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Scotty McCreery’s love story with his fiancée, Gabi Dugal, is the stuff country love songs are made of. The two first met in kindergarten, and grew up together in their hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Gabi even admits to writing “Mrs. Gabi McCreery” in her diary as a kid.

They started dating during their senior year in high school, and their relationship endured as Scotty toured the country singing for his fans after his star-making turn on “American Idol” in 2011. You’ll recall he won that season.

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Gabi had her own brushes with fame as a result of her boyfriend’s country music success. She appears in his videos for “The Trouble with Girls,” “Feeling It” as well as his latest hit, “Five More Minutes.”

#tbt Trouble with girls then. Engaged now.

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While Scotty performed for his fans, Gabi graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and now works as a pediatric cardiac nurse at Duke University Hospital.

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After years of dating, Scotty finally popped the question to Gabi this past September during a hike near Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

He knew he wanted to do it on one particular rock outcropping that they both love for its breathtaking views.

Scotty tells Rare Country, “We both have always loved going there. Every time we would hike those mountains during the last few months I think she was definitely on high alert. We would pack snacks and water, and I always would notice her peeking to see what I was pulling out of the bag.”

Didn't know I was filming… 😂

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He even wrote and recorded a song just for the occasion.

“I ended up playing her the song I had written for her,” Scotty said “I had thought that maybe I would wait for our wedding day, but I just felt the time was right. It was a very sweet moment.”

Scotty’s fans fully support the marriage, too.

Scotty added, “My fans instantly embraced Gabi once they learned we were dating and have always been loving towards her. When she graduated college [in 2016], many of them brought me gifts for her at my shows and book signings. I will always appreciate their kindness to her.”

As they gear up for the actual wedding, Scotty and Gabi have been sharing their engagement photos on social media. They’re absolutely gorgeous!

After they get married, Scotty says there’s a good chance Gabi could make the move and live with him in Nashville. She’s fallen in love with the city while visiting Scotty at his place near downtown Nashville.

Congratulations, you two!

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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