After one year of dating, supermodel Chanel Iman and her football star boyfriend, Sterling Shepard, are officially engaged. The happy couple announced the news on their Instagram accounts last night, with a romantic snapshot of the New York Giants player's candlelit proposal.
"A night full of tears of happiness," the Victoria's Secret model wrote, alongside a photo of the couple on a rooftop. "I'm beyond excited to spend the rest of my life with you @sterl_shep3. You are my soulmate, my best friend, my everything! Can't wait to be your Mrs." The New York Giants wide receiver proposed one day after his now-fiancée's 27th birthday, and shared the same photo with an equally-sweet message to celebrate. "The catch of my dreams...can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you!" he wrote.
The duo met at mutual friend Victor Cruz's birthday party last November. "When I first met him, he was in a suit and looked so sharp," Iman told People in July. According to Shepard, his fiancé made quite the first impression on him, as well. "I walked up to her and bought her a drink and it was over after that," he explained.
Both Shepard and Iman live high-profile lives, but enjoy their normal, real-life relationship even more. "We live at the Cheesecake Factory, for real," said Iman. "Salmon for him, spinach dip for me, and some type of pasta." When they have to resume their public positions, they know they have a major support system on the sidelines, said Iman. "I say a prayer before his games," Iman added. "I know Sterling is very strong and I'm confident when he's playing, but I'm a caring girlfriend, you know."