Christopher Buckner and Deena Nicole Cortese Credit: American Media/Getty Images

Hold the duck phone: Jersey Shore’s Deena Cortese is engaged! 

Her longtime boyfriend, Christopher Buckner, popped the question November 18 while the two vacationed in Riviera Maya, Mexico. “I always knew I would spend the rest of my life with Christopher,” Cortese, who joined the cast of the MTV series in season 3, wrote on Instagram November 19. "But last night while we were walking on the Beach in Mexico he made it official!! We’re engaged!!!!!”

Snooki’s sidekick showed off her bling — a round-cut diamond set in a diamond-studded band, pictured below — the next day, saying her husband-to-be “did such an amazing job picking me out the perfect ring.” The 29-year-old gushed, “It fits my little hand perfectly ... This still all doesn't feel real!!!”

After relaxing by the pool, the newly engaged couple celebrated with a private dinner in the Iberostar Paraiso Lindo resort’s presidential suite, and returned to their room to find their bed covered in rose petals and topped with two kissing swans made of towels. 

Buckner originally surprised his fiancée with the weekend getaway at one of their favorite vacation spots in honor of their five-year anniversary, but it turns out the timing of the engagement has additional significance to Cortese, who lost her father in June.

“Chris couldn't have picked a better time to do all of this especially with the holidays coming up and me and my mom being super sad about not having my dad here,” she continued on Instagram November 19. “I'm glad we are able to end the year with a happy moment. I know my dad had a front row seat when Chris proposed and I know he's looking down with a smile from ear to ear.”

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