The actress and her new beau, Dean McDermott, say they're "incredibly happy and in love"

By People Staff
December 27, 2005 05:10 PM

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have gotten engaged, the couple confirmed exclusively to PEOPLE.

“We’re so incredibly happy and in love. We cannot wait to start our lives together,” they said in a joint statement to PEOPLE.

McDermott proposed to the former Beverly Hills 90210 star at a Christmas tree farm on Christmas Eve in Toronto, Canada. Dean’s sister put out lights for half a mile leading to a table for two surrounded by decorated Christmas trees. McDermott and Spelling rode up in a horse-drawn carriage, then he presented his fianc e with a diamond and sapphire ring.

“It was so magical. All the stars aligned. I have never been happier in my life,” McDermott told PEOPLE.

Spelling, 32, and McDermott, 39, met earlier this year in Canada while working together on the TV movie Mind Over Murder.

In September, Spelling announced she was splitting from her husband, actor-writer Charlie Shanian, after a year of marriage. The couple wed on July 3, 2004, in an extravagant wedding hosted by Tori’s father, television mogul Aaron Spelling, at his 56,000-sq.-ft. Los Angeles mansion. Shanian, seeking spousal support, officially filed for divorce on Oct. 12.

McDermott filed for divorce on Sept. 9 from his wife of 12 years.

“It just happened,” a Spelling friend told PEOPLE about their romance. “No one meant any harm to anyone. You can’t help who you fall in love with and who you’re right with.”