Heather Rae Young And Tarek El Moussa Just Shared New Details About Their Engagement

Emily Becker, Alexis Jones
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From Women's Health

Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young and HGTV mainstay Tarek El Moussa just celebrated their first anniversary by getting engaged. And if all the couple milestones these two have already passed is any indication, this relationship seems built to last. In under a year, Heather and Tarek started dating, hung out together with Tarek's kids, moved in together, and capped it all off with a romantic marriage proposal. But hey, when you know, you know, right?

Heather and Tarek marked their one-year milestone with a cruise to Catalina Island. Tarek says it's a “special place” for them, and they “love to be on the boat together," per People. He surprised Heather by popping the question on the beach, and she said yes. It's safe to say Catalina is extra special now.

This whirlwind romance began in July 2019, and while the journey to finding each other was a little bumpy, these two were so sure of one another when they met that they committed to being exclusive on their second date.

Here's the full timeline of Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa's relationship from the very beginning:

July 4, 2019: The two meet when Tarek spotted Heather on a yacht near his own.

You might even say there were fireworks when Tarek honked his horn to get Heather's attention and asked her out. At the time, the Flip or Flop host had finalized his divorce from co-host Christina Anstead over a year ago and was six years out from recovering from two types of cancer, according to House Beautiful. Heather, meanwhile, was currently in another relationship and turned Tarek down, but she must have also been feelin' the love that day because paparazzi spotted the the two canoodling a few weeks later on July 28 on a yacht in Redondo Beach, Calif., People later reported.

"I’ll never forget the first time I saw her," Tarek recently wrote on Instagram. "It was the last thing I ever expected but I met the love of my life. The second our eyes connected and we smiled at each other I knew my life would never be the same."

July 22: The two become "official" on their second date.

While the couple didn't publicly reveal their relationship status on Instagram until August 8, both noted in their anniversary posts this week that they had actually decided to have "the talk" during their second date.

What other secrets had the couple been keeping? People reported in January 2020 that the two had moved in together (although splitting time between their two houses) a week after their first date, which Tarek also noted in his anniversary Instagram caption.

August 13: The couple appears in their first interview together.

Dressed up and looking very much in love, the two discussed their relationship with PeopleTV for their first joint interview. While both are still filming their own reality shows for their respective networks, unfortunately, there won't be any Selling Sunset/Flip or Flop crossover episodes happening anytime soon.

"I’d love him to but, unfortunately, right now because of his work and his contract, he can't be on the show," Heather tells Women's Health of Tarek appearing on Selling Sunset. "Having a reality show and not being able to show the biggest parts of my life, Tarek, you know... it's been a little bit difficult because I want him [to be] a part of my show and my life. And yeah, it's been like a little missing piece to the puzzle."

December 6: Heather poses with Tarek and his two kids, Taylor and Brayden, for a family Christmas photo.

Based on previous Instagram photos, Tarek's two kids from his marriage to Christina were already spending some QT with Heather, but any doubts of the seriousness of their relationship were squashed when Heather was part of the family's holiday photo. "The kids welcomed me into their life from day one," the luxury real estate agent also tells Women's Health. "Like night one, Taylor made up a dance for me with her cousin. They started calling us 'Teather' from the very beginning. I basically met the family and then never moved out."

May 6, 2020: Tarek and Heather buy and move into a new house together.

The couple finally found a joint real estate venture when they bought one of their own. Though the timing might not have been ideal for a move, the couple told People that they had been looking at houses before the COVID-19 pandemic and were able to make it work with lots of gloves and masks and a little bit of "chaos."

July 22, 2020: Tarek and Heather share #couplegoals anniversary tributes.

As they kicked off their anniversary celebrations, the couple shared a series of photos on Instagram that were serious #couplegoals. "From the first day I met you, to our first date and our second date when we decided to commit 100% before we barely even knew each other," the former Playboy Playmate wrote in her caption. "But we knew what we had was special. We had that butterflies in your tummy, can’t eat, can’t stop smiling soul mate love. ❤️"

July 25, 2020: Tarek surprises Heather by proposing.

During their romantic Catalina Island getaway, Tarek proposed and Heather said yes. He gave her a giant bunch of her fave flowers (5,000 of 'em) as well as a diamond after getting down on one knee.

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She said yes! #FlippingHerLastName @dukeimages

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Speaking of the diamond, Tarak chose an eight carat, colorless, emerald-cut diamond engagement ring. "The diamond is perfect all the way around, just like Heather," he told People. "I also picked this ring because 8 is a lucky number."

Just last week, Heather said marriage might not be in the plan yet. "You’ll see," she told Women's Health with a laugh. "No, no, I mean, hopefully in the future, but I'm leaving that up to my man." (Clearly, that worked out!)

July 30, 2020: Heather shares all the romantic details of their engagement.

Amid their post-engagement bliss, both Heather and Tarek couldn't stop gushing about each other. They both shared more details from their picture-perfect proposal.

She wrote in the Instagram caption of the moment: "I couldn’t see anything as I was walked down to the beach. There were cabanas lined up covering everything. I was rushed around the corner to what I thought would be a dinner on the sand. But when I walked around the corner Tarek was standing there looking so handsome in his tux. I was confused for the first 15 seconds as I walked down the gorgeous candle & flower aisle wondering what the heck is going on. Then I thought OMG is he proposing??? No way!!!! But in my head I talked Myself out of it thinking well I bet it’s earrings!!! I didn’t want to get my hopes up."

Tarek posted the same mid-proposal pic and what's been going through his mind lately. "If you told me 13 months ago I would be engaged today I would have called you crazy," he wrote. "You just can’t predict what’s going to happen. One moment you are sitting there and the next your life is completely different. The second I saw @heatherraeyoung I knew my life would never be the same. She’s not only become my best friend but she’s also incredible to Tay and Bray."

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