February 23, 2016 03:15 AM

Nicky Whelan

Actress Nicky Whelan is engaged to former NFL football player Kerry Rhodes.

Whelan, 34, announced the happy news on Valentine’s Day with a photo of the couple on Instagram and Twitter.

“I walked into our lounge Friday evening and he was on his knee with a beautiful box in his hands,” the bride-to-be tells PEOPLE. “I saw the sparkle coming out of the box, so pure and perfect and simple. And very unexpected.”

Nicky Whelan

Rhodes, 33, proposed to his fiancée with a 6.5 carat radiant cut canary diamond that was designed by Gabriel Jacobs of Rafaello and Co. Jewelers in New York City.

 “He’s the one … #engaged,” Whelan wrote in a post with Rhodes writing, “She’s the one.”

Karen Mizoguchi with reporting by Catherine Kast

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