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New Jersey is hearing wedding bells! Earlier this month, Real Housewives of New York star LuAnn de Lesseps' new beau popped the question and it looks like yet another Housewives wedding is on the way — this time in the Garden State. Ashlee Holmes, the daughter of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita, just announced her engagement to her boyfriend, Pete Malleo, via social media. Break out Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl cocktails because it's time to celebrate!
According to Entertainment Tonight, Malleo popped the question on Thursday night and the couple took to Instagram to share the happy nuptial news. "I said 'yes,'" Holmes, 25, captioned a photo of her and her newly-dubbed fiancé. "Thank you for such an amazing day," she wrote, tagging Malleo. "I'm so excited for this next chapter of our lives."
Malleo later shared the same sweet snap of them in front of the stunning New York City skyline. "Today I asked my best friend to marry me and she said 'yes,'" he wrote.
The engagement excitement also reached the bride-to-be's reality star mom. Laurita took to her own social media accounts to congratulate her daughter, tweeting, "Say congratulations to my daughter @ashleeholmes & her fiancé @c3pete0. We are thrilled to announce their engagement!" Later on Friday morning, she also Instagrammed a photo of the to-be-wed twosome and added the hashtag, #Smotherinlaw. Too funny!
As for the engagement ring, the groom-to-be sure didn't disappoint! He chose a chic cushion-cut diamond, weighing in at three carats and set in a dainty silver band of sparkly pavé stones. According to the jeweler, the New York-based M Jewelers, it's one of their favorite pieces to date.
After taking a season-long hiatus, Laurita is back on The Real Housewives of New Jersey this season to stir up the drama. Maybe we'll get to see the proposal play out onscreen? Or better yet... Mother-of-the-bride dress shopping!