Tatyana Ali Engaged and Expecting First Child

03/31/2016 at 09:15 PM ET

Ashley Banks is all grown up!

Former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali is engaged to Dr. Vaughn Rasberry — and the couple are expecting their first child, PEOPLE confirms.

“Planning our wedding has been so exciting, but when we found out we were expecting, our perspective shifted completely,” she told Entertainment Tonight, adding that the pair will tie the knot late this summer.

“We want our ceremony to really celebrate our newest blessing! Plus, I have the best wedding planner, Michael Russo. He’s making everything so fun and stress free!”

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The actress, 37, met online about a year and a half ago.

“Vaughn and I met on eHarmony!” she told ET. “It was my first time dating online. We wrote letters for months before we decided to Skype. And then, of course, met.’

After dating, Rasberry wooed his lady with what she considers the “perfect” proposal. The actress recalled to ET how the pair went on a “45-minute hike in the Redwoods [in Yosemite, California],” which she “absolutely loves.” While in the forest her groom-to-be got down on one knee in a “picturesque clearing,” and popped the question.

“Just the two of us,” Ali added. “It was so thoughtful and perfect. We’re best friends.”

— Naja Rayne with reporting by Sarah Michaud

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Mmmm on

Eharmony commercial anyone?

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Rachel on

Aww…that’s amazing, so happy for her. Congratulations to the happy couple!

nelle on

Aww what a sweet proposal!

Catherine on

They could name their baby Sun Ripened Rasberry. LOL. No, seriously, this is a nice story. I’m happy for them!

Guest on

Congrats honey

Guest on

Aww congrats honey

icky on

Congratulations! I met my husband on the internet — never would have met him otherwise as he lived 400 miles away. That was over 16 years ago and we have been married for 13 years. I wish you much happiness!

Crystalc on

Sooo happy for her!

guestie on

Does anybody get married before having kids anymore? They’re a gorgeous couple!

Lori on

Can’t believe she is 37 years old..

Ldstep on

Beautiful couple……..so happy for them. Did a ‘Google’ search on the fiancé — Dude is super SMART. Best wishes for a healthy baby and a beautiful life!!

Look Behind You on

My spouse and I met on Match.com almost 12 years ago. My advice for those skeptics and hesitant, GO FOR IT…be open minded, have fun and for God’s sake…NEVER SETTLE!

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Anonymous on

She looks great!

Maria on

Aww congratulations.

Jenn on

Beautiful simple proposal. I’m happy for her.

Jenn on

And yes I think eharmony will be calling them soon. 🙂

Ovall on

She is so cute, congrats to her.

Amanda on

Omg please please copy Beyoncé and name the baby Blu and give it the dad’s last name 🙂

KL on

Rasberry… 😀 such a cute name lol

BmoreMomma on

Guestie! Maybe you should try reading the article. They were already engaged and planning their wedding when they found it. Reading is fundamental

Tanya on

She looks great! Congratulations.