07/17/2009 at 11:00 AM EDT
Ivanka Trump's fiancé, New York Observer
publisher Jared Kushner, need not worry about impressing his future mother-in-law: She's already a fan of the media mogul.
"I am so thrilled about Ivanka's engagement
," Ivana Trump, who got married
herself, in April to Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi, told PEOPLE Friday. "She and Jared have been a serious couple for a long time, and their happiness has grown as their relationship has deepened."
The beaming mother added that Kushner, a staple on the New York City social circuit, is perfect for her daughter, who's the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization. "It is wonderful to see, feel and hear my beautiful daughter so very happy and in love."
Adds Ivana, "I wish this wonderful couple nothing but a long and happy life together filled with joy. They are wonderful young people, and make a fantastic couple."