Emily Maynard: ‘I Found the Perfect Man’

Emily Maynard and Jef Holm

updated 07/23/2012 AT 2:30 PM ET

originally published 07/23/2012 AT 11:30 AM ET

At Sunday night’s live After the Final Rose special, The Bachelorette’s Emily Maynard and her new fiancé, Jef Holm, couldn’t wait to declare their love for each other.

“I found the perfect man,” said Maynard, who became engaged on the show’s season 8 finale. Maynard beamed as she clutched Holm’s hand. “He’s my best friend.”

“I love her to death,” Holm gushed.

While some viewers were shocked and saddened to see Maynard’s tearful goodbye to racecar driver Arie Luyendyk on the season finale, host Chris Harrison says it was clear to him that the North Carolina single mom’s connection to Utah entrepreneur Holm was undeniably stronger.

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