Wedding planning is already under way for Irish rugby star Rob Kearney and fiancee Jess Redden after he popped the question on New Year's Eve during a romantic getaway to New York.
Rob revealed he had been planning to propose to Jess for months in advance, and that he always imagined he would drop the question while the couple were abroad.
"We spent five days over in New York and I proposed our second night in. "It's a cool city and a great place to be, it was nice to get out of Ireland and have a cool city break away for that time of year," he told the Herald.
"I was planning it for just a few months prior to that. It was always my intention to maybe try and get it done abroad somewhere so it was the perfect time to do it, especially around Christmas time.
"There's a great buzz in the city. It was New Year's Eve so there's the huge ball drop in Times Square and lots of people around so it was just something different and maybe a bit more memorable."
The loved-up couple, who have been together for six years, announced their engagement on social media shortly after Rob popped the question.
Proudly showing off her new engagement ring in a photo shared on Instagram, Jess wrote: "Happy NYE from me and my hubby to be."
Rob shared a similar photo on his Instagram account, and wrote: "It's a Yes from NYC!!"
The pair were inundated with messages from well-wishers, including Roz Purcell, Glenda Gilson and Amy Huberman.
Speaking at the launch of Oxfam's Fashion Relief 2020 fundraiser, Rob said while they had yet to pick a date or venue for the big day, wedding plans are already in motion.
"The wedding plans are in very, very early stages, but we haven't made any decisions yet or when or where."
The 33-year-old said friends and family were happy to hear the pair are tying the knot and, despite having not picked a date, they are all currently gearing up for the big day.
"I don't think anyone was too shocked, they're all delighted. I think everyone is just gearing up for an enjoyable wedding," he said.
“Always leave them wanting more,” may or may not have been the words of the greatest showman P.T. Barnum, but it’s a sentiment which has endured centuries for good reason.
Rugby was once a game played by old-fashioned 'real men' who might have baulked at the idea of posing with a cocktail on social media. In the modern era, however, what EM Forster called "the muddied oafs of the ruck" have been neatly replaced by the pretty boys of Instagram. The most successful Irish players have enormous social media followings, enabling their legions of adoring fans to glimpse a voyeuristic taste of the life of a sporting god.