In September, American Idol Scotty McCreery proposed to his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal. The adorable proposal took place during a hike in the mountains of North Carolina. He asked her to marry him using a ring that he specifically designed for her. Of course, she said yes!
Now the couple's engagement photos continue their legacy as—arguably—American Idol's cutest couple. Last week, the couple, who have been friends since they were kids, shared photos from their engagement shoot.
Gabi and Scotty met in kindergarten, and Gabi apparently knew he was the one since the very beginning. When they were kids, Dugal says she used to write “Mrs. Gabi McCreery”—surrounded by hearts—in her diary.
McCreery, who won Season 10 of American Idol in 2011, didn’t forget his childhood sweetheart when he rocketed to fame. During the couple’s senior year of high school, nearly six years ago, the couple began dating.
Since they started dating, Gabi, who is a cardiac nurse, has been supportive of her man’s career. She appeared in several of his music videos, including “The Trouble with Girls,” “Feelin’ It,” and “Five More Minutes.”
“My fans instantly embraced Gabi once they learned we were dating and have always been loving towards her,” McCreery said in a statement to PEOPLE. “When she graduated college last year, many of them brought me gifts for her at my shows and book signings. I will always appreciate their kindness to her.”
McCreery also gushed about his fiancee. He’s quite clearly very in love with her!
“I’ve been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened,” said McCreery. “Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife.”
The couple is planning to have their wedding in 2018. We can't wait to see their wedding photos!