This years 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards brought together stars under the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 7.

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One couple who kissed lovingly on the carpet was Michael Ray and Carly Pearce.

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The couple recently got engaged in December and have been in cheerful spirits since.

The duo say they fell in love over vodka. Though they had known each other for years in the last year and a half Carly said she had been thinking of him more.

“One night at the Nashville Palace,’ which is a bar in Nashville, ‘changed everything.’ I think we could both pinpoint the moment, that we both were sitting at the bar drinking vodka – which we all know I don’t drink vodka­, but I was drinking it for him.”

“We just looked at each other and we knew,” she continued. “And I don’t know how to explain that and I’ve never experienced that before. But that was what that post meant.

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And then one random night at the Nashville Palace changed everything. ❤️ [photo: @rkdeeb]

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The couple is very vocal about their relationship, something that Carly has never done before.

“I’ve been very quiet with my relationships in the past, and there’s a reason for that,” Pearce told PopCulture.com. “I think I never really was sure of something, until I met Michael. I’ve known him for a long time, but there was just something different. And just like I feel I take you on a journey in all of my stories in my music, this is a really big part of what is making me really happy right now, and I want people to be a part of that and to share in that.”