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Nick Lachey Reveals How He Proposed to Vanessa Minnillo

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Nick Lachey calls his proposal to longtime girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo “his best romantic effort.”

The couple got engaged in November, but Lachey admits he’d been planning it for a while.

“You gotta take it in stages. If you set the bar too high then you set yourself up for failure,” Lachey tells Entertainment Tonight of his proposal. “This was a carefully calculated plan. You have to set the romance, but you have to take it in phases.”

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So what did Lachey, 36, do when he presented Minnillo, 30, with an Asscher-cut diamond flanked with trapezoids in California last year?

He got down on both knees, a pose Lachey jokingly refers to as “full begging position.”

While her fiancé may be a big planner, it sounds like Minnillo still has a lot of wedding preparations to take care of.

“Gosh, I gotta get started on that,” Minnillo says. “So much to do!”

For now, the couple are spending time together off screen – and on screen as guest stars on Hawaii Five-0.

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