A Proposal in Prague. Yes, WE’RE ENGAGED!

Gerard did the unthinkable and I cried like a big fat baby.

If you follow us on social media, you probably already know. Gerard did the unthinkable, got down on one knee (seriously!) and proposed to me on the Charles Bridge in Prague last week! It’s official..

WE’RE ENGAGED bitches!


Gerard and I met almost 10 years ago through a mutual friend at a club. Classy, I know. Trust me, neither of us planned on it, a serious relationship, I had just returned from a semester abroad and Gerard just came out of a crazy relationship. Fate had other plans I guess.

HIS story

For the longest time, Q has been telling me how much she wants to visit Prague, it’s one of the most romantic cities in Europe, she’d say, or so she’s heard from countless others. So when we decided to visit Europe for the winter, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to propose.

Even though we don’t talk about “it”, as cheesy as it sounds, I’ve always known Q was the one. I’ve been ready, just waiting for the perfect timing I guess. The moment I decided Prague would be the place, I knew how I’d do it too. Nothing fancy but I wanted to make sure we’d capture the moment so I scoured the internet to find a local photographer and came across Jan.

In short, the plan was to do some night photography on the Charles Bridge and I’d casually ask Jan, who would pose as a tourist, to take our picture. Then I’d get on my knee, say my speech, she’d replied yes (hopefully)! – my bullet proof plan. Or so I thought.

That night, dinner ran late causing us to run behind schedule. Not a good start at all. I was a ball of nerves, worried she’d notice the ring box bulging in my jacket pocket. She certainly noticed my sweaty palms during dinner, that’s for sure.

Once on the bridge, I spotted Jan almost immediately with his blue puffy jacket. I suggested we take a picture together and casually ask if Jan would do it. As planned, he took a few pictures, said the photos weren’t coming out clear and offered to take our pictures with his camera and email us later. This was us before the proposal. She had no idea..


Jan’s cue to me was asking us to try a romantic pose. After an awkward look to each other, I reached for Q’s hand, begin to slowly get down on one knee and.. Q started to cry hysterically before I could get a word out.

I had a speech prepared, but I got nervous and she was balling by now causing me to choke up too, so I mumbled something random basically telling her “I want to spend the rest of my life with you… Will you marry me?”

Still on my knees, a couple of tourists walked by screaming “Congratulations!”, but I yelled back… “She HASN’T said YES yet!”. Q followed with her own holler which was a big “YESSSS!” so everyone could hear loud and clear.


HER story

Where do I even begin? I should have known! Not really.. I mean, I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s not something we’ve ever discussed before, our “future plans”, even after 8 years of dating. And, since we’ve been traveling non-stop for nearly a year now, where in the world did he find time to plan this or get a ring for that matter?!

Looking back at the big day and the days leading up to it, I laugh because some things started to make sense – Gerard trippin’ that I planned a ghost tour the same night which he insisted we reschedule, the rushed dinner where he seemed uneasy with sweaty palms, and NOT ordering dessert after said dinner – that should have been a dead giveaway, he never skips dessert!

The photographer, Jan was a decoy hired by Gerard to capture the moment. Smart guy that boyfriend (ahem.. fiancé) of mine. Jan was posing as a tourist on the Charles Bridge – blue puffy jacket, Movember stash with DSL camera minding his own business. Gerard ask if he could take our picture, you know people with big fancy camera, they probably know a thing about taking a good photo.  Jan agreed and after two shots, said the pictures were not good but suggested he take it with his camera and email us the photos later.

I wanted to thank Jan and leave after a few shots. It was getting weird because he kept taking pictures and asking us to do “romantic poses”. But then Gerard grabbed my hand, mumbled something about how he loves me and it finally hit me.

I started to cry, uncontrollably, ugly face with tears streaming down my cheeks, I could barely make out what Gerard was saying. I remember hearing some tourists in the background yelling, Congratulations!, and all I could muster was a, Seriously?! Realizing that probably wasn’t the right answer, I screamed back a loud YES! to a kneeling Gerard.


I finally noticed Jan and remember saying, You!! I can’t believe you were in on this! Afterwards, Jan stuck around and he took a few extra pictures for us while we still had our goofy, giddy, smiley faces on. Here is a sneak peak at our engagement in Prague!



I truly am THE LUCKIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD! The last 8 years with Gerard has been an incredible adventure and 2012 was nothing short of spectacular – more than I could’ve ever hoped for. Our journey, however, is about to begin. And you know what.. I can’t wait.


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  • http://twitter.com/OneikaTraveller Oneika the Traveller

    Beautiful beautiful story!! Awww!!!

  • JulikaSarah

    This is such an amazing story! Prague really is one of the most romantic cities – what a perfect proposal! Congrats you two!

  • http://debbzie.blogspot.com/ DebbZie

    Oke so I’m crying now while reading this post. As if I’m the one who’s getting a proposal. LOL, silly me ! Congratz guys, I’ve been following your blog for quite long, I feel so happy for both of you :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      LOL. Aww, thanks for the congrats and the follow!

  • http://twitter.com/purplekat99 Becs

    Simple, sweet, romantic!! I love it! And now Prague will always hold a special place in your life!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin


  • http://twitter.com/SavorOakland Savor Oakland

    We likes a lot :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sonystyle02 Sony Nguyen

    i fcking love you guys ;]

  • Kelly

    This brought a tear to my eye!! I’m so happy for you guys! G, you are one slick guy!

  • Liz

    awww you guys can now get married in boring San Jose :) hahaha <3 Liz

  • http://www.heelsandwheelsonline.com/ Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Such a great love story! Congraulations you two!

  • http://www.facebook.com/walkingon Keryn Means

    so SO incredible. This is the engagement story every girl (well at least me) dreams about! Congrats you guys. But after a year of travel, where in the world do you do a honeymoon now? ;-)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha. Good thing the world is a big, big place. ;)

  • Nancy

    Awww i LOVE the his & hers stories. CONGRATS LOVE U GUYS!!!

  • http://www.quixoticroad.com/ Heather- Quixotic Road

    Awww…so cute! Those two pictures of you together at the end are gorgeous! And that was a brilliant plan by G with the ‘tourist’ photographer. Yay you guys!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’m so happy Jan took those shots – they’re my fave!

  • Ali

    Congrats!!! That’s such an awesome proposal :-) Andy & I met in person for the first time in Prague, so the city holds a special place in my heart too. Love the engagement photos!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You guys met in Prague? So cute.. beats meeting in a club like us. LOL

      • Ali

        Well, we met through Twitter, but our first in-person was in Prague :-)

  • lemun

    omg!!! congrats!!! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/hrudd Heather Rudd Palmer

    YES! Congrats to you two! What an awesome engagement story, and kudos to Gerard for capturing the experience :-)

  • http://www.dangerous-business.com/ Amanda Williams

    Awwww congrats you guys!! What a great story!

  • Susan Tran

    Love it… Congrats guys!

  • Madhu Nair

    Congratulations !!

  • http://expatedna.com/ Edna

    I love that last photo! And the photographer ploy and, well, just all of it. Congratulations again! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for a wedding!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      My wedding? You first! :D

  • http://twitter.com/OverYonderlust Erica&Shaun Kuschel


    LOVE LOVE LOVE! As a wedding photog I still don’t get tired of these!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Wedding photog, aye? Hrmm…. ;)

  • http://atlassliced.com Alexa Hart

    So cute! I almost teared up reading your story! Good luck planning the wedding :)

  • Hannah Margaret Allen

    This is beyond precious. This story is perfection. I pinned one of the photos too. They are too good not to!! xoxo CONGRATS!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You’re too sweet. Thanks for the pin and congrats!

  • Elaine B.

    Love Love it!! How romantic! Congrats Gerard and Q!!

  • dewtraveller

    AWWW! You two are the cutest! A big congrats to you both!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502661065 Thuy Nghiem

    AHHHHH! I love this! Congrats, you two!!!!!! Good job, Gerard!

  • Jason Cornillez

    Good Job G! Way to pull the trigger and put pressure on all the remaining guys who haven’t put it a ring on it! Safe travels back home!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Just play Beyonce’s song. That’s enough pressure. haha

  • MamaStef

    How lovely! I’m so happy for you both. Reading this made me tear cause knowing you both and how your usually not all mushy with each other, this is like a perfect love story…can’t wait to see the rest of your “Happily Ever After” unfold. Congrats to you both! X’s & O’s from me and my lil family back home.

    • MamaStef

      I meant *you’re

      • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

        I know what you meant.. Lol. We’re definitely not the mushy type so imagine how shocked I was when he got on one knee. Haha

  • http://twitter.com/mskuochie Jenny Kuoch

    awww Congrats!!! love the last engagement photo :)

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com/ Fidel

    Wow! That picture on the cobblestone street, beneath the lighted Autumn leaves: that is an amazing photograph!
    Congratulations again! It’s even more touching to read both of your stories on it. Gerard, great way to set it up man. Jan is the man for helping you with it and I love the idea of acting like he couldn’t get the right picture and switching to his camera. Perfectly planned fellas.

    I don’t try to act like I am super tough. On the real, I might have gulped at the end and held back a happy tear.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww thanks Fidel! Real men cry too you know. Hehe

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Healey/702530458 Heather Healey

    LOVE IT! Congratulations you two love birds!

  • Katherine | Kapcha The World

    Congrats – such a cute story.

  • Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Congratulations you two, great story! And oh good lord those photos are gorgeous!! I love hearing how nervous G was, very cute haha! Now, to plan the honeymoon …

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Looking forward to the honeymoon way more

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-James-Slater/686331944 Tony James Slater

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Wow, that is an amazing proposal. And incredible photos of it! I’ve walked that bridge and seen what a perfect place it is for noble and/or romantic thoughts and memories… Love the trick with the photographer too. I only wish I was that creative! I proposed in Australia – took a long walk with the missis, looking for the perfect location, and never found it! We were getting dangerously close to the end of the walk, so I ran out of options – and ended up popping the question atop a storm drain! And it just so happened to be crawling in big biting bull ants too, and the knee I went down on discovered shortly afterwards…

    So, now all you have to do is live up to this proposal with a wedding of epically romantic proportions!! I’m thinking, medieval Hungarian castle??

    All the best to you both, at any rate!



    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      LOL, that’s an awesome story.. bull ants and all! I ran the medieval Hungarian castle idea by G, he seems to be taking a liking to it. Haha

  • http://www.yomadic.com/ Nate Robert

    Beautiful. Congrats!

  • Erica

    Love this!!! :) congrats to you both!

  • http://twitter.com/bushbirdie Frankie Thompson

    Awesome story! Top marks to Gerard for the idea and planning – he’s set the bar high for all future travel blogging couple proposals!

  • http://www.artofbackpacking.com Michael

    Good call on the photographer! I made sure we had one too and it was best. Congratulations!! So happy for you guys!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yes, Steph and I are lucky to have such smart bfs.. I mean fiancé!

  • http://twitter.com/CoupleofTravels Christina

    Good job! Prague IS soo romantic! Can’t believe how empty the bridge was in these photos…we were just there and it was constantly packed!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yea, we were pretty surprised ourselves. It was about 9pm so still pretty early. Just got lucky I guess. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/celeste.fletcher.33 Celeste Fletcher

    I got goosies as I read your stories. How romantic! Your journey has just begun whether it be in miles or memories.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Celeste!

  • http://little-victories.net CeCe

    Love your blog, love the engagement story, and love the photos! Congrats!!

  • Tracey – Life Changing Year

    Love this! What an awesome idea to get a photographer ahead of time!!! Smart, smart man!!!

  • http://twitter.com/20YH Tony K + Steph H

    Congrats you two! Talk about a romantic proposal scene (I am always so impressed by those people who capture the moment with photos and stealthy plans!)… we can only wonder what the wedding will be like! The bar has been set so high! ;)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha aww nuts. Must I really top this one? Lol

  • Dani

    Congratulations to you! What a sweet story – reading it brought tears to my eyes!

  • http://www.adventurouskate.com Adventurous Kate

    HUGE, HUGE, HUGE congratulations and best wishes for the future! What a lovely Czech engagement! Is a DESTINATION wedding on the horizon? ;-)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Everyone seems to think so huh. One can only hope. :D

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    Congratulations!!! What a cute proposal… the only problem is you two are running out of new places to honeymoon!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh but there’s so much more we haven’t seen. Should be an interesting one, though. :)

  • http://mslistologist.com Annette | Bucket List Journey

    On his knee and everything..so romantic! BIG congrats to you both.

  • camorose

    Congratulations! We’ll have to celebrate with some bubbly in NYC :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Definitely! And while we’re at it.. Kleinfeld! Lol, I’ve always wanted to say yes to the dress. Haha.. Only half kidding. :P

  • Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    So exciting, and I can’t think of a more romantic place to do it than Prague at night. Here’s to you both and the world that (still) awaits you.

  • Caterina

    You’re an amazing couple!! So happy for your future together =)

    Anyway, I just saw that you’re in LjubIjana and the next place that you’re going to visit is the Bled Lake. It’s a fantastic place…I live in Trieste, it’s about 2 hours by train from LjubIjana. If you want to take a ride here make me know!

    Do you know CouchSurfing? I’m a couchsurfer, I could help you finding a “couch” where to sleep after a night together =)

    On FB I’m Caterina Collodet

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Hi Caterina,
      We’ve been in Ljubljana for the last few days and we were in Lake Bled yesterday! We considered going to Trieste, but wasn’t sure what was out there.. Wish we knew YOU were out there! Yes, we’re on couchsurfing and have surfed quite a few times this year. Next time… =)

  • thenorthernist

    Congratulations! What a wonderful surprise. :)

  • Maddie – Two4theroad

    Huge congrats guys, such a lovely story and you have those beautiful photos now to remember it by. Great job G!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Maddie… it’s all about the memories…

  • http://twitter.com/mellyboo Melissa Shearer

    Awww huge congrats guys! What an adorable story and gorgeous photos :)
    Good job on the super romantic surprise :D

  • Soda

    So cute!!!! congrats!!!!

  • Sam

    Congrats! What a great story, I love the sneaky photographer part, what an excellent idea. :) All the best!

  • Josephine

    Wow – congratulations Kieu and Gerard!! Thanks so much for sharing with us your lovely engagement story! So happy and excited for you both! Wishing you two a lifetime of love, laughter and magical moments!

    My husband Marvin and I have been together sixteen years, celebrated eleven years of marriage, and I count my blessings to share with him my best memories! :)

    Happy travels you two and sending you both lots of love! =)

  • michaeltravelbyu

    Congratulations to you both. I know how you must have felt G. I had the situation all planned out when I proposed. It was sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock) – the only issue was we couldn’t escape the hoards of people. So I decided to give it a try sunrise the next morning. It was freezing cold and I rushed her away from the other tourists to a small trail with a view of the sunrise… got on one knee… fumbled some words out while Lisette balled her eyes out…. then got the response “Are you serious?” (followed by a big YES). Not quite what I was expecting but it was purely from shock she said later.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip and we look forward to celebrating with you when you are back in SF.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      haha.. good on you to go sunrise. I was worried about the hoards of tourists too. But we got lucky since it was off-season.. So you can actually see some of the bridge at least!

  • http://twitter.com/TravlJunkette Travel Junkette

    Congratulations, you two! What a beautiful story, and all the best for the future!

  • http://twitter.com/ilivetotravel Raul

    Great story! One of the funnest blog posts I’ve read – congrats and kudos to G on all that planning!

  • Guest

    Congrats guys! How romantic G – keep it up. Look forward to meeting up with you

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks! And who would this ‘guest’ be?

  • http://www.facebook.com/acespirit Camille Espiritu

    Seriously cried reading that this morning before work. This holiday, I am so thankful for love and friendship. It has been awhile but I hope you guys are doing great!

  • http://twitter.com/mrsoaroundworld Ana Silva O’Reilly

    so so so lovely! many congratulations!!

  • http://twitter.com/WorkMomTravels Francesca

    I got the chills reading your accounts of the proposal. And that last photo is so perfect & romantic! Congratulations again.

  • Fiona Hilliard

    Congratulations you two! :)

  • http://www.travelfromthetriangle.com Cat

    What a fun story! Congratulations!

  • Claudia

    That’s wonderful. Congratulations!! :)

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    Congratulations and what a great story!

  • http://twitter.com/DocWends Journeys and Travels

    this is the best travel blogger proposal I have read and I am greatly inspired. Congratulations to both of you and the world will more inspired by the couple we fondly read through and share their life’s travels :) Cheers from the Philippines!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww thanks so much for your kind words. Hopefully well get to make it out to PI some day. Honeymoon maybe.. Lol

  • http://twitter.com/TheWrldWanderer The World Wanderer

    This is my favorite engagement story ever! Secret photographer? Just perfect! I love you both! xx

  • http://twitter.com/lazytravelers Lazy Travelers

    this is all so adorable and the photographer was a genius addition! well done, g. excited to hear about your honeymoon plans :) xoxo

  • suzyguese

    How perfect! Congratulations you two. The Charles Bridge at night is certainly a romantic spot for an engagement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chenru.zheng ChenRu Zheng

    =) lucky me to have met during your year. I hope I’m invited to the wedding!

  • http://twitter.com/JulieRobe The Fairy Trails

    Congratulations, you crazy kids! :)

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Congrats you two…what an awesome story to last a lifetime!

  • http://twitter.com/jettingaround Jetting Around

    I love this story and his/her perspective!!! Nice work, Gerard. Now you have fabulous pictures to remember that day. Congratulations, guys!!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/twoyuppies Marc & Lyndsi

    Congratulations!!! Enjoyed reading the engagement story! This is the first time in months I’ve visited your page and I’m totally regretting not subscribing to your blog!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You’re too sweet.. Thanks for the congrats and revisiting guys!

  • http://www.travelerahoy.com/ Alouise

    A little late but congratulations. Hope you both have years of happiness, good health, and travel ahead.

  • http://twitter.com/AI_FollowUs Anglo Italian

    Congratulations to both of you! Looking forward to read more and more :)

  • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

    Great location for the big question, love Prague and what a wonderful story. Enjoy it all, every minute. stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://twitter.com/RunawayJuno Juno Kim

    AWESOME, awesome, awesome! Congratulations you guys! :) What a great story. *HUGS*!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Juno. Hugs back!

  • http://twitter.com/RTWsomanyplaces Kim

    Wow, congrats you guys! Such an amazing and romantic engagement :)

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  • Maria Falvey

    Looks like you 2 tripped and fell… in love.

    Yeah, corny but I couldn’t resist the play on trippin. Prague is a stunning place for such an act. Smart man!

    Congrats – great night shots, btw

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Haha. Nice pun. Thanks Maria!

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  • http://toandfrommag.com/ Diana Nguyen

    I’m just hearing about this now, and OMG!!! Congrats to the two of you!!!! I am IN LOVE with that last picture. Enjoy this time!!! :)

  • tianakai

    Congrats you two. This is my first intro to your blog, so it’s great to read about the love story and backstory before getting into other posts. You two look too cute, auguri, as they say in Italy!

  • http://twitter.com/ChrystalClear_ Chrystal-Clear

    Super congrats to you both! That last photo is STUNNING! And way to go G – what a super guy you snagged Q! The photographer, the bridge, the poses -EXCELLENT! But I wonder – when DID G have time to buy a ring and NOT have you notice???

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Chrystal! I am very resourceful. ;)

  • http://www.thetravolution.com/ Cristina

    Oh my Congratulations you two! You couldn’t have picked a better place! There is something about Prague that is so naturally romantic

  • Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com

    Wow, such a perfect place for a proposal! I find Charles Bridge very romantic too, actually Prague as a whole. Congratulations to both of you and wish you decades of happy travels together!

  • Mary-Christine Castillo-

    I don’t even know you guys but i am balling! What a wonderful story, congratulations!

  • Monica

    Congratulations! I can only hope to be lucky like you two and travel with my significant other in the future. You guys are truly an inspiration and I can’t wait to embark on my own adventure. Thank you for blogging about your travels. Please keep it up!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww, thanks so much for your kind words. We’ll try our best. Best of luck on your own adventures!

  • Long

    Hey cuz, I’m a bit late to the party but wanted to say congrats! Just found the blog yesterday so I guess I better catch up! I needed something new to read anyways.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks Long! Where have you been? LOL, better late than never. Hope all is well. :)

  • kmmyp

    Congrats to you both! So sweet. And Jan was a good actor! Haha
    Love your blog – keep bloggin!

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  • Nellie Huang

    Awww such a beautiful proposal! Good on you Gerard! Wish I read this earlier, would have congratulated you guys in person. Hope to see you the next time Im in California. Congrats once again!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Nellie! Hope to see YOU in Grenada!

  • Cliff Hsia

    Love this…congrats on your engagement and now your marriage!

  • http://www.flickr.com/ieatstars ieatstars

    Congrats!! I am so happy for you two – you seem like such a great match :D – and the fact that you were in love with my motherland enough to want to get engaged there. (Now I want to, too!) Beautiful story and photos. Congrats to you both!