While (spoiler alert!) the couple’s wedding actually took place in May in their McIntyre, Georgia, home, viewers of the family’s TLC reality show got to see the proposal play out on Wednesday night’s episode.
“June doesn’t know it yet, but she’s getting ripe for marriage. And I’m going to pick her,” Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson declared as he made plans to surprise Mama June with a candlelight dinner, complete with an engagement ring hidden inside a golden egg.
He even dressed for the occasion: “When Sugar wears his funeral shirt you know he’s serious,” 7-year-old Alana aka Honey Boo Boo, said after she and sisters Lauryn aka Pumpkin, Chickadee, and Jessica aka Chubbs helped the nervous groom-to-be get ready.
Of course, with a household full of girls, Sugar had no trouble finding help when it came to picking out the ring. Pageant star Honey Boo Boo was game to help him find Mama a “bling bling ring thing,” and she described the rock as “extrasparkly — and crispy.”
Meanwhile, the family patriarch came up with a clever way to pay for his true love’s $385.15 engagement ring: He sold a turkey fryer!
Sugar Bear’s proposal didn’t come without risk — June has turned him down twice before — but he was clearly hoping the third time would be the charm. He told June, “Me and the girls been talking for the last couple of weeks. I love the girls and they love me. I know you and me have had some ups and downs, but the girls need a father figure that’s going to be around for a while … It would be a great honor, um, it would be a great extreme honor. Would you marry me and be my wife?”
Of course, the episode ended with a cliffhanger, so you’ll have to tune in next week to see exactly what June said, but we’re pretty sure it will come with subtitles!
By the way, we hope the actual wedding will be shown later this season, because the family’s bridal style only gets better: Mama donned a camouflage-print ball gown for her big day, while Sugar Bear and his groomsmen sported camo pants and bright orange vests.
Sounds like they were hunting — for love!