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Karina Smirnoff: This Engagement Is 'Different' from Previous One


This isn’t the first time Karina Smirnoff has sported ring bling on her wedding finger, but this is the first time she has no reservations about planning to tie the knot.

“This engagement is different,” the Dancing with the Stars professional, 33, told PEOPLE Tuesday at SweetE’s Bakeshop in L.A. “That’s the way I feel about it. I’m completely openhearted, and there’s nothing I would change about it at this point – absolutely nothing.”

Smirnoff and her Detroit Tigers baseball pitcher fiancé, Brad Penny, 32, are progressing nicely with their wedding planning.

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“We’re still finalizing where we want to get married, but all the other projects are falling into place,” she says. “I’m picking out my dress probably in two weeks. We have a place in Atlanta where we’re going.”

Adds the ballroom beauty, “On my wedding day, I’m going to wear makeup from Girlactik Beauty. My skin has been feeling great lately, and my lips are tasting like candy. Brad loves to kiss me when I wear this certain lip-gloss.”

But Smirnoff’s favorite part of planning her trip to the altar? Sharing it with the guy of her dreams.

“I have a man who supports me and loves me unconditionally, so it’s been amazing,” she says. “I’ve been praying and my prayers have been answered, so thank you Lord.”

Smirnoff split from ex-fiancé Maksim Chmermovskiy in 2009.