Carly Pearce and Michael Ray fell in love fast, but maybe fans didn't realize quite how fast it was. In a new interview with People Now, the singer shares that she knew she would marry Ray after their very first official date.

The "Closer to You" singer has admitted previously that she had a crush on Ray for a long time before she finally began sending him direct messages via social media to get his attention. When they finally did hang out alone together for the first time, they went on a date to the Nashville Palace to take in some classic country music, and it was during that date that Pearce realized Ray was "the one."

She says it was mutual.

"He put his arm around me and we looked at each other, and I promise you, I went to my bus that night to get on tour and I told my band, 'I'm gonna marry Michael Ray,'" she recalls.

How'd They Get Together, Anyways? 

Pearce and the "Her World or Mine" singer went public with their relationship in July of 2018 after dating quietly for several months.

They shared the news of their engagement On Dec. 22 after Ray proposed to Pearce during a romantic trip to the Caribbean.

"All in one simple 'yes,' I said 'yes; to love, 'yes' to peace, 'yes' to faithfulness, 'yes' to respect, 'yes' to kindness, 'yes' to trust, 'yes' to patience and 'yes' to never settling," she wrote on Instagram. "Michael, I would've married you the first night we hung out because I knew then you were the one."

"It’s just easy," Pearce told ToC in November. "He completely makes who I am and the parts of me that make me Carly shine, and I’ve never experienced that before."

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