It seems like only yesterday that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jennifer "JWoww" Farley, and Deena Cortese were partying it up on The Jersey Shore. But since retiring their Ed Hardy hats and itty bitty micro dresses, the former MTV stars have been busy getting hitched and having babies. Almost two years ago, Polizzi wed her sweetheart, Jionni LaValle. Then in October of last year, Farley tied the knot with Roger Mathews. And now, Deena Cortese just claimed her spot as the next Jersey Shore alum to walk down the aisle. Cortese just announced that she's engaged to her longtime love Christopher Buckner — and her super stunning engagement ring is definitely worth fist pumping over...
According to Entertainment Tonight, the MTV star's sweetheart whisked her away for a surprise getaway to celebrate their fifth anniversary. "When you think you're just going away for a night for your 5 year anniversary then find out your boyfriend made sure you have off from work but tells your friends at work to make it look like you're still on the schedule then he surprises you with a weekend getaway! Whatttt.. I can't believe he pulled this off," Cortese posted to Instagram on Friday.
But an impromptu vacay wasn't the only surprise Buckner had up his sleeve! While walking on a beach during their Mexico vacation, Buckner romantically popped the question — with a truly gorgeous round-cut diamond engagement ring, no less!
"I always knew I would spend the rest of my life with Christopher," Cortese wrote on Instagram, captioning a collage of photos of the night she officially became a bride-to-be. "But last night while we were walking on the Beach in Mexico he made it official!! We're engaged!!!!!"
A few hours later, Cortese couldn't help but show off her ring again on the 'Gram, in a slew of close-up photos of her bling with its trendy split-shank band and huge center stone. "I felt like the other pictures didn't show how beautiful the ring was," she wrote. "The pic on the left was me a little after he proposed after I was finished happy sobbing lol Christopher did such an amazing job picking me out the perfect ring. It fits my little hand perfectly. This still all doesn't feel real!!!"
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And then on Sunday, the bride-to-be posted one final poolside photo to social media, summing up her picture-perfect proposal weekend with a lengthy, too-cute caption. "I can't believe this is all real," Cortese wrote. "This year has been really hard for me and my mom. I honestly haven't felt 100% happy since my dad passed away ..until this weekend... I'm glad we are able to end the year with a happy moment. I know my dad had a front row seat when Chris proposed and I know he's looking down with a smile from ear to ear. I love you Chris and love that you brought me to this beautiful place for our anniversary/engagement weekend." Aww!
Think Cortese's former co-stars Snooki and JWoww will score bridesmaid status at her upcoming wedding? They'll definitely get the party started at the reception, after all!