Celebrity weddings, engagements of 2012

Slideshow posted in Photos | Tuesday, January 03, 2012

4 of 192: Rider Strong, who starred in the hit 1990s Disney Channel series 'Boy Meets World,' revealed on Dec. 27, 2012 that he is engaged to actress and longtime girlfriend Alexandra Barreto, who played his love interest in the 2007 horror movie 'Tooth and Nail' and also starred with him on the short-lived series 'Pepper Dennis.'

This will be the first marriage for the 33-year-old actor. Strong said in a statement via his rep to OTRC.com that he proposed to Barreto on December 23, while her parents were visiting for the holidays.

'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.

Strong also said he designed her engagement ring and that it took him weeks, adding: '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 (it took a while to convince him I didn't want to become an apprentice jeweler -- I only wanted to make this one ring).'

'My brother and I write together at his loft in downtown LA, so I was able to set up a workspace there,' he added. '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.'

(Pictured: Rider Strong and Alexandra Barreto appear in a photo the actor's rep provided on Dec. 27, 2012, the day he announced the two are engaged. / The engagement ring Rider Strong designed for his fiancee.) (Rider Strong)