“I HAD AN EMMY IN ONE HAN D AND A R ING POP I N THE OTHER”

—CHRIS HARD­WICK, ON GET­TING EN­GAGED

Martha Stewart Weddings - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

When we were shoot­ing “Bloom­ing Beau­ti­ful” with Ly­dia Hearst, we fell in love with her. So we’re not sur­prised that Chris Hard­wick—co­me­dian and talk-show host—did too. Here are some things we learned from him.

ON FALL­ING IN LOVE

“We were tak­ing a road trip through Zion Na­tional Park. I’m scared of heights, and at one point I had to pull over be­cause my hands were sweat­ing so much. I was ter­ri­fied.” Ly­dia took the wheel, and Chris thought, You’re ac­cept­ing me with my flaws, and I love you for that.

ON THE RING

When they got se­ri­ous, Chris called Ly­dia’s mom, Pa­tri­cia Hearst, to say he had good in­ten­tions. She said, “I’m go­ing to give you Ly­dia’s grand­mother’s ring— she wanted Ly­dia to have it.”

ON PROPOS­ING

Chris had been nom­i­nated for an Emmy for his show @mid­night. He told Ly­dia they would be go­ing to a party at L.A.’s Chateau Mar­mont af­ter the awards, when in fact he had booked a suite for just the two of them and had it filled with flow­ers. When they walked in, he got down on one knee and pro­posed with a candy ring (the an­tique di­a­mond one* hadn’t yet made its way from New York). “She said yes and burst into tears,” says Chris. As for the Emmy: “If I hadn’t won, I still would have won.”

*She’s wear­ing it in the story! See

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