Ian Somerhalder showed lots of love to his girlfriend, Nikki Reed, in a sweet message posted to Instagram on Wednesday. Ian shared an adorable photo of him and Nikki with two of their dogs with a heartfelt caption, writing, “A day with 3 of the most beautiful ladies in the universe… Wow smiling is such a beautiful part of the human experience-I highly recommend it.” He went on to congratulate his dog Nietzsche, who welcomed puppies last year (fun fact: Ian’s former flame Nina Dobrev helped deliver the puppies). The note ended with Ian heaping praise on Nikki, adding, “@iamnikkireed your recent work with Gilt benefiting the @aspca is truly truly extraordinary. Thank you for giving so much of your life and for being a strong voice for those whom can speak. My hat is off to you. You amaze me. Love, Ian.”
Nikki and Ian kicked off their romance with a day at the farmers market back in July. They were also spotted showing PDA at the Teen Choice Awards the following month, but Ian’s cute Instagram post marks the first time he’s officially spoken about their relationship. Though he and his Vampire Diaries costar Nina ended their relationship last year, the two remain close friends.