Zooey Deschanel Was ‘Clueless’ Jonathan Scott Was Proposing — Until a Sweet Moment Gave Him Away (Exclusive)

“Clueless. I used to be clueless,” is how Zooey Deschanel describes the moments earlier than her now-fiance Jonathan Scott proposed. 

The Property Brothers host, 45, popped the query to the actress, 43, after 4 years of relationship in August — and pulled off fairly the shock spectacle with the assistance of her two youngsters, Elsie, 8, and Charlie, 6, he tells PEOPLE on this week’s cowl story.

On the massive day, Scott ensured their group was the final at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fortress, a favourite spot of the HGTV star’s in his household’s ancestral homeland. A bagpipe band was acting on the grounds, however when the music instantly modified, Deschanel says, “I used to be like, ‘I feel one thing’s taking place.’”

A guitarist stepped ahead and began to play Neil Younger’s “Harvest Moon.” “That’s a particular music for us,” she explains. However, “I did not need to resolve what was taking place till I knew.”

Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel engagement photos in Scotland on August 12, 2023.

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“After which the children pulled a banner out that mentioned, ‘Zooey, will you marry me?'” says Scott. 

“And I mentioned sure,” provides Deschanel.

That second wasn’t only a shock for the actress, however for the youngsters as nicely. Scott hadn’t instructed them the small print of the plan till the massive second. “They might’ve instructed me instantly,” the actress admits.

Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel engagement photos in Scotland on August 12, 2023.

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However the youngsters’ shock solely added to the sweetness of the second. 

“When Elsie circled and browse the signal, she instantly goes, ‘Did you simply get married?’And we’re like, ‘Nicely, no, not but. However we bought engaged!’ ” says Scott. “And she or he’s like, ‘Does that imply I get to be a flower woman?’ And we’re like, ‘Sure. Sure you may.’ So it was actually candy to have them there too.”

“It was so particular,” says Deschanel. 

Scott had been planning the second in secret for months. 

“I had requested her mother and father’ permission two and a half months earlier than doing it. They usually had been like, ‘We already contemplate you household,’ which, I really feel the identical method.”

And he’d picked out the ring a yr earlier after Deschanel talked about she appreciated it. “I instantly screen-grabbed that and held onto it for a very long time. That was the one she bought.”

Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott photographed at their home in Los Angeles, CA, on September 14, 2023.

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Whereas the proposal went off with out a hitch, the ring nonetheless wants somewhat tweaking, they admit.

“I measured so badly. I used to be attempting to determine what ring dimension…” explains Scott.

“He is like, ‘What ring dimension is a girl?'” his fiancee jokes. “I am a 4.75. That is my ring dimension in case anyone desires to purchase me a hoop.”

“Higher not,” Scott jumps in. “She’s off the market.”

Scott shares much more particular moments from their engagement on the newly relaunched drewandjonathan.com.

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