Emily Maynard’s search for love came down to racecar driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. and entrepreneur Jef Holm on Sunday’s finale of “The Bachelorette.”
After sifting through 25 men, the North Carolina single mom, who was previously engaged to “Bachelor” Brad Womack, picked Jef.
Of course, before Emily could pick Jef, she had to tell Arie the bad news.
“You know how I felt about you from our first date,” an emotional Emily said. “I never thought I’d have to make a choice between you and anybody. I always thought it would be me and you. I’m sorry.”
“I’m shocked,” he told her during the finale. “I completely thought we had something.”
Driving away, Arie told the cameras, “I still believe she is the love of my life. It’s so painful. I can’t believe this is it.”
Following Arie’s exit, Jef arrived and the romance picked up in a big way.
“You really are everything that I’ve looked for, for so long. I really do feel like you’re my soul mate. You are the perfect person for me. You get me better than anybody ever has. I love you so, so much,” he told Emily, as she explained that he was her choice. “I feel like the luckiest man in the world. I think it’s so rare that people find the person that they’re meant to be with. I think it’s so incredibly meant to be that you and I found each other like this here and I’m so grateful that we did. I think God puts the right people in our lives when the timing is just right.”
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Adding, “I’m so in love with you. I promise you if you let me into your life and [daughter] Ricki’s life you will never feel lonely ever again.”
He then got down on one knee and presented Emily with a Neil Lane ring.
“Emily, will you marry me?” he asked.
Emily paused and then said, “Yes,” followed by a kiss.
The newly engaged couple was then joined by Emily’s 7-year-old daughter Ricki. The trio then walked away as Emily told Ricki, “We did it!”