Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff

Barely a week after getting engaged, Dancing with the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are gushing about their newly public relationship.

"I'm in love and so is she," Chmerkovskiy told People. "Everything is beautiful."

The two have worked together on Dancing for four years, but only tested the romantic waters fourth months ago. Chmerkovskiy popped the question on New Year's Eve.

"He is such a softie," Smirnoff said of her betrothed. "The way he proposed was so romantic." Chmerkovskiy gave Smirnoff a three-karat platinum and diamond ring — which viewers can start salivating over when two return for Dancing's eighth season in March.

This season, Chmerkovskiy might be lighter on his feet than ever. "Somebody is looking out for me because everything is beautiful and I love it," he said.

What do you think of their surprise romance?