An engaged couple embracing in front of the Seoul skyline.

Lorryn Smit

June 7, 2023

Welcome to the heartfelt moment, where the magical journey of Austin and Ashley’s proposal in the vibrant city of Seoul, South Korea. Join me as we embark on a captivating tale of love, adventure, and the ultimate expression of commitment amidst the backdrop of Seoul’s captivating beauty. From the moment Austin got down on one knee to the joyful tears that followed, their proposal story is one that will fill your heart with warmth and inspire you to believe in the power of love. Get ready to dive into a tale of romance, cultural exploration, and the beginning of a new chapter in Austin and Ashley’s love story.

A couple kissing in front of the Seoul skyline.

Their story begins in an unexpected way, as fate brought them together in the workplace. As the boss, Ashley never anticipated that her connection with Austin would evolve beyond a professional relationship. However, when Austin decided to pursue new endeavors and left his job, their paths took a different turn. It was during their first date that Ashley failed to sense any romantic vibes, believing it was merely the start of a budding friendship. Little did she know that destiny had other plans in store.

It was on their second date, after enjoying a few drinks, that the atmosphere shifted. The evening became infused with flirtatious energy, revealing a mutual attraction that couldn’t be ignored. From that moment forward, Austin and Ashley knew they were starting on something special. A week after, Ashley fell seriously ill, and it was during this trying time that Austin stood by her side tirelessly, offering care 24/7 for two weeks straight. It was during these intimate moments that their connection deepened, solidifying their decision to spend each day together.


We had planned a trip since we are both Korean (he had never visited, and it had been about 10 years since I had). My mom was already in Seoul for a couple months with her family, so we decided to plan our trip at the same time she was there so we could meet up and spend some time together with my family on her side. So, a Seoul proposal is perfect.


He knew I wanted an intimate and private proposal, which he executed perfectly! I gave him lots of clues on what I didn’t want as well as what I loved seeing in other proposals.


The roses, the candles, the champagne! He knows how much I love sunsets so planning this around sunset was perfect. The entire thing was an absolute dream come true. Also, THE RING!!!!


He had planned a dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant after this “surprise activity”. He told me that we wouldn’t have time to go back to the hotel to change before dinner, and that we should be dressed up for this activity. That’s why I was already in a dress & heels! Smart man.


I’m so glad he decided to move it inside from the outdoor patio area. As much as that would’ve been beautiful, it was so cold & windy. I was already shaking from the excitement & nerves, I would’ve gone purple being outside! I probably would’ve also hated any photos with my hair flying all over the place haha.


I know this is controversial and maybe I’m super type-A, but I’m glad I gave details of what I want and don’t want when it comes to our proposal and the ring. Some women probably want the whole thing to be a surprise or casual, but for me since this is the only moment of my life (hopefully) where there’s one opportunity to do it, I want it to be picture-perfect! Also, kudos to my fiance for grabbing my purse & setting it down prior to the special proposal moment in Seoul!


Austin stepped on a candle and slipped on some flower petals. So glad he didn’t fall in the middle of the proposal hahaha.

Seoul Proposal: Austin and Ashley

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