10 Things You Didn’t Know About Neil Patrick Harris And David Burtka’s Relationship
8. David’s Proposal
Harris and Burtka announced their engagement on Twitter in June 2011 after the Marriage Equality Act in New York was passed. It was later revealed they’d actually been engaged for five years but decided to keep it a secret. “David first proposed to me five years ago on the actual street corner where we met (9th Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets in NYC). We were on our way to an event at an Indian casino 45 minutes out of town in a limousine, and David wanted to stop for some reason that I didn’t quite get. I thought he wanted to get some booze or something. And then he got on one knee and proposed…Then I got the ring and loved it, and a year later, on Valentine’s Day, I proposed to him in Santa Monica. That was four years ago,” said Harris.
7. Their Wedding
They finally tied the knot in Italy in September 2014 after being together for nearly 10 years. Their ceremony was extremely small with only 45 people in attendance and was officiated by friend and mentor, HIMYM producer and director Pam Fryman. Later on in the evening, Elton John sang at the reception. During an appearance on The View, Harris said his decision to get married was not to make a statement, but rather for their kids, “I think when our kids got to the age when they were having reasonable conversations where they’re asking lots of ‘why’ questions, then it seemed [important] to be able to have a real clear-cut [identity] of who their daddy is — that he’s my husband, it was easier than partner or boyfriend.”