updated 07/23/2012 AT 2:30 PM ET
•originally published 07/23/2012 AT 11:30 AM ET
“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.