Despite Minka Kelly’s presence at many of Derek Jeter’s games – and persistent engagement rumors – the New York Yankees shortstop and the Charlie’s Angels star have refused to confirm they’re even dating. But the brunette beauty did coyly acknowledge her beau of more than two years to GQ in February, saying, “I promise you, I’m not getting married in the next month.”
When you know, you know! Six months after they first began dating, said yes to free agent NFL player Eric Johnson’s proposal in November 2010. “I actually had to sit on his knee I was so shocked,” she says, calling her fiancé, “the best man in my life. Sorry Dad!”
After declaring, “I want to find love,” in November 2010, got her wish when she met New Jersey Nets star Kris Humphries. The NBA forward popped the question to the reality star on May 18 at her Beverly Hills home – on bended knee with a 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring. “I didn’t expect this at all,” Kardashian tells PEOPLE of the surprise proposal.
Long before their April engagement, had a hunch Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was the One. “I think we both knew from the moment we met that we wanted to marry each other,” she told PEOPLE of her ball-playing fiancé.
Following a whirlwind romance, Khloé Kardashian wed L.A. Laker Lamar Odom in September 2009, after only a month of dating. “I didn’t want to wait,” Odom told Playboy, adding that his wife changed his serial dating ways. “Being married, that’s a responsibility with her I was like, ‘If I do what I normally do, I’m going to lose her.’ And if I lose her, I think it’s going to hurt a lot. Right then and there I knew.”
“We met through a friend who knew us both for a long time,” told GQ in 2008 of husband Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots. “Our friend knew that we would like each other. And we did.” And how! After marrying twice in 2009, the couple welcomed son Benjamin later that year.
“My old man told me a long time ago you need to marry your best friend, and I think that’s exactly what I’m doing,” New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher gushed of his bride-to-be, Better With You star Joanna Garcia, in November 2010, a month before the couple tied the knot in Palm Beach, Fla.
After two years of dating, Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher made a Southern bride out of , when the pair said “I do” in July 2010 at Georgia’s Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation. “If you have 999 pieces of a beautiful puzzle, it can look great; but if there’s one piece missing, you know it. Mike’s my piece,” Underwood told PEOPLE. “He’s a few pieces.”
It’s a love match! Tennis ace Andy Roddick and Sports Illustratedcover girl Brooklyn Decker made it official in April 2009, after a two-year romance. “It was never part of my plan to get married young,” Decker, who walked the down the aisle at age 22, told Page Six Magazine, “but we did it because we really wanted to.”
Dating Pittsburgh Penguins hockey player Mike Comrie turned into a diehard sports fan and a blushing bride: The couple wed in August 2010, after a three-year romance. “I’ve never met anyone who can say a bad word about him,” she said. “He’s generous, caring and sunny.”
More than 10 years after their $800,000 wedding at an Irish castle, and marriage is still going strong, with the couple expecting their fourth child – and their first girl! – later this year. “He just naturally looks good all the time,” Victoria gushed to Marie Claire in 2010 of her soccer stud husband.