During an romantic sunset on the beach, Baskauskas surprised his girlfriend of four years, Christy Petersen, with an engagement ring.
Petersen, a model and clothing designer, had just finished a photo shoot on Saturday afternoon in Big Sur for her women's line, DAWN. At the end of the shoot, she and Baskauskas, 32, sat on a rocky outcrop to watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean. As dusk fell, Baskauskas dropped on one knee and proposed, presenting her with a handmade ring by jewelry designer Jessica Seaton. The ring, set in rose gold, sports a sliced diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds.
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Although Petersen was surprised by the proposal, Baskauskas had been planning it for several weeks, and made sure that a photographer was on hand to snap photos of the moment.
When he's not competing on Survivor, Baskauskas is a singer/songwriter who performs under the name Odd Us. Despite his comfort in the limelight, he admits to being a bit tense before he popped the question. "I didn't think I'd be nervous," he tells PEOPLE, "but when push came to shove, I was super nervous."
Fortunately, his nerves were all for nothing. "She said yes," he says, "and we celebrated that night over Mexican food and margaritas!"