Emily Maynard, former contestant on The Bachelor and Bachelorette, is engaged to Tyler Johnson, whom she met at church.

Maynard, 27, reportedly met Johnson months before she began filming her season of The Bachelorette in 2012, but the two did not begin their romantic relationship until after Maynard ended her engagement with Jef Holm, who won her heart on The Bachelorette.

After her turn on the reality dating show, Maynard returned to her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives with her daughter, Ricki, 8. According to sources, Johnson not only asked Maynard’s parents for their daughter’s hand, but also spoke with Ricki’s paternal grandparents, Rick and Linda Hendrick (Ricki’s father, Maynard’s former fiancé, died in a plane crash in 2004), before popping the question.

Johnson proposed at Maynard’s home, which he decorated with flowers.

“She was crying. She’s super happy. He’s her best friend,” a source told E! News.

As documented in The Bachelorette, Maynard is very close to her young daughter, and Johnson made sure to involve his future stepdaughter in the proposal.

“He proposed to me at home and gave both Ricki and me rings. It was so sweet! Ricki loves him more than she likes me,” Maynard told Us Weekly.

Maynard’s non-traditional engagement ring consists of five separate bands. Maynard says she’s had enough traditional engagement rings – she has been engaged three times before, to Ricki’s father, Bachelor Brad Womack and Holm.

Maynard says she and Johnson are wasting no time in planning their nuptials, saying, “We definitely are looking to get married sooner than later. No point in waiting!”

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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