She's got a way about her! Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of singer-songwriter Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley, is engaged to her boyfriend, restaurateur Ryan Gleason.
The couple announced the news on New Year’s Day via Instagram, posting pictures of the beachside proposal and emerald-cut ring. "Luckiest guy in the world!!!!" Gleason captured an image of his hand in hers, while Alexa wrote simply, "🕊⚓️🕊."
The 32-year-old singer-songwriter later revealed details of his exact words and her reaction, writing, "~He said to me: 'Before I met you, my world was in black and white. You colored it in between the lines.' It was the most beautiful thing anybody’s ever said to me. How could I possibly say no to that?!?!" In response, writes Alexa, "…So I was completely taken off-guard, dumbstruck, and shell-shocked- and FOR ONCE in my life, I had absolutely no words, and I couldn’t speak…I just kept staring at this ridiculously exquisite ring- and he was just hysterically laughing at me!!! 🕊💎🕊"
The day after the announcement, mom Brinkley added her congratulations on Insta, posting a picture of the happy couple with the effusive caption "Under the largest moon on the year, my little Moonbeam got engaged, and I am over the moon with joy for these two…Ryan is the sweetest, kindest, hard working man who sincerely loves and adores my precious Alexa Ray so I love him too and while we have always thought of him as family soon he really will be! What [a] beautiful way for our family to start the New Year.…Celebrating their L❤️VE !!!"
So, how far along is Alexa in the wedding-planning process? Well, she’s taken a ring selfie and (we assume) called her parents. And as far as her bridal party goes, luckily Alexa has her sister Sailor Brinkley Cook as the perfect built-in maid of honor.
Congratulations to Alexa Ray Joel and Ryan Gleason!