updated 03/15/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/15/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET
I’m engaged to Emily Maynard!
It’s hard to describe how badly I’ve wanted to speak, type, text and even scream those words for the past few months. I’m engaged!
I can honestly say that I am happier than I’ve ever been in my entire life and I am hoping to provide the woman I love with that very same happiness. It’s been such a strange ordeal to try to “survive” so much speculation, so much scrutiny. Emily is an inherently kind woman and some of the things we’ve had to endure have tested our relationship but here we are – and we’ve made it! We are both looking at this as a brand new start to an already blossoming relationship … the future is in our hands!
The day that I proposed to Emily is one that will forever be etched into my mind. I remember seeing her at the top of the stairs at the vineyard. She literally took my breath away. I remember thinking to myself, “I’m looking at the woman I’m going to marry.” It was such a confident thought, one I had searched for my entire life. I’ve never been in that position before. Countless people throughout my life have told me, “When you know, you just know.” When I got to know Emily, I just knew. I knew I had fallen into love – and it’s a love I wanted to have forever.