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After playing a slew of characters who were perpetually unlucky in love (Remember when he dove into Gabrielle's hedges when her husband came home on Desperate Housewives? Or when four spurned high school girls united to ruin his life in John Tucker Must Die? Yikes...), Jesse Metcalfe has officially found the love of his life — and proposed to her! Yes, Metcalfe is engaged after popping the question to his longtime sweetheart, Cara Santana. And John Tucker made us want to die when we got a look at the engagement ring he picked out for his soon-to-be bride. Seriously, it's that pretty!
So just who is this Cara Santana? If you can only recall Metcalfe canoodling on-screen with Eva Longoria, you're not alone. Metcalfe and Santana — who earns a living as a trendy fashion blogger — have managed to keep their love pretty much out of the spotlight, but they've actually been in a relationship for over a decade. "I wouldn't say it was love at first sight," the actor shared with YourTango back in 2013. "It was more of a slow burn, which I think is a better start for a relationship. I think if it comes on fast and furious, it generally fizzles out just as fast. We were slow and steady." We'd say! "We took the time to get to know each other," added the bride-to-be. "We've known each other for, like, 10 years." It may have taken a decade, but these two are finally heading down the aisle — and that ring was definitely worth the wait!
According to Us Weekly, Metcalfe did the deed aboard a 50-foot sailboat as they floated along the Hudson River in New York City. Cue the sunset and Eric Clapton's "Pretty Girl" playing in the background. (Yes, really!) Oh, and a five and half carat diamond engagement ring, of course! This sparkler is a serious stunner. In a post-proposal pic of Metcalfe and Santana, it can be seen glittering on the blogger bride's hand and features an emerald-cut center stone. Kudos to Metcalfe on his taste in jewelry. We're obsessed!
"It's been a long time coming, but we couldn't be happier," the actor shared. But their the engagement wasn't this couple's only reason to celebrate. The to-be-wedded pair were also living it up for the bride's 31st birthday. So many reasons to smile!
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