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Rider Strong, Boy Meets World Star, Engaged: How He Proposed!

USMagazine, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 1:00pm (PST)

More nuptial news from Boy Meets World alumni!

Rider Strong is engaged to girlfriend Alexandra Barreto, the actor's rep confirms to Us Weekly. The 33-year-old star -- who played Shawn Hunter on the'90s teen sitcom -- proposed on Sunday, Dec. 23, and the couple shared a sweet, smoochy pic with Us.

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UPDATE: Strong proposed while Baretto's parents were visiting for the holidays, and shared his romantic proposal story with Us. "I took her for a walk under the redwoods on the property where I grew up in Northern California," he said. "It was pouring rain, but it didn't look like it was going to stop anytime soon, so I just decided to go for it."

And Strong designed and created his future wife's engagement ring himself. "I spent weeks making the ring in secret. I found an old-school jeweler who works out of his basement in Echo Park and asked him to teach me how to do a lost wax casting," the explained to Us. "My brother and I write together at his loft in downtown L.A., so I was able to set up a workspace there. I carved the ring out of wax, and then cast it in white gold. I had my dad make a wooden ring box for me. My dad made my mom's ring, so I was following in his footsteps."

Strong met Barreto on the defunct TV series Pepper Dennis, and they also worked together on a Barack Obama presidential campaign video.

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The sitcom star was back in the news recently with news of Girls Meets World -- an upcoming Boy Meets World spinoff series starring Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, which will focus on characters Cory and Topanga's 13-year-old daughter, Riley.

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"At this point, I have no official involvement in Girl Meets World," Strong said recently. "It's the next generation. And I, for one, can't wait to see it evolve."

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Rider Strong, Boy Meets World Star, Engaged: How He Proposed!

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