t believe how sweet this whole story is. I’m sitting here crying over all of it. I’m so happy for Melissa and Rich. Thank you for sharing all of this!!!!

October 21, 2009 10:19 PM
Jadey said...

Congrats to the happy couple. And to you also Bakerella. How very special to be involved in such a thing. And your wedding cake pops rock :)

October 21, 2009 10:19 PM
Kori said...

Rich, you are the man! Using a baking blog to propose! I love it. Congrats to you two.

October 21, 2009 10:22 PM
Mary Poppins in Heels said...

This is beautiful and so romantic. I love it!

October 21, 2009 10:24 PM
Lisa Gomes said...

You rock I have said it before and I will say it again!

October 21, 2009 10:36 PM
--Deb said...

Aww, so SWEET!!

October 21, 2009 10:41 PM
Margot said...

Awww, I love this back story. Isn’t it funny all the little blips that find their way into proposal stories? :)

October 21, 2009 10:43 PM
liz said...

this is just about the cutest and most wonderful thing i’ve read. thanks for giving me a happy cap to the day.

October 21, 2009 10:47 PM
Melissa said...

Yes, I got excited because my name is Melissa and I thought God finally answered my prayers and he brought a rich guy to marry me. Oh well…congrats Melissa and Rich.

October 21, 2009 10:48 PM
AmyAnne said...

OMG. YOU rock sister! We are merely the icing on your cake ;-)

And Mel better hang onto this Rich guy – a stand mixer AND a fancy camera. Oh yeah, he’s a keeper.

October 21, 2009 10:49 PM
Magda Gardner said...

This is just the cutiest proposal. I love it.,
Cogratulations Melissa

October 21, 2009 11:02 PM
Bianca said...

I’m in tears (happy tears). I love a good proposal! Congratulations. What a guy, hey?

October 21, 2009 11:04 PM
Jenelle said...

I almost cried reading this, and I’m not a mushy sorta girl! Hope the happy couple has many years together – way to go Bakerella for making such a sweet (heh) and memorable proposal!

October 21, 2009 11:06 PM
Tammy Simpson said...

WOW!! what a way to remember your proposal!! And so very thoughtful!! Congrats to Melissa and Rich… *sitting here wiping tears!!**

October 21, 2009 11:12 PM
Sue said...

Bakerella, You are the kindest “down to earth” person in baking blogland! It was SO nice of you to put forth the effort and make this all happen! Sweet story, and kudos to you! You’re the best:)

October 21, 2009 11:24 PM
Samara Link said...

So, I’m sitting here … reading this … and I start crying! Over a blog post. But it’s not just a blog post, it’s a love story that you had a little hand in. And it’s so sweet, (pun intended). Way cool! Thanks for sharing the back story with us. :)

October 21, 2009 11:30 PM
Married to an Aussie in OK said...

Look at that smile! They are adorable, and what a great guy!

October 21, 2009 11:31 PM
Lori Falce said...

What an incredible story. I’m all teary.

October 22, 2009 12:13 AM
Barkley's Mommy said...

Okay. I was a bit sentimental at the first post. I honestly shed a tear after reading the whole story! How amazing is it that you had a hand in this truly romantic life story???

Blessings to the happy couple, and to you, Bakerella.


October 22, 2009 12:16 AM
Fer said...

looooooooooooooved this post, it was great that you did this for them!! and best wishes to the happy couple! AMOR

October 22, 2009 12:37 AM
Michelle W. said...

Ok, that is the sweetest thing ever!!! I’ve been away from my computer…darn lightning knocked everything out. I love a cute story like that!!

October 22, 2009 12:42 AM
Kendall said...

Ahhhh I’m gonna cry!!!

October 22, 2009 12:42 AM
The Redhead Riter said...

I know you don’t get involved in all the hoopla, but you were recognized on my blog today

October 22, 2009 12:50 AM
Kristen said...

That’s SO awesome!!!!!
Congrats to Melissa and Rich – WONDERFUL!! …such a sweet (no pun intended…LOL) way to propose.
Happy Wishes for a lovely life together!

Bakerella you are awesome. I have followed you for a while planning to make something as delightful as you….but have not yet. It’s my baby (she’s turning 2) birthday this weekend – I’m going to attempt to make something cute.

THANKS for your inspiration!! =)
happy baking…..

October 22, 2009 01:05 AM
Pearlescent said...

Wow!! That’s really kind and sweet of you too to agree and help out strangers :) I initially thought Mel was your friend! It’s quite amazing that we were all waiting for Melissa’s answer, it’s as if we all knew Melissa and Rich :) It’s such a happy moment and thank you, Melissa, and Rich for sharing such a happy moment with all of us :)
Wish you many more days of happiness & wish Melissa and Rich a life filled with health an happiness!

October 22, 2009 01:12 AM
Laura Wynn said...

*squeals* That is probably the most amazing thing ever!!!
and then to see their pictures, totally made the whole thing real! aw, so great.

October 22, 2009 01:41 AM
Angilyn said...

Awww, that is the sweetest thing EVER. And so cool. I seriously can’t stop smiling for you guys. And Bakerella, you did a great job as always. : ) Congratulations Rich and Melissa!!

October 22, 2009 01:48 AM
Fallon said...

That is so cute!!

October 22, 2009 01:50 AM
katiebug said...

omg, this one got me all teary eyed too hahah. so sweet. PS melissa and rich, you two are so cute together.

way to give me hope :]

October 22, 2009 02:13 AM
Margie said...

Love what you did for Rich… so sweet of you!

link to

October 22, 2009 02:17 AM
hopefully mrstrotter said...

OMG!! if only 1) chivalry existed with all men and 2) all boys could be as creative as Rich, would we women really have anything to grumble about?
what a lovely pair. CONGRATS

October 22, 2009 02:18 AM
Margie said...

LOVE your blog, LOVE your pops, LOVE this post!
SO happy for them and so sweet of you to do that for them!
Thanks for sharing all the details!
link to

October 22, 2009 02:18 AM
sherynn said...

this is soooooooo sweet!! so sweet, it make me tear too ;-)
Bakerella, u r forever so wonderful!! …and all the best to Rich & Melissa =)

October 22, 2009 02:19 AM
GO TEAM RYAN said...

LOVE your blog, LOVE your pops, LOVE this post!
SO sweet of you to help Rich.
Totally cried happy tears

October 22, 2009 02:23 AM
jenn said...

what an awesome story. thanks bakerella! congrats rich and melissa!

October 22, 2009 03:15 AM
Maryam AL Awadhi said...

and i am cryin now….

thank is sooooooo sweet…..

October 22, 2009 03:16 AM
linda said...

tears streaming down my face…
bakerella, you are just the best…i have emailed
your “proposal” post to all my friends.
to melissa & rich…so cool…what a guy rich!
wishing you a lifetime of magical moments!

October 22, 2009 03:27 AM
morgana said...


Diamonds… your should be very afraid, cake pops are becoming the new girl best friends. ;-)

October 22, 2009 03:58 AM
Nicky ( said...

OK, so I’m also teary eyed … such softies!
I do hope they fly you to Canada to do wedding cake pops for the big day!

October 22, 2009 04:05 AM
Yvette Adams said...

I just loved reading all about the proposal. How AWESOME to be involved! I just love reading all your posts. Firstly your baking is DIVINE and secondly, you ALWAYS crack me up!!

October 22, 2009 05:21 AM
Meret said...

yay! congratulations, this is awesome…

October 22, 2009 05:23 AM
Michelle said...

Congratulations Melissa and Rich!! Just love this proposal, Mellisa you are a very lucky lady. So much thought went in to this. Very creative Rich. You both make such a cute couple, wishing you both a life full of happiness!! I will be following this story until the happy day.

October 22, 2009 05:33 AM
Amanda Formaro said...

Pretty amazing, the power of the internet! You were so sweet to help with the proposal, that must have been so fun for you!

October 22, 2009 07:08 AM
mrs.magoo said...

What an incredibly sweet thing for you to do for them, Bakerella! Congrats to them :)

October 22, 2009 07:13 AM
wendy said...

That’s so cool how you helped “pop” the question!

October 22, 2009 07:16 AM
Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

Bakerella you rock! I had no idea you didn’t know them until the proposal adventure. What a wonderful story. It’s wonderful to see all these bloggy friends come together. I’m so happy for Melissa and Rich!

October 22, 2009 07:32 AM
zestycook said...

That is awesome Bakerella!! I was so intrigued to read your post and being a guy who emailed you before….. you responded so quickly. I have a lot of respect for you. So fun that you helped out which seem to be a great couple take the next step.

October 22, 2009 07:38 AM
Marsha said...

What a wonderful way to propose! Congratulations, Melissa and Rich! All the best to you!

Bakerella, thank you for your wonderfuol blog, fabulous and creative ideas, and for being such a kind, lovely person!

BTW, I so appreciate how much easier it is now to post comments on this new site! :)

October 22, 2009 07:54 AM
Leslie said...

How cool is that? Glad she said yes, he’s clearly a catch! Great post, Bakerella!

October 22, 2009 07:55 AM
Joanna said...

I’m crying now, too! LOVE this story and you were so sweet to help, bakerella!

October 22, 2009 08:26 AM
Kim B said...

Bakerella you’re the sweetest! Sunday’s post was terrific and what a wonderful way to propose. I’m so glad she said yes! Melissa’s blog is wonderful, and funnily enough, I had already bookmarked it!! It’s a terrific blog and she makes some yummy stuff!

I look forward to your blog every week and you’ve made it even more special by the kind things that you do!!

October 22, 2009 08:28 AM
Raychel said...

What a sweet story. What a lucky girl Mel is. It’s funny, the proposal had no affect on me but this post had me sitting at the computer crying. I don’t know if it is pregnancy hormones or just that it is SO sweet.

Congrats to Rich and Mel. I hope they have a long, happy life together.

October 22, 2009 08:45 AM
Melissa said...

What an incredible proposal and I hope they have a long and happy marriage!! That is one romantic guy guy she’s got there!

October 22, 2009 08:47 AM
Annie said...

Sixteen years later, I can promise you that cake is not only good for the soul, it’s good for the marriage!

Best wishes to all!

October 22, 2009 08:53 AM
Tanya said...

What a great idea.

October 22, 2009 08:53 AM
steen said...

A big thank you to Bakerella for helping Rich out. That was incredibly awesome and I’m glad to see it all worked out! Congratulations to them both!!

October 22, 2009 09:07 AM
Courtney said...

That is the sweetest thing ever. What a great guy and a sweet couple. Best wishes! You are too cool, Bakerella!

October 22, 2009 09:16 AM
Morthoniel said...

This is sooooo awesome!!!

October 22, 2009 09:18 AM
Suzie said...

Most wonderful!!!!!

October 22, 2009 09:18 AM
Stoich91 said...

Since you need a Google ID to post on their site, here it is, for Melissa!: “If this ain’t the dardenst sweet thing he could’ve done for you! Forget the nice camera, mixing set, and cookies book…….Blog Publicity? Now, that’s priceless AND ingenious AND so romantic that you know we are all very glad that you said ‘yes’ because if you hadn’t, so help us, there would’ve been a few dissappointed hopeful romantics out there that live for this kind of adventure! Ha! :) JK LOL You ROCK! Yay! Hope this made that Canadian winter just that more warmer!”

October 22, 2009 09:22 AM
Tootall said...

Eeeee, so sweet!!! I’ve been waiting for an update since seeing the proposal :-D Yaaaay! They’re such a cute couple! :-)

October 22, 2009 09:23 AM
Chelsea said...

It’s times like this that I wish my husband would have had an opportunity to propose! We got married a little sooner than we wanted due to some life changes (no, I wasn’t pregnant :). It wasn’t that much sooner (only by 6 months). We had already been planning a wedding, but had to have the actual document. Sounds weird, but true. And though we are so much in love and so happy, I do think I missed out on the proposal part :(. I know he would have done something creative! Such a cute story to go with a cute couple!

October 22, 2009 09:25 AM
Tammie said...

Teary.Eyed. AGAIN.
So flipping sweet!!!!

October 22, 2009 09:32 AM
suzanne said...

YES YES YES! I just LOVE this story especially since it has a happy ending. Congratulations to the newly engaged couple. Bakerella you out did yourself on this one.
I can’t think of a greater way to propose then this! I would be soooo impressed if someone went to all this trouble for me, and made it extra personal by adding one of my interests into the process. Melissa, i think he’s a keeper. ;0)
This story warms my heart.

October 22, 2009 09:35 AM
Shannon said...

Wow! I just teared up! That is soo sweet!!

October 22, 2009 09:47 AM
Leyla said...

aww you are too sweet. congrats to melissa and rich.

October 22, 2009 09:48 AM
f.sarah said...

congrats to the beautiful couple, she is lucky to have such a sweet guy!

October 22, 2009 09:54 AM
Melissa Deming said...

oh thank you for the update!!!!!!!!!!!

October 22, 2009 09:55 AM
Christine said...

wow you’re soooo creative! and what a sweet idea for a proposal! best wishes for the couple!

October 22, 2009 10:04 AM
fresh365 said...

This is so adorable- I am siting here tearing up (again)! Congrats Mel & Rich!

October 22, 2009 10:05 AM
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