Here's something you might not know: Today is National Proposal Day! This lesser-known holiday is exactly what it sounds like — an otherwise-arbitrary date that's meant to prompt men to propose to their girlfriends. At least, that's why a man named John Michael O'Loughlin invented it decades ago — he got the idea after watching one of his cousins wait years for a proposal from her boyfriend before finally moving on. He picked March 20 as the official date because it's usually the first day of spring. In light of this fun day that's already full of brand-new engagements, we asked Stacy Tasman, founder of HowHeAsked.com (and an engaged woman herself!) to share some of her favorite proposals. Enjoy!
(Above) A Snowy Surprise
"Melissa and I met on a cruise in high school. For the entire seven days, Melissa and I hung out non-stop. I remember waking up early and staying up late in order to spend as much time with her as possible. I immediately fell in love with her personality. We would talk for hours, making jokes and laughing about the fact we had never met before. It felt as if we had been best friends for years. Before we knew it, the cruise was over and for the next eight years we found ways to make our long-distance relationship not just work, but thrive."
Photo: [Makayla Jade](http://makaylajade.photography/)
A Beacon of Love
"We reached the intersection of West Cedar St and Acorn St, where I recited a poem that I wrote for her. The surprise and happiness I saw in her eyes when I asked her to marry me is a moment I'll never forget..."
A Beachy Proposal in Alaska
"Turns out I was the very last to know about my upcoming engagement. I even called my grandfather in Wisconsin and he already knew I was about to get engaged..."
Photo: [Engaged on Maui](https://vimeo.com/120764826)
A Sweet Sunrise Surprise
"We were watching the sunrise on top of Maui's tallest volcano. As the sun was just starting to come over the horizon, Justin gave me his jacket and then pulled a little white box out of his pocket. I couldn't believe what was about to happen, but within a few seconds, he opened the box... and it was a ring pop. I used to say I wanted to be proposed to with a ring pop, but this morning I thought he was just messing with me, assuming I would be expecting him to propose. Naturally, I slapped him and called him a name. Then he switched to be between me and the sunrise and started talking about years and birthdays. He wasn't making sense to me, so I was correcting his grammar. Then he got down on one knee, which effectively shut me up, and he pulled out another box. When he asked me to marry him, I couldn't say anything. I just started crying. It felt like he couldn't have stood up and hugged me any slower. Eventually I said yes."
A Skyline Proposal in Dallas
"When I walked in, I saw my mom and Ryan's mom standing off to the side and immediately started freaking out realizing what was about to happen! A second later, Ryan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him with the beautiful Dallas skyline in the background, and the two most important women in our lives watching!"