The kids hold the sign as Ellen walks outside.
The kids hold the sign as Ellen walks outside.

The whole family was in on the secret proposal planned for Ellen

SHE thought she and her partner, Ivan John Henderson, were going to her parents' house for a family dinner.

Gladstone resident Ellen Taylor had no idea the reason she was really there.

A secretly planned proposal involving the whole family, including Ellen's cousin, nephews and nieces, was about to take place.

Ellen was inside when her sister asked her to come outside to see what Ivan was doing.

As she stepped out she saw the children gathered around with a big sign that read: "Will you marry me?”

And that's when she saw Ivan on one knee.

"I was definitely not expecting it. I really had no idea,” she said.

"But it was such a good idea and very cute to see all the kids so excited about it.”

Ellen said the pair planned to tie the knot in about a year.

"It's early days at the moment so we don't really have anything planned,” she said.

"But we are looking at this place in Toowoomba next week, Gabbinbar Homestead.

"It's so gorgeous and easier for family who are close to Brisbane to travel there instead of Gladstone, especially for Ivan, who has family in South Africa.”

Ellen and Ivan, both 22, met while students at Tannum Sands State High and started dating a year ago.

Ellen works with her parents at BP Boyne island and Ivan works for Pirtek.

"I have so many screenshots of different wedding dresses,” Ellen said.

"There's so many to choose from I don't know where to start.”