“I was so ready to ask her”

Dane Cook recently got engaged!

The Good luck Chuck The actor/comedian proposed to singer/gym instructor Kelsey Taylor after five years of dating, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal. Cook popped the question to Taylor on Wednesday, July 13.

“I was so ready to ask her. I was totally zen about it,” Cook, 50, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “The night of the proposal was incredibly beautiful, the weather was perfect, the sunset was spectacular and I was just so happy.”

And he adds of the moment, “I asked my best friend, the woman with whom I have shared some of the best moments of my life, to marry me so we can start the next chapter of our lives together. I was also thinking about how amazing it seems”.

Meanwhile, Taylor, 23, says she couldn’t believe it was happening: “The moment he started reaching into his back pocket, my stomach flipped. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect moment . going through my brain was, “Wait, is this actually happening right now? Is he proposing?” “

“I was also really focused on what he was saying because I was desperately trying to get the words into my brain,” she continues. “They were so beautiful, I really wanted to enjoy them.”

Cook says it was the “best feeling ever,” and afterward, “We sat together on the deck, laughed, held hands, and watched this giant moon shine across the ocean.”

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Cook says he had been planning the proposal for months and decided to do it on a trip to York Beach, Maine, which holds a “special place in our hearts.”

“When we first started dating, we went there on our first trip together, so going back five years later made sense for us,” she says. “It’s a place I spent a lot of time growing up, so I have such fond memories there. After my mother died, she asked me and my siblings to release her to her favorite spot, the stunning location at the tip of Cape Neddick Point, Nubble Lighthouse, where our cottage is located. It just felt like the right place.”

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Adds Taylor, “The fact that he had been planning this for months, designed the ring and coordinated everything so seamlessly without me knowing, it just blew my mind.

“I hugged my mom and couldn’t wait to FaceTime the rest of my family and share the news. My family loves him so much, so they were beyond excited for us,” she adds.

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Cook shares that he and his new fiancee have made “a bunch of plans” and “set a lot of goals” for their future together.

“We just want to continue to inspire each other, build a family together, always be careful and encouraging and keep laughing through it all,” she says.

“I’m going to spend the rest of my life with the person I love and my best friend — what’s not to look forward to?” adds Taylor. “Family has always been such an important part of my life and the idea of ​​expanding it and starting our own family with the man of my dreams fills my heart.”

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