As every bride knows, getting family approval of your future husband can be one of the most daunting aspects of beingengaged. But, lucky for Julianne Hough, her new fiancé Brooks Laich already has her big brother Derek's endorsement.
"I couldn't be happier for the two of them," Derek told People of his younger sister's engagement to the Washington Capitals hockey player, while also revealing that he wasn't too surprised when Brooks popped the question. "I knew that it was happening within the first month they were dating," he said. "It was one of those things where it was instant and that smile and glow she's had hasn't dimmed ever since she met [him]. That's a special thing."
Not only that, but Derek said he's even been spending some quality bonding time with his future brother-in-law. "He's the best," the Dancing With the Stars pro said of Brooks. "We went surfing yesterday. We've been hanging out a lot. He's a good guy."
Derek, who said he's "stoked" about the engagement, revealed that the hockey pro went very old fashioned for the proposal, asking Derek and Julianne's dad for permission before popping the question! "My dad and he had a conversation," Derek said. "He's a very traditional guy. I think I recall after they were seeing each other for a couple of months, he actually asked her, 'So can I be your boyfriend?' And she was like 'Wait, I thought you already were.' And he said 'No, we have to do this officially.' He's a traditional guy."
Derek said his future brother-in-law has already tapped him to be a groomsman, but refused to give more hints about the actual nuptials, only revealing that he expects it will be "something outdoors, in nature." He added, "Sentimental. Something special to us. I have an idea where it's going to be...It's going to be amazing."
Hough said guests shouldn't expect a special wedding dance or performance, however. "We perform enough. We've been on two tours," he said. "Me and [Brooks] might do something funny. We'll have fun. When my family gets together, they dance anyways. They dance more than me and my sister."