Alexa Ray Joel had an exciting start to the new year! The singer-songwriter, whose parents are musician Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley, revealed that she is engaged to boyfriend Ryan Gleason, sharing the news in a series of sweet Instagram posts on Monday.

“He said to me: ‘Before I met you, my world was in black and white. You colored it in between the lines,'” Joel shared in a caption of a photo of the happy couple kissing. “It was the most beautiful thing anybody’s ever said to me. How could I possibly say no to that?!?!” Though the photo is slightly blurry, the massive ring on her finger let fans know that Gleason had proposed.

Joel admitted that the proposal had her “completely taken off-guard, dumbstruck, and shell-shocked,” joking that for once in her life she was speechless. “I just kept staring at this ridiculously exquisite ring — and he was just hysterically laughing at me!”

In another pic of the newly engaged couple standing on the beach, Joel is seen admiring her new emerald-cut engagement ring — and after seeing the close-up, we can’t say we blame her!


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The bride’s mom, Christie Brinkley, shared an inside peek at the beachside proposal on her own Instagram, admitting that the thought of planning a wedding for the two lovebirds brings her to happy tears. “Ryan is the sweetest, kindest, hard working man who sincerely loves and adores my precious Alexa Ray so I love him too,” she captioned another pic of the happy couple. “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 LOVE!!!”

It’s been an exciting year in the Brinkley and Joel families — Alexa Ray’s half-sister, Sailor Brinkley Cook, made history when she became the first-ever second-generation Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, taking after her mom. And in October, Alexa Ray became a big sister again when her father Billy welcomed a new baby girl, Remy Anne, with wife Alexis Roderick. It’s safe to say that 2018 will be just as celebratory. Congrats to the happy couple!

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