Proving that good things come to those who wait, Lilly Melgar (ex-Claudia, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is finally getting married! "We've been dating for 2 and a half years, but this is our second go at it. We had dated 15 years ago for six months," she tells Soaps In Depth of her fiancé, Robert Monterrosa. "He's a flight instructor, an attorney, and a producer. He's one of the most intelligent men I've ever met in my life, and the funniest!"
Last week, Monterrosa had taken Melgar to his family ranch in Madera, CA, to attend a wedding. Everyone there knew of his plans to be the next to get hitched, and did their best to throw Melgar off track. Wiped out from the festivities, Melgar had intended to hit the hay early, but her beau insisted on staying up late to enjoy a family bonfire. "He took me around the property on a golf cart and then pushed us inside this line of orchards and pretended that we had run out of gas -- I was freaking out that we were gonna get eaten by coyotes!" she giggles. "But then he started telling me that he'd gone to my parents' house the day before and asked them for my hand... my tears started flowing. It was like my body reacted before my brain!" After stepping out of the vehicle, Monterrosa dropped to one knee and popped the question. "I was like, 'Oh my God!' -- I wasn't computing it, because it was just so unexpected, and then I realized, 'Oh he's been down on one knee for a bit now. Yes! Yes!'"
After sharing the news (and her breathtaking diamond engagement ring!) with her mother and her elated 7-year-old daughter, Sophia, Melgar began making wedding plans. "We're getting married in [El Salvadore capital] San Salvadore on November 10," she shares excitedly, adding that she will go by Lilly Melgar Monterrosa upon tying the knot. "We both still have family there and we are both old-school romantic that way, so we think a destination wedding in the country of our origin would be just perfect," she confides. "I'm so happy!"