When my fiancé proposed to me, he had an entire night planned at a bed and breakfast with a fine dining establishment attached. However, before we even got around to the night’s activities—while I was still holding my luggage, actually—he got down on one knee and proposed. He later said the ring was just burning a hole in his pocket and he felt like he needed to pull it out and propose. With all of his nervous agitation, I can’t imagine how he would have reacted if I had pulled out an answer other than yes. I was easy on my fiancé, but some women need a little time to think. Such was the case with actor Matthew McConaughey, when he asked long-term girlfriend and the mother of his children to marry him.

On Tuesday, McConaughey headed onto the stage over at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he explained he took bigger chance than expected when asking Camila Alves to be his wife.
“At Christmastime, we go around our family and everyone takes turns opening presents…We finally got to her, and I'm calling my family over. She gets to it, she opens it up, her eyes go wide. I take a knee and I ask her, 'So, will you marry me and take my name?’”

The proposal moment is always a bit precarious, but clearly McConaughey should have rethought popping the question in front of a slew of people. Especially, after Camila’s answer was not the elation the 42-year-old was hoping for.
"The first word out of her mouth was not 'yes.' I'm not gonna say what it was. But I did say, 'Look, I'm down on a knee. I'll stay here awhile. I will outlast you.' And I did! She conceded."

All’s well that ends well. On June 9, McConaughey finally married Alves, in a ceremony that featured giant tents and lawn games. I don’t know what the woman was thinking—who holds out when a man is offering you a game of bags post-ceremony?

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