The Only Way Is Essex could have its first wedding on the cards after Mario Falcone popped the question to Lucy Mecklenburgh in Spain.

The hunky tailor reportedly proposed to Lucy during a romantic cruise on Friday night while in Marbella filming the ITV2 show's upcoming summer special.

The cameras caught all the action, but producers are keeping the engagement under wraps in a bid to boost ratings.

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Mario and Lucy pictured earlier this year

Lucy was snapped stepping off the boat looking glum - without a ring to show off, and she didn't even drop any hints on Twitter the following day, writing, "Moorrnniinngggg!!!! I'm (in) a very gd (good) mood this morning ! I'm annoying Mario, he's trying to sleep! Hehehe."

She later tweeted about topping up her tan and shared a picture of her fiance with bed-head hair.

It's possible Mario has the wedding bug after watching his sister Giovanna exchange vows with McFly's Tom Fletcher last month.

But TOWIE engagements haven't been so successful - Mark Wright and Lauren Goodger split soon after he got down on one knee.

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