Amar’e Stoudemire proposes to Alexis Welch in Paris [photos]

Congratulations are in order for Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire and girlfriend Alexis Welch. The two became engaged in Paris over the weekend.

Stoudemire asked Welch for her hand in marriage while overlooking the Eiffel Tower lights outside of their penthouse at Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile Royal Suite at 11 p.m. local time. He surprised her with a dinner after they spent the day taking a private historical tour of Paris that included stops at the Louvre and other landmarks. 

“I have been planning my proposal for a while and overlooking the entire Paris skyline seemed like a perfect place. I am so happy she said ‘yes,’ and now we can continue to build our life together as husband and wife,” Stoudemire told PEOPLE

Stoudemire surprised Welch with a 8.5-carat diamond ring – reportedly worth more than $1 million –  he designed with the help of celebrity jeweler Shayan Afshar

The two met when Amar’e played for the Phoenix Suns in 2002. They have three children together. The couple reconciled last year after Amar’e briefly dated singer, Ciara.

This is how you propose. In the city of love. 10 years is a long time to hang in there, that NBA ifestyle can be brutal!

The two plan to marry in 2013.