Looks like little Ashley Banks is all grown up! And the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star has some MAJOR celebrating to do. Since we all watched Tatyana Ali grow up right in front of our eyes on one of TV's most celebrated shows, it's only fitting that we help honor her through some of life's most cherished moments off-screen. Turns out the starlet, who recently announced her engagement to boyfriend, Dr. Vaughn Rasberry, had to quickly shift the wedding planning gears after finding out that she was expecting her first child!
It's not very often that you find out that there's a bun in the oven while trying to plan one of the biggest days of your life! For Will Smith's former co-star, it was the surprise of a lifetime. "Planning our wedding has been so exciting, but when we found out we were expecting, our perspective shifted completely," said the mom-to-be when discussing her altered plans for her late summer nuptials, Entertainment Tonight reports. The bride-to-be is hoping to honor her newest bundle of joy during their wedding, too. "We want our ceremony to really celebrate our newest blessing! Plus, I have the best wedding planner, Michael Russo. He's making everything so fun and stress free!"
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The 37-year-old actress took to Twitter to confirm her celebratory news, showing off her groom-to-be and her growing baby bump! "Thanks so much everyone for all the well wishes!!!" wrote the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star. "Looks like this is going to be a really full year."
As for her and her soon-to-be hubby's epic love story, it turns out that was the makings of a little online magic. "Vaughn and I met on eHarmony!" shared the actress. "It was my first time dating online." The modern day lovebirds even used a traditional sense of communication to show their feelings for one another by becoming pen pals. "We wrote letters for months before we decided to Skype. And then, of course, met."
When it comes to the perfect proposal, it seems as if Ali's doting fiancé nailed that too! The actress revealed to ET that her eHarmony-match-turned-forever-love followed up the couple's modern day love story with the "perfect" proposal. On the day of, the pair went on a "45-minute hike in the Redwoods [in Yosemite, California]," which just so happens to be one of star's favorite spots. During their romantic hike, Rasberry popped the question in a natural "picturesque clearing."
"Just the two of us," Ali described. "It was so thoughtful and perfect. We're best friends." Congrats you two! We'll be doing Carlton's dance all day in your honor.
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