First, Victoria’s Secret model Devon Windsor had THE most epic surprise engagement (on an island, no less) June 24. Now, yet another supermodel has been officially swooped off the market—Sports Illustrated Swimsuit regular Samantha Hoopes.
The blonde beauty’s boyfriend, Salvatore Palella, popped the question at the Bulgari Hotel Milano during an Italian getaway trip. June 23 marked the couple’s first anniversary, and how better to celebrate than with an engagement? Ever the romantic, Palella, CEO and founder of car-sharing service Helbiz, proposed at the same spot the pair first met over a year ago.
Both Hoopes and Palella took to Instagram to share the exciting news. Hoopes, who totes a bashful 1 million followers, posted a series of pictures from the proposal four days ago, including a close-up selfie of her new ring and a snapshot of Palella getting down on one knee as she sits, donning a floral-printed midi dress, in an armchair surrounded by roses (381, to be exact). The lovebirds are also seen enjoying a celebratory glass of wine, while musicians serenade them in the background.
“380 days we have looked at each other in the eyes and then (380 days and then381 bc of time zones) .. this morning on the airplane back to where we first met where you presented 381 roses from now until forever we will be together and today we promised to be forever together!!” the 27-year-old captioned the post. “You’re mine @palella and I’m beyond with our love I can’t wait to spend forever plus 381 with you baby 🇮🇹💖💞💙❤️🤤 #howdidigetsolucky #realman #mine 🥂💎 #ifyoulikeitthenyoushouldaputaringonit.”
Palella also posted the same photos to his personal Instagram account, writing, “381 days ago I met you, and today sourrounded by 381 roses the same place where we initially met I got down on one knee with a ring I personally designed for you, you said YES to share the rest of your life with me. I Love You @samanthahoopes #Mine.”
The newly betrothed couple continued the post-engagement celebrations abroad, migrating to Florence for an intimate meal in the elite Gucci Garden overlooking the Florence Cathedral. Hoopes further shared her enthusiasm with another Instagram photo, posted three days ago, featuring a a solo shot of her with the caption, “The future Mrs.Palella 🕺🏼😜🥂💋.”
Engagement looks good on these two so far (and R&R in Italy probably helps, too). Congratulations to Samantha Hoopes and Salvatore Palella!