Country star Stephen Barker Liles has proposed to his longtime girlfriend - and she said yes.

The Love and Theft singer/guitarist popped the question to Jenna Michelle Kennedy on the beach in Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday (28May13).

He tells, "Jenna and I were planning on a sunset dinner at Fresh Catch Bistro, and I called ahead and told them... to say that the table wouldn't be ready for 30 minutes so that we had to kill some time and walk on the beach."

Barker Liles had a friend set up cameras on the sand to capture the special moment, but his cover was almost blown when she quizzed him about the snappers: "(She) asked what they were doing, and I said, 'Probably just watching the sunset!' Then we walked closer and I got down on one knee and begged her to be mine forever.

"I am so blessed to have (Kennedy) in my life and for us to become one. She is my best friend and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life."

The couple is planning to wed next May (14).

It's a special time for Love and Theft - Barker Liles' bandmate Eric Gunderson recently became a dad to a son named Camden.