Scotty McCreery and fiancée Gabi Dugal share engagement photos with fans  Instagram/@gabidugal

Make no mistake! When any country star shares happy news, whether personal or professional, we?re just as excited as everyone else and occasionally pop a cork to celebrate. But when Scotty McCreery announced that he and longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal were engaged, it seemed extra special.

Maybe it?s because it seems as if we have watched Scotty grow up before our eyes. From a 16-year-old who blew us away on ?American Idol? with his rumbly baritone, maturity beyond his years, to a college student and a young man of integrity and unwavering faith, we?re proud Scotty chose to be a country star.

And then he introduced us to the apple of his eye.

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In 2011, we virtually met Gabi in his video for ?The Trouble With Girls. While the couple doesn?t confirm that they were officially involved at that point, the chemistry between the two was palpable.

Now, six years later, there?s a ring on her finger and plans are being made for a walk down the aisle. And now the next step in the nuptial journey has been taken and Gabi and Scotty want their fans to see.

In a post on her Instagram page, Gabi shared a collection of photos from the couple?s engagement shoot and to say they are sweet and romantic is an understatement.

Both are dressed casually in jeans, with Gabi changing her top out from a soft silvery gray, ruffle-sleeve sweater to a creamy, flowing blouse. The couple smiles and laughs throughout the shoot, sharing warm embraces and gazing into each other’s eyes, and it?s almost too precious for words.

In the caption, Gabi writes, ?Hello 2018!! ???? A year of many new adventures and I can?t wait to get started! ? Loving our engagement pics from @5ftkrista and @6ftamber ??? Bring on the festivities!! ??

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We can?t wait either! In fact, we don?t want to read anything into any part of Gabi?s comment, but GAH! It?s so hard not to! We want to know what are the festivities she is referring to?an engagement party? Shower? Maybe even the wedding? And, of course, we?re dying to know where she and Scotty will tie the knot. Most likely it will be in their home state of North Carolina, but will it be in Garner? Or will they go to the mountains that they love so much and where they got engaged?


And, the biggest question is?WHEN? When will their vows be exchanged? Waiting is hard.

We know this one is going to be worth the wait, but then again, they all are. And we do have more weddings to look forward to in 2018, including Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae?s big day, and Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd?s walk down the aisle.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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