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!