Country Singer MacKenzie Porter and Nashville Actor Jake Etheridge Are Engaged

Wedding bells will soon ring for MacKenzie Porter and Jake Etheridge.

The Canadian country singer, 29, and former Nashville actor, 31, got engaged on May 30 after more than five years of dating, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.

“Jake took me out for an eight-course dinner at a new Indian restaurant in Nashville,” Porter tells PEOPLE. “We walked home, and when I opened up our front door, his favorite song [James Carr’s ‘The Dark End of the Street‘] was playing. The floor was covered in candles and roses, there was champagne on ice and he instantly got down on one knee. He said all of the sweet things and asked me to do forever with him!”

“So, we’ve been secretly engaged for a few weeks now — soaking it in with our family and friends,” she adds. “We’ve been best friends for five years and now have a ‘bestie for the restie.’ Surprise!!! We are getting freaking MARRIED.”

Etheridge proposed with a 2-carat, round diamond ring with a hidden halo and whisper-thin twisted band. From the moment he met Porter years ago, he knew she was the one.


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