It wasn’t quite love at first sight for Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, though it was something pretty close to it. The actors first crossed paths at the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner and, as photos from the evening prove, Manganiello was caught eyeing Vergara’s ample backside. “I knew right away,” Manganiello told Jimmy Fallon. Stars, they’re just like us!
While the True Blood star certainly isn’t the only guy to have ever been smitten with Vergara’s assets, he is the only one to succeed in wooing her. Several months after the Correspondent’s Dinner, the two went on their first date. But it’s not as if Manganiello had to do that much convincing — at the time, he’d just been named People’s number one “Hottest Bachelor.” Fast forward to Christmas Eve of the same year and Manganiello popped the question (in Vergara’s native Spanish, to boot) while the couple was on vacation in Hawaii.
Recalling the proposal on Access Hollywood, Vergara said: “With me it’s all about the bling-bling, so he knew what I needed.” Manganiello definitely didn’t disappoint. He opted for a spectacularly brilliant cushion-cut, estimated to be between 5-7 carats, surrounded by a diamond pavé halo atop a platinum band studded with even more ice. Equal parts elegant and extravagant, it’s the kind of ring most any woman would be dazzled by.
Below, a few examples of similar engagement rings.