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.

sunghee said...

You are so awesome! I normally don’t read blog (I only look at photos and ingredients), hehe, but I had to read the whole thing. You are so wonderful! No wonder you create beautiful things! Love you more!!!

October 22, 2009 10:05 AM
Deanna said...

Wow! I knew your cake pops where cool but who knew they could help people get engaged. Such a great story! <3

October 22, 2009 10:31 AM
Patti said...

I love the follow up post on the proposal! Fabulous! I love that it’s a Canadian couple too! ;)

I think they should hire you to make wedding cake pops for their wedding!!!

October 22, 2009 10:32 AM
Laura said...

omg I’m all teary eyed now (but in a good way : ). Congrats Mel and Rich!!!! : )

October 22, 2009 10:38 AM
Sarah said...

I love love love this story! It makes me smile so big! Great teamwork and adorable wedding cake pops!

October 22, 2009 10:39 AM
Joyce said...

What a guy! And Bakerella! What a special person you are for helping him out! Now I have to go and get a Kleenex – sniff, sniff……

October 22, 2009 10:47 AM
Julaine said...

That is about the sweetest thing I have ever read!!! I have goosebumps!

Best wishes to Melissa & Rich! Many Many years of happiness!

October 22, 2009 10:53 AM
Jen said...

O.k. i’m crying at work. How sweet ! Congrats to the lucky couple!

October 22, 2009 11:22 AM
Liz said...

What a guy!! Congrats to them!

October 22, 2009 11:23 AM
Kaisla said...

I’m so sorry if my english is terrible. I’m huge fan of you (15-year-old girl) from Finland. I love everything what you do because they (?) are so different and new things in Finland! I have tried to do pops from cookies and I have done Snickerdoodle Duos. Delicious! (?) Thank you! I love you and your ideas! :D

October 22, 2009 11:23 AM
Kaisla said...

*I’m huge fan of yours – that’s it. No, I’m huge fan of you, isnt it?

October 22, 2009 11:24 AM
Kimmie said...

Yay! That was so lovely!! :D

October 22, 2009 11:29 AM
Kellie said...

Congrats to both of you! What a lovely couple. I teared up more as the story went on. Any man that knows exactly what gifts to buy knowing his woman and takes the effort to propose knowing her is a great man. Your a lucky woman Melissa and a definite keeper Rich. My BF and I are approaching our 6yrs and I can only hope he is creative too. Best wishes to both of you.

October 22, 2009 11:37 AM
Cassie said...

That is such a great thing that you did for them! I am so teary eyed right now, what a beautiful proposal and what a fantastic guy to do that for his girlfriend (FIANCE!!!) who loves your blog and baking!

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story.

October 22, 2009 11:38 AM
Amy said...

Awww … what a great, fun story! Romance and cake pops – it doesn’t get better than that!

October 22, 2009 11:40 AM
jennifer said...

This is so incredibly sweet! You are awesome for helping. It’s definitely a story they’ll be telling forever!

October 22, 2009 11:45 AM
Joy said...

You rock! I love your blog and especially this entry since it’s such an amazing story (I love the way you tell it). Congrats to Rich and Mel!

October 22, 2009 11:46 AM
melissa said...

Another Melissa here happy for Rich & Melissa! Any guy who gifts you with a stand mixer and a fancy new camera is a keeper for sure — my hubby has done the same (Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer and Canon T1i DSLR) and they are two of my favorite gifts. Many blessings to you for a lifetime of good health and happiness together!

October 22, 2009 11:51 AM
C Barrette said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE engagement stories!! My eyes are a little teary with happiness. The love and excitement that they share at that moment is so AWESOME! Congrats to you guys :)

October 22, 2009 12:02 PM
Sheena said...

Oh great… here i am at work CRYING again! How exciting and so so sweet! Congrats to them! What a sweet story.

October 22, 2009 12:02 PM
Rusti said...

Mel, you have a keeper – Congratulations and wish you & Rich much happiness.

Bakerella, hope you get to go to the wedding!

October 22, 2009 12:10 PM
shelly said...

That is just the cutest story! I love how as with most things in life, things didn’t follow exactly to plan, but that in the end he managed to get her on your site w/o arousing suspicion, and still manage to surprise her!

October 22, 2009 12:19 PM
Katie said...

Wow I have never teared up over cake before, Congratulations you two!!!

October 22, 2009 12:25 PM
Cindy @ Milktea + Polkadots said...

that is THE sweetest proposal! i love the photos you took of the wedding cake pops and the little signs. awww… congrats to them!

October 22, 2009 12:35 PM
Clare said...

I don’t think Mel and Rich are the only ones tearing up now!
It must have felt amazing to be a part of this (it’s lovely enough just being an innocent bystander). Congratulations to you all

October 22, 2009 12:43 PM
jennifer said...

that is just awesome!!! congrats to Rich and Melissa!!! what a memorable way to propose!!

October 22, 2009 12:47 PM
Katy said...

Wow, what a lucky gal!! You’re great for helping out, Bakerella!! I’m pretty sure I showed everyone I knew…even my boyfriend, to which I said “You can’t top that!!”

October 22, 2009 12:57 PM
Jennifer said...

That is too sweet! Brought tears to my eyes! It is little things like this that restores my faith in the inherent goodness of most people. Congrats Mel and Rich!!!

October 22, 2009 01:11 PM
Heather said...

I didn’t know you live in GA! Me too! I live in Decatur and work at Grady. What part are you in?

October 22, 2009 01:38 PM
Stephanie said...

That is one lucky lady! (And one lucky fellow it seems too!) What a great story to always have in your heart!

October 22, 2009 01:49 PM
Heather said...

SO freakin AWESOME!!!! You rock Bakerella and that guy is the MAN!

October 22, 2009 01:52 PM
Jenny said...

Yay! Congrats! And, I’m going to try your wedding cake pops for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower!

October 22, 2009 02:09 PM
trina said...

This is the cutest post I have ever seen!! I just found your site today through
Now, I’m hooked.

October 22, 2009 02:11 PM
Sanna said...

Thank you for sharing the sweet background story. I have been curious about that, now I know. I´m sitting here with tears in my eyes, it´s so beautiful!

Congratulations to Melissa & Rich and to Bakerella for pulling this off (with Rich´s help of course)!

October 22, 2009 02:20 PM
Kerstin said...

Awww, what a sweet story and that was so nice of you to help out ! Isn’t it amazing what having a food blog can lead to? :)Congrats to the happy couple!

October 22, 2009 02:21 PM
Colleen said...

YIPPEE!!! Bakerella aka CUPID :) :)

October 22, 2009 03:07 PM
Paula Jennings said...

WOW! That is so great!!

October 22, 2009 03:23 PM
Rhonwyn said...

Bakerella (and Rich and Melissa),

Sitting all the way away in New Zealand, studying for my last set of uni exams ever, you guys have made my week!

Wonderful blog, with a wonderful story!

October 22, 2009 03:46 PM
Joy said...

Lovely story!

October 22, 2009 03:54 PM
Jessica F. said...

I’m getting all teary eyed now! Congrats and that’s is fabulous!!!

October 22, 2009 03:55 PM
LauraEmm said...

Ok, so I didn’t cry when I read the proposal post, but this one did me in! What a lovely couple… Congratulations & God bless you. :) …Now going to check out Melissa’s blog!

October 22, 2009 04:44 PM
Kat said...

That is so sweet! When I first saw the proposal I assumed you knew Melissa and Rich but to find out they were complete strangers makes it even sweeter. What a great idea by Rich and you are so lovely for going to all that effort to help them.

October 22, 2009 04:45 PM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

crying… :)

October 22, 2009 05:39 PM
Alexis said...

Wow I teary eyed. What a sweet guy.

October 22, 2009 06:21 PM
Veronica said...

What a wonderful thing to do! By both you and her fiance!
You are right, the internet opens up to wonderful opportunities of sharing with one another by expanding our contacts with friends & families. What a wonderful post. Probably one of my most favorites so far. Congrats to Mel & Ritch. I hope you continue to love and appreciate one another.

October 22, 2009 06:33 PM
Kim said...

Bakerella, thanks for the background story! I thought the original post was pretty sweet, but hearing the story behind it was even better! I hope the boys are taking note (especially my guy of 4 years!!!) ;>

October 22, 2009 06:53 PM
mayberryetta said...

omigosh! You’re in GA? Can I come by to visit?

October 22, 2009 07:22 PM
Van said...

What a great story! Congrats to you both!

They both sound like amazing people and I am so glad that she was not one of those women who was with a guy for a couple of years and HAD to get married (gave him an ultimatum(sp?)). They are gonna be so happy! Congrats again!

This is the best proposal story I have ever read!!

October 22, 2009 07:25 PM
Deborah said...

What a wonderful story. Lovely and creative. What a great couple! Thank you for helping them out… LOVE your blog and look forward to it always!

October 22, 2009 08:31 PM
Monica said...

well, it turns out the world is great after all!

October 22, 2009 08:35 PM
Jen P. said...

Thanks for the update! I’ve been checking in since seeing the proposal. Such a cute couple! I wish you many years of happiness together!

October 22, 2009 08:46 PM
lily said...

LOVE it!

October 22, 2009 09:40 PM
Kirsten heal said...

Congrats. If ever two people “got” each other!

October 22, 2009 09:50 PM
Erin Brooks said...

Oh my gosh this is the sweetest most romantic thing! I’m gonna cry! I wish you two the best of luck Rich and Mel!

Bakerella you are such a kind person to do this for them!

October 22, 2009 09:52 PM
Sarah said...

So cute! Gets me all mushy!

October 22, 2009 10:26 PM
Kelly said...

YEAH!! I was wondering if that was for real and if so what happened!! Congrats!!

October 22, 2009 10:31 PM
Amy said...

You’re in Georgia??? Have you always lived in GA and I never realized it? I’m in west GA, and I think we should be friends – that way you can make me some cake pops, wouldn’t that be fun? Love you and your blog.

October 22, 2009 11:11 PM
Brooke said...

That really is a happy ending!! Congrats again Mel and Rich!! And Rich, you need to keep those awesome gifts coming.

October 22, 2009 11:14 PM
deb said...

My late husband proposed to me over 30 years ago by putting the ring in the cookie jar he surprised me with. Guys that “get” how happy baking makes us are real keepers. Anyone can throw an appreciative grunt in your direction after gobbling down the latest warm baked goods. The true sweethearts encourage the creativity and even supply some good ideas of their own. Congratulations Rich and Melissa. Keep up the fabulous baking, Ms. Bakerella! I look forward to finding out what you’ve been busy creating. Your hard work makes us all look good!

October 23, 2009 02:48 AM
Nori said...

That made me cry! I’m so happy for those two… what a precious couple!! Now I’m heading over to her blog! :)

October 23, 2009 03:23 AM
Megan said...

Aww Bakerella you are awesome! So cute. I even teared up reading the previous post! :)

October 23, 2009 03:30 AM
aussiemarina said...

congrats to the happy couple……….and what an awesome idea………BAKERELLA you are the best !

October 23, 2009 06:17 AM
Andrea said...

How wonderful! I was teary reading the post thinking about this thoughtful and original proposal. I love how he really incorporated her interests to make it a memorable proposal for themselves and the rest of us!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Good job Bakerella!

October 23, 2009 08:13 AM
Mary Margeson said...

A wonderful story, a wonderful couple, and a wonderful you for working so hard to help them out.
I wish them (and YOU!) many, many years of the sweetest, loveliest, and the most delicious blessings!

October 23, 2009 09:26 AM
Donna said...

Awww. That is the sweetest thing ever! And he is too stinkin’ cute. It looks like she got a good one- and they are few and far between!

I bet she’s a great catch too. They are adorable.

Wishing Rich and Melissa many, many years of happiness.

October 23, 2009 09:26 AM
HANNAH said...

this is so awesome. i want you to be my partner in crime for something like this, but i have no event/issue or whatever coming up… :(
but big ups to you, and to rich. so thoughtful of him to create this plan and take a shot in the dark with a busy stranger such as yourself.
wish them both the best! :)

October 23, 2009 10:05 AM
BeachMama said...

How sweet! Congratulations to Mel & Rich!

October 23, 2009 10:46 AM
Abbey said...

You must be the nicest, sweetest woman writing a blog anywhere. I read your blog regularly and I’m continually amazed at your endless creativity and generosity. You’re a sweet inspiration to us all!

October 23, 2009 10:47 AM
Zahra said...

This is so sweet. I think Rich may have set some pretty high standards for marriage proposals among your readers. My hubby is really glad we’re already married and well past the proposal stage right about now. :)

October 23, 2009 11:16 AM
Laurel said...

I got chills reading this. Congratulations Melissa and Rich!

October 23, 2009 12:06 PM
Katie said...

This entry gives me the chills every time I read it… wonder if Rich has a creative/sweet brother just like him??? ;) Best Wishes!

October 23, 2009 12:43 PM
Cortni Shelton said...

OMG! You’re in GA?! Where in GA?!

October 23, 2009 12:50 PM
Kelly said...

This brought tears to my eyes and I remembered the night my husband of 6 1/2 years proposed to me. I still get all giddy thinking back. Congratulations to the two and have a truly happy life together.

October 23, 2009 01:11 PM
Infinity said...

OMG!!! That was totally amazing! I told my boyfriend and he was even like WoW! Congrats you two!

October 23, 2009 01:21 PM
Jessica Lee Binder said...

This is awesome in every way. You are awesome. Rich is awesome! It’s amazing how happy you can be about people you don’t know.

October 23, 2009 01:43 PM
eadaoin said...

this is the best proposal story i’ve seen in a long time :D i read the proposal post and was so excited to find out what happened, i’m so glad it was a ‘yes’!!!

congratulations to melissa and rich, it’s such a wonderful beginning to the fantastic process of getting married, i wish you all the best and i hope you’ll be so happy together.

October 23, 2009 03:26 PM
kathleen said...

the internet can sometimes be such a mean place. thanks for brightening it for so many people.

October 23, 2009 03:27 PM
Seanna Lea said...

That is a wonderfully sweet story. I had to send it to one of my friends who really appreciates a good romantic story!

October 23, 2009 04:10 PM
Jocelyn said...

How very cool is that!

October 23, 2009 04:52 PM
Wizzythestick said...

Oh my – this is just the sweetest story and imagine you going through all the trouble to help a perfect stranger. That’s just so kind. Kudos to you.

October 23, 2009 05:00 PM
Kimberly Reisinger said...

Okay, after 11 years of marriage and 4 kids, that is hands down the best proposal story I have ever heard. If I didn’t love it so much, I’d would have said, “bleah” instead. So creative, so sweet. Congratulations and many blessings to the happy couple!

October 23, 2009 05:04 PM
Steph said...

This is definitely the top blog post of all time!!!! So sweet it made me teary eyed and happy & I don’t even know the couple:)

October 23, 2009 06:20 PM
Millie said...

Congratulations to you and Mel and Rich!!!

October 23, 2009 06:49 PM
Shannon L said...

Aww what a sweet boyfriend and now fiance. Congrats to the couple. so cute.

October 23, 2009 07:50 PM
Coral said...

just too sweet!!! You are a wonderful person for doing this for a complete stranger!! I’m jealous!!! =)

October 23, 2009 08:43 PM
luxirare said...

This is the sweetest thing … EVER!
The cake pops are the cutest cleverest idea…and the fact that it was made for this dude who wants to ask his girlfriend to marry him…

Who needs dessert magazines? We’ve all got bakerella!

October 23, 2009 11:08 PM
April Marie Claire "Girl Japan" said...

Cute couple….. What a fab, fab way to dish up a proposal.. Congrats.

October 24, 2009 01:14 AM
Amanda79 said...

That is the sweetest thing ever, talk about a man who pays attention and you are so sweet for doing this for them :)

October 24, 2009 02:41 AM
Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

Congratulations, Rich and Melissa! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!

October 24, 2009 02:50 AM
*~kAy~* said...

Such a sweet way to propose! <3
Congratulations to the cute couple! <3

October 24, 2009 03:44 AM
Lisa said...

tearing:) Thats awesome. Thanks for sharing the details!

October 24, 2009 04:16 AM
Heather P. said...

This is the best post EVER!!! I’M crying buckets and I don’t even know these folks! :)

October 24, 2009 07:34 AM
Gen said...

TIME!! I love Love stories like this! What a sweet special couple!

October 24, 2009 10:05 AM
Bunny said...

Oh what a wonderful story and it brought tears to my eyes reading it. What fun and I love the shirts you sent them. So nice to read wonderful kind things here. Hugs

October 24, 2009 02:00 PM
Hilary said...


October 24, 2009 02:30 PM
Hilary said...

So anyways!!!
OMG!! This girl was my counsellor at camp when I was like 12 and she lives in the same area as me!!!
Wow what a small world.
Congrats Miss Melissa!!!!

October 24, 2009 02:31 PM
brigette said...

thanks so much for sharing the follow-up too.

how fun.

beats the heck out of my husband proposing while sitting in the front set of his truck in the parking lot to my apartment building!

not that i’m still holding a grudge after 20 years or anything!


October 24, 2009 05:29 PM
Karen said...

I LOVE this story! What a thoughtful guy! I cried when I got to the story of her turning around and he was there with the ring…
AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

October 24, 2009 06:21 PM
becky s said...

What a sweet person you are to help this lovely couple!

October 24, 2009 06:51 PM
Sisi said...

bakerella, i thought you were awesome before, and now i think you are even more awesome. you are so so sweet to help rich propose. i could barely believe my eyes when i saw the proposal!

October 24, 2009 07:09 PM
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