01/21/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
Talk about a perfect birthday.
Country star Brantley Gilbert received the best gift ever in the form of an enthusiastic “Yes!” when girlfriend, One Tree Hill actress and country singer Jana Kramer, accepted his proposal of marriage in Nashville on Sunday, his 28th birthday.
“We could not be happier!” the couple tell PEOPLE exclusively in a statement from their rep. “We are so excited to share this special time with our loved ones and cannot wait to start the rest of our lives together.”
The couple, who are both nominated in the best new vocalist categories at this year’s ACM awards have been dating about a year.
Gilbert proposed in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium Theater, which he rented out for the day. It is also the site of the former Grand Ole Opry stage, where iconic country couple Johnny Cash and June Carter met.
“I was so surprised!” admits Kramer, 29. “He asked my mom for permission before he proposed, which meant a lot to me.”