The Taken actress announced her engagement to Matthew Cooke via Instagram Wednesday. Grace's friend, photographer Byron Atienza, captured the sweet moment on camera. The actress quoted 13th-century Persian poet and theologist Rumi in the first caption, writing, " The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers do not finally meet somewhere. They are in each other all along." The movie star, 31, added, "Matthew Cooke & I are so excited to share our engagement with you guys! I could not feel more grateful to share my life with this incredible man."
The bride-to-be proudly showed off her bling in the first picture.
Celebrity stylist and interior designer Estee Stanley told Grace that she looked "Gorgeous!!!!!!"
For the second Instagram photo, Cooke dipped Grace. "We're all fancied up for @globalgreen tonight so we thought - let's ask our friend to take a fancy photo!" the actress wrote. "Since we've got the photo thing covered should we just elope?!" Shortly after the backyard photo shoot, the newly engaged couple posed for photographers at the Global Green USA's 12th Annual Pre-Oscar Party at Avalon Hollywood.
At the event, Grace described her ring to USA Today. "It's an antique," she said. "It's from 1810."
Grace and Cooke have yet to set a date. "We're just enjoying being engaged," she said.
The actress has been seeing Cooke, the writer-director of How to Make Money Selling Drugs, for some time. Grace previously dated her Lost co-star Ian Somerhalder, who is currently engaged to Nikki Reed.