by Terri Pous
Emily Maynard tried twice to find the love of her life on reality television, but her brand-new fiancé Tyler Johnson was waiting for her off-camera! Us Weekly reported Tuesday night that the single mom with a heart of gold got engaged to Johnson, a management consultant, on Jan. 4.
Johnson proposed with five (yes, five) diamond-studded rings, in lieu of a standard engagement ring. When explaining her unique engagement jewelry, Maynard cheekily referenced her three previous engagements (to her daughter Ricki's father, the late Ricky Hendrick, Bachelor Brad Womack, and Jef Holm, her chosen suitor from The Bachelorette). "I've had enough engagement rings!" she told Us.
Were it was her first engagement, it would still be a sweet gesture! The proposal was especially sentimental because Johnson included Ricki in his declaration of love. "He proposed to me at home and gave both Ricki and me rings," Maynard revealed. "It was so sweet! Ricki loves him more than she likes me!"
Excuse us while we mist up with emotion. When blending families, inclusion should happen as soon as the commitment is real. Johnson either watched Maynard's season of The Bachelorette and saw how important marriage and family is to her, or he is naturally thrilled to become Ricki's father-with that ring, it looks like it's the latter!
The couple reportedly met before Maynard filmed The Bachelorette, but they didn't start dating until after she split from Holm.
For her first wedding, Maynard told Us that she will waste no time becoming a wife. "We definitely are looking to get married sooner rather than later," she said. "No point in waiting!" Not that we're surprised to hear that: Her Instagram account is filled with photos like the one above captioned, "it's going to be a good year :)".
Between this adorable twosome, Juan Pablo Galavis' nascent journey for love, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici's televised Jan. 26 wedding, and Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried's engagement, it's going to be a big year for The Bachelor!
Congratulations to the happy couple!