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.

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249 comments on “She Said…”

  1. Hi! I am Melissa’s Grade 6 student. HI Mrs. Gardos…..

  2. Romantic and Sweet. Like Really Sweet! lol.

  3. this made me cry!! nice to read about something so selfless and sweet for a change ,,

  4. That is so sweet! I hope I get proposed to like that.

  5. what is the name of the song in the video?

  6. This post has me in tears. How awesome you were able to take part in the proposal. So very cool!

    Congrats Mel & Rich…… :)

  7. ?????

  8. talk about niagara falls!! I’m wiping my checks now! How sweet is that! Congrats to you both! May your life be just as sweet together! :)

  9. That is just too sweet!!! Congrats and good luck in your life together!

  10. How Sweeeet!!! Congrats to the adorable couple!

  11. the story and proposal had me crying like a baby. so beautiful.

  12. Congratulation…my wife ask me to check out this entry…and it was so lovely. Congrats Mel & Rich!

  13. oh, oops, I don’t know why there’s a question mark there. that was supposed to be a heart. lol.

    congrats! :)

  14. Yay! :D Congratulations Melissa and Rich! That is so sweet and romantic! What a cute loves story. ?

  15. He does so much for her. supports her in everything she wants to do. You can tell, it’s true love :)

  16. That is the sweetest way to propose ever! Love it. Yay, Bakerella, for helping with such a wonderful thing!

  17. wow, that made me cry way too much. Great proposal Rich!

  18. awww. what a sweet story. i arrived here looking for your peanut butter cookies, got distracted by this lovely story. congrats to mel and rich!

  19. I am at work reading this and almost cried! This was so sweet!

  20. oh my goodness, your site in AMAZING! And, it seriously cracks me up, you’re a funny gal. Thanks for all the amazing ideas! Great job!!

  21. I just love it how thoughtful he was. Makes me all teary-eyed :)
    Way to go Rich!

  22. OMG this is the sweetest thing ever! I sat here crying through the email he wrote to you. So sweet of you to help, too!

  23. omg, totally teared up. great update entry (sniffle). ps. u rock! ps2 congrats to the couple. that guy is a keeper. :D

  24. Wow. That’s a truly amazing story.
    I just started tearing up … more reasons why I shouldn’t read blogs at work!

  25. Oh god!! That is so freaking darling!

  26. That is the SWEETEST thing I have read in a long time! What an awesome man for thinking about Melissa’s passions. Congrats Melissa and Rich!

    I bet that was a serious warm fuzzy to get to help with!

  27. WOW..

    this give me hope…
    was soooo cool…
    and make me drop a few tears… ;)

    i really hope..
    that one day i will find someone like Rich. hehe

    pS: bakerella U rock!! :)

  28. That is so cute and clever! Good job and congrats to the couple!

  29. Wow, that restored my faith in guys, i guess there really are great ones out there. Congrats you two! and Awesome job Bakerella!

  30. What a great story and how fun that you got to help. Best Wishes to Melissa and Rich. It just warms the heart to hear these kind of stories.

  31. I love how it all came together! Totally unsuspicious at first, then there it was! So sweet of you to help them! How creative! Congrats to the happy couple!

  32. OMG that was sooo sweet! Definitely a great story on how Rich popped the question (very creative Rich & for thinking to email Bakerella). Wish the two of them the best! Congrats!

  33. Aww, that was so sweet!! Congrats to the love birds <3

  34. T.T

    ohgawd this almost made me cry

    incredibly sweet guy and a very luck girl! and insanely sweet of u to do this for them! :)

  35. So sweet! Heading over to check out her blog and Congratulate the happy couple!

    PS: I made your 14-layer cake for my dad’s 70th birthday this past weekend. It was a major hit! Thank you!

  36. Oh my word! The best propsal I’ve ever heard of. EVER! Congratulations Mel and Rich! Bakeralla you are the best to help with this and give them such a wonderful story for the rest of their lives!

  37. Dang it Bakerella, you got me crying at work again :) Such a sweet couple, I love the two pictures, just so cute! Thank you for posting her cooking blog too, curiosity always gets the best of me :) Have a great day & thank you for sharing this heart warming story, such a great thing to read about on a cold Monday morning!

  38. Way to help make it perfect, Bakerella!

  39. sheyla – I don’t know if it will work. What is plasticine? Haven’t heard of it before.

  40. Definitely romantic! What a lovely couple. Love the cupcake pops too! Too cute and very creative!! Kudos!

  41. How ´bout using plasticine instead of the styrofoam block? Would it work? Just thinking about our world a bit.
    LOVE your blog!!!

  42. Yay! What an awesome story. That Rich is a keeper and Melissa a lucky girl. And Bakerella their fairy godmother.

    Will you do be doing a wedding cake/groom’s cake? Can’t wait to see!

  43. That is sooo sweet :) And yes, they NEED to have the cake pops at their wedding!!!

  44. this made me cry it was so sweet. congratulations

  45. OMG, how romantically sweet! Best wishes to Rich and Mel!

  46. That was so sweet. He gets major brownie points for being so creative and really tailoring the proposal to her.

  47. How fabulous! Congratulations Mel and Rich!! :)

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