It was just over two months ago that EastEnders actress Lacey Turner announced the exciting news of her engagement.
Now, the star has revealed some romantic details of boyfriend Matt’s proposal, and it sounds like he did an excellent job when it came to popping the question!
EastEnders star Lacey and barbershop owner Matt, both 28, got engaged during a mini-break in Venice after 13 years of dating.
Speaking exclusively to OK! magazine, Lacey explained: ‘In September we went on holiday to Barcelona and Venice, but when we got to Venice it was absolutely pouring with rain.’
‘I had planned to propose on a gondola but, because of the weather, I had to move the proposal from the Friday to the Sunday, which was our one sunny day,’ Matt added.
‘I was really chilled out about it all. I only got nervous around five minutes before I proposed.
‘I’d been planning it since we booked the trip two months before, and I’d been emailing back and forth – I knew I wanted to propose to Lacey there.’
It seems Lacey had no idea what her boyfriend had planned, even revealing that the proposal could have almost ended in disaster!
‘We were on our gondola trip and I was just looking around as there was washing hanging from the lines and I was looking at all the bridges, then we went under a bridge and suddenly all of these rose petals were floating down from the bridge above.
‘I wondered what was happening and when I turned around, Matt was down on one knee and there was a man with an accordion playing and a photographer was there snapping away!
‘I said yes straight away, of course! Although, as we cuddled afterwards, the gondola tipped a bit and we nearly fell off!’
It was Matt who first announced the couple’s happy news, taking to Instagram to share a picture of the pair with the caption: ‘She said yes ooooosssshhhhhhhh #fiance@laceyturner’.
In the snap, Lacey can be seen crying tears of joy, with an impressive diamond ring on her third finger.
Fans were quick to congratulate the couple on their announcement, with one writing, ‘Congratulations to you and @laceyturner hope you will be happy together forever’ and another adding, ‘Congratulations to you both, wishing you every happiness’.
A close friend of the couple, actor Josh Myers, shared another picture of the intimate moment, writing, ‘Just wna say a huge congratulations to my best mates @laceyturner and @matty_overgrown on there engagement so happy for you both love you both so much #best #mates #engaged #love #you #both #so #much ❤️❤️❤️’
Lacey and Matt are childhood sweethearts, having first met at the age of just 15. They have been dating on and off since 2007, and rekindled their romance once again back in February 2014.
However, the pair have been notoriously private about their personal life, with Lacey declining to speak about Matt in interviews.
The engagement marked the end of a very happy month for the 28 year old, as she beat off stiff competition to win Best Actress at the Soap Awards, for her storyline about postpartum psychosis.
‘I’m only standing up here because of a whole bunch of people so I would like to thank Scott for everything you do and Dom [EastEnders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins] for letting me come home,’ she said in her acceptance speech, referencing her return to the soap in 2015.
Read the full story in this week’s OK! Magazine – out today