A Starbucks Proposal Story

I love a good proposal story, who doesn’t?! Today, I’m sharing two super creative proposals. The first is the proposal of Mikaela and Shane. Their first date was at a Starbucks, so Shane decided to build a Starbucks in the woods – seriously! Wait until you see it! :) Shane told Mikaela (who is a photographer) that they were going on a photo field trip to this great place he discovered, well he led her to a clearing in the woods and had Mikaela close her eyes. The moment she opened her eyes, she saw this…


starbucks proposal menu

From Mikaela, “The moment I was allowed to open my eyes is a moment that will be burned into my memory forever. It was the most peculiar feeling to see something so unexpected, so creatively carried out, something that took weeks and hours to plan, for me. For this moment. For us. Surreal.

Starbucks in the woods. Our Starbucks, our first date in those two comfy chairs, with our same two drinks – a passion tea lemonade and a green tea lemonade, and that fruit bar Shane had as well. A homemade candle in a Starbucks sample cup flickered, the prettiest bouquet of pink peonies, and music playing in the background. We sat, me in stunned silence and broken sentences. Knowing what would most likely come next, but not daring to think it, at the same time. Derrick ran by in the corner of my eye, leaving behind a video camera, while I caught someone taking photos in the bushes! Another video camera on a table! Crap, why didn’t I wear my contacts tonight, why the glasses? And off they came :) Then Shane pulled out a ring box and said those words and it happened.

‘Ever since our first date I knew you were the one… I fall more and more in love with you each day… Mikaela Ruth, will you marry me?’

He says there was a pause before I said yes! Of course! And then I dropped to the ground to be close to him and to hug him and he slipped the ring on to my finger.”




starbucks store in the woods

Check out all the details Shane put into the proposal…Love the wifey instead of Wi-Fi :) And the free download cards!

starbucks proposal

Any aspect that could possibly be personalized, he was on it…



They went to a Jack Johnson concert last Fall and notice the ‘Congratulations’ card? Details, details!


starbucks proposal in the woods

Close friends and family began to trickle in and Shane snuck away to change into a Starbucks barista uniform – and it was a party! How special that they were able to celebrate with everyone!

proposal in the woods

Biggest congrats to Mikaela + Shane!! All photos from Mikaela

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  1. So precious! What a well thought out proposal. I completed save the dates for a couple who met at Starbucks last year. Check them out here:


  2. As someone who worked for Starbucks for many years, I can tell he definitely put a lot of work and thought into the details. This is the sweetest proposal I’ve ever heard of. Congrats to the couple. Looks like Mikalea found a great catch!

  3. What an amazing story! The thought that went into this makes my heart skip a beat. Well done!! He should be planning parties and events for a living!? Congrats to the lovely couple!

  4. this is amazing!! brought a tear to my eyes! so thoughtful

  5. This is amazing!!!! Love it!!!

  6. Wow all this for a a proposal!! Can you imagine how their marriage is going to be like !! AWESOME!!!
    I cant even imagine the amount of women who’d only dream to have a guy do something amazing like this. He just raised the bar for every man LOL. Mikaela you got a WINNER here!! Congrats lady. and of course Congrats to the both of you!!
    PS: Your kids will have such cute hair!!!

  7. I love how detail oriented he was & still managed to completely surprise her! So many sweet touches, I love the “wify” sign too!

  8. This is so adorable!! I can’t believe all the little details, so precious! I might have to re-blog this one! Thanks for the post, love it!

  9. this is amazing…all the work and thought that must have gone into this is truely an act of love. He got every last detail in…
    it really was a starbucks in the woods.

    …there must be a starbucks somewhere with someone wondering “where did all our stuff go?”

    loved it<3

  10. Wow, this is the most incredible engagement I’ve ever seen!! Shane deserves an award for this one! She is one lucky gal :)

  11. That has to be the cutest proposal story ever! I literally started crying when I saw this. Shane is SO thoughtful! He is going to make a terrific husband… congrats M + S!

  12. Since my daughter was preparing for her wedding and found this site, I have enjoyed seeing all the wonderful ideas, but I think this one topped them all! What an incredible inspiration you are…love, passion, creativity! Thanks for sharing:) Blessings!

  13. I have never seen anything so creative and beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing. Love it :) The details made my head spin!

  14. I have never seen anything so creative and beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing. Love it :) The details made my head spin!

  15. I love the engagement ring on the pink cake pop, what an adorable way to present this vintage style piece. What a sweet man!

  16. I love this so much, and that men in general are stepping it up! good on them, I think the internet and ideas are a flow for them :) Great execution! the details are perfection, shows the thoughtfulness!

  17. :0 amazing amazing amazing!! This groom is going to have to be so involved in the planning of the wedding if he can pull something like this off!!!

  18. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! Bravo Shane. All men after you will probably fail…

  19. This is one of the most creative proposals I have ever seen. Romantic AND personal, every girls dream! Wishing these two the best.


  20. holy moley! what a valiant effort on his side! that’s a crazy set up! and way adorable!

  21. This is so so special. I love how much effort he put into to making her feel special. Blessings, Shane and Mikaela! May the next season be only the first “best” of your life!

  22. Congrats to the lovely couple! Amazing, thoughful, caring, creativity…and most of all he LOVE her so much so to go all the way to make their engagement an occasion for them to remember FOREVER. GOD BLESS YOUR LOVE!

  23. This is one of the best engagement ideas :) My two favorite things…Starbucks and engagements! So cute :) I want my husband to re-propose to me like this.

  24. great proposal story! awesome pictures

  25. This is amazing!! Being a proposal planner I am beyond impressed with what this guy did. We might need to hire him!! Guys can do so much more than think when it comes to proposals!

  26. So cute! That would have been even better if they had it professionally videoed!!

  27. How. adorable. That note on the board brought tears to my eyes. So sweet!!!

  28. WOW. It’s like magic! A fantasy! Starbucks should seriously consider doing this for real.

  29. This is awesome in many, many ways – and not just because I’m a Starbucks fiend. Great job, groom. Well done.

  30. My absolute favorite proposal to date. There are not enough words…

  31. so cute!!!! love Starbucks! nice idea :)

  32. AMAZING proposal! Love the idea-so creative. The bar has officially been raised :)

  33. This has left me utterly speechless. It’s so perfect for them as a couple and for us as admirers.
    How long do we have to wait for them to sell their video to Starbucks so we can all watch it during the Super Bowl commercials?

  34. This is unbelievable! I can’t believe how creative and genius he is… and where did he get all this stuff?!?! I hope one day I get a proposal that’s even 1/4th this spectacular! What a catch… I want to see more! I hope there is video!

  35. Unbelievably adorable!!! That’s a man in love, he’s definitely a keeper, MIkaela is a very lucky lady :)
    Best wishes to the happy couple!!!!!!!

  36. Soo precious!!!

  37. Awwww … that is so sweet …. I hope their love lasts beyond coffee and more …

  38. Oh my golly goodness! Absolutely love this! So sweet when someone really takes you in and recreates something so personal and love-filled. Congrats to the lucky couple! Wishing you both much love and laughter!

  39. Yup! He’s sweet and thoughtful, and they are perfect for each other. I should know…I get to be his mother-in-law! :)

  40. Jennifer Pentalow on:

    This is amazing! What thought and detail! I am so impressed! What a cute couple!

  41. This is amazing! So excited to see what they have in store for the wedding. WOW!

  42. My wife told me to have a peek at this as I am a Starbucks Junkie… And WOW this guy really out did himself, he did not skip a beat in the detail department. Great job both of you ! And look forward to seeing what the wedding will bring.

  43. Hands down, best proposal EVER.


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