Former Girls Next Door star Bridget Marquardt — the self-proclaimed "Queen of Halloween" — announced her engagement to horror film director Nicholas Carpenter on Thursday and showed off a very unusual engagement ring.
Marquardt broke the news on Instagram, while also posting closeup shots of her diamond-encrusted, spider-shaped sparkler.
“Happy Oct. 1st!!!" she wrote on Instagram. "Oh…and… Did I mention @nicholascarpenter and I are engaged?”
Marquardt added in a second caption that her fiancé wanted to give her a traditional ring, but she wanted "something different and unique." She clarified, however, that the split-shank, white-metal ring is centered by a diamond pavé spider, not a black widow.
She seems to absolutely love the avant-garde piece her fiancé purchased from New York City designer Lynn Ban. "It's absolutely perfect for me!!" she wrote. "He knows me well!"
In one shot, Marquardt is shown wearing the arachno-ring while Carpenter caresses her hand. In the background is a Halloween decoration — a small banner that reads, "Till Death Do Us Part.”
Since leaving the Girls Next Door reality show in 2009, Hugh Hefner's former girlfriend has become obsessed with Halloween. She has a Halloween costume line and an Etsy store featuring her homemade Halloween accessories. She hosts Hollywood ghost tours, where she hits the streets of LA in the Dearly Departed "tomb buggy" and shares ghost stories while visiting some of Hollywood's famous haunted locations.
Marquardt and Carpenter met at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 and have been a couple since early 2009. The film director is the son of Scott Carpenter, one of the original Mercury astronauts.
Credit: Images via Instagram/bridgetmarquardt.