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Marrying Man of December 2006: Match Made In Heaven

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Though this celebrity couple had been dating for almost three years, it took a hint of Mexican moonlight for Survivor & The Apprentice mega- producer Mark Burnett to muster up the courage to propose to Touched By an Angel actress Roma Downey. On the shores of Zihuatanejo this past Thanksgiving weekend, the holiday was made even more special when Downey agreed to Burnett's marriage proposal. Both Burnett's and Downey's three children were present at this happy occasion.

Living near each other in Malibu, CA, things started out innocently enough for the lovebirds. "I think we were both deliciously ignorant of each other," Downey told PEOPLE in June of that year, "and so when we met, we didn't bring any preconceived notions of who the other person was. The attraction was very real." After that initial meeting, it was only a matter of time before the couple started taking the "love thy neighbor" commandment to heart. The two started dating steadily and things turned serious.

For Burnett, it's nothing less than a match made in heaven.

"I have found my angel," Burnett tells PEOPLE of Downey.

He goes on to describe why the couple is so compatible. "We are people with similar backgrounds," he said in PEOPLE in 2004. "We are both from Great Britain and both living in Malibu and we both have kids. And we laugh all the time." The wedding will take place in 2008.

This television-friendly twosome is used to seeing their names in the headlines, so why not send them one of these as a wedding gift. This real-life proposal was selected from one of our many fine contest entries.

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