Sophie Monk and Joshua Gross
Despite a successful run on The Bachelorette that saw Sophie choosing Stu Laundy, the two weren’t meant to be, and it wasn’t long before Sophie was left single once more.
However, the former Bardot singer got her rom-com moment in 2018, when she was sat next to Joshua Gross on a business-class flight.
“I just sat down, and he had a sense of humour and I was like, ‘Oh, how relieving, sitting next to someone you can have a chat with’,” Sophie told 9Honey.
What started out as a long-distance relationship quickly led to love, with Sophie deeming the relationship to be nothing like her previous ones.
“When you don’t feel good about yourself, you attract the wrong thing or you look for somebody to fulfil you. But you need to meet someone who’s a bonus to you, not someone to fix you. That took me ages [to realise],” she said.
The couple announced their engagement in January 2021.
“Told you I’d tell you guys first 💍🙌 I'm engaged," the TV-host wrote on Instagram beside a picture of herself and Joshua where she sported a sparkly ring and a massive smile.
Emma Watkins and Oliver Brian
Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins got engaged to her partner, Oliver Brian, in April 2021.
She posted a photo of the couple, with her sporting a ring, writing simply “When life gets more sparkly ✨💍❤️.”
Emma and Brian met while working on The Wiggles, with Brian also being a musician.
She was previously married to fellow Wiggle co-star, Lachlan Gillespie, who is the current Purple Wiggle.
Despite their divorce after two years of marriage, the two continue to work together in the children’s band, both often sharing videos of themselves dancing together in zany routines.
Tayla Damir and Nathan Broad
Love Island winner Tayla Damir became engaged to her AFL beau Nathan Broad in June, sharing a video to Instagram of Nathan popping the question on their CCTV camera at home.
“My forever 💎 @nathanbroad," she wrote alongside the post.
"I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend ❤️"
Tayla was famously, and very sadly, dumped by her fellow Love Island winner, Grant Crapp, who had a secret girlfriend back home throughout the filming of the show.
She took up with Nathan, who plays for Richmond Football Club, in 2019 and the pair live together in Melbourne.
Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson
The most controversial MAFS contestants of 2021, Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson, announced their engagement in July in an exclusive with New Idea, where they also announced that they’re expecting twins.
Bryce popped the question on a surprise date, which included a helicopter ride.
“It’s all happened very fast,” he told New Idea.
“It’s been a whirlwind, but we’re so incredibly happy,” Melissa said.
Jake Ryan and Alice Quiddington
Former Home and Away favourite Jake Ryan announced his engagement to his DJ girlfriend, Alice Quiddington, back in April.
They shared the news via Instagram, both sharing the same loved-up shot of them kissing, with Alice flashing her ring.
“GRAPPA ALL ROUND- stick a fork in me 💍💍💍” Jake captioned the image, while over on her Instagram, Alice simply wrote “Future hubby.”
The couple have been dating for three years now, and welcomed their first son, Wolf, in October 2019.
Announcing the birth also on Instagram, Jake penned "IN THIS LIFE!!! 'Be still, my beating heart' WOLF RYAN.... mind-blowing experience... @alice__q was phenomenal and recovering well. Superwomen ♥♥.”
Alex Nation and Carson Jory
Former Bachelor winner Alex Nation announced her engagement in September, shortly after giving birth to her second son alongside partner, Carson Jory.
Alex announced the happy news via Instagram, sharing a photo of her diamond ring and writing “Morning coffee forever with you. 01.09.21 #mrsjory.”
Matthew Bennett and Annabel Jameson
MAFS star Matthew Bennett also put a ring on it this year, proposing to his partner, Annabel Jameson, over Halloween.
The loved-up couple had the special moment captured on camera, with Matthew also creating a YouTube video for Matt’s channel called I asked my girlfriend of 3 years to marry me… This is what she said.
Ash Barty and Garry Kissick
One of Australia’s greatest sports stars, Ash Barty, became engaged to her long-term partner Garry Kissick at the end of November, confirming the news with an Instagram post.
“Future husband,” the 25-year-old tennis champion penned alongside a photo of herself with her engagement ring.
They confirmed they’d gotten engaged on November 15, with Garry putting up his own Instagram post.
“I love you Ash Barty,” he wrote alongside it.
Sasha Mielczarek and Carly Cottam
Another Bachie wedding is in store, with the first ever winner of The Bachelorette, Sasha Mielczarek announcing his engagement to his partner, Carly Cottam.
While things might not have worked out with Sam Frost, who chose him as her winner, Sasha seems very much in love.
“She said ‘you’ll do!’ I’m claiming it as a yes!” he wrote beside the photos of the moment he proposed.
“Cheers to the most beautiful, kind, and caring person I know. My best mate.”
Ellie Gonsalves and Ross Scutts
Model and activist Ellie Gonsalves announced her engagement to her long-term partner, Ross Scutts, after 13 years together. The pair were visiting Australia Zoo, where Ellie was taking part in a show for some tourists. Ross surprised her by bending the knee and proposing in front of everyone, along with the hope of their close friends Chandler Powell, and Terri and Robert Irwin.
“This was the best day of my life. Not only did I get to feed a crocodile for @wildlifewarriorsworldwide with Terri, @robertirwinphotography & @chandlerpowell, but my best friend asked me to marry him ❤️,” she wrote on Instagram.
Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli
The long-awaited engagement announcement from MAFS’ alums Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli finally came in early December, with the pair posting a selfie, with a gorgeous ring adorning Martha’s finger.
“Mrs B,” they both captioned the image.
They went on to share more pictures, with Martha writing “Sorry in advance for the spam, but we’re so excited”.
And so are we! This is one wedding we’re excited to see!
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