Tuesday, July 24, 2012

'The Bachelorette' winner Jef Holm moving to North Carolina to be closer to ... - New York Daily News

Emily Maynard and Jef Holm.


Emily Maynard and Jef Holm are now enjoying their engagement prior to their upcoming nuptials.

After the final rose on "The Bachelorette," Jef Holm decided it was about time to pack his things and head east - to be closer to fiancée Emily Maynard.

The Utah native, who was the last man standing on the reality dating show Sunday night, appeared with Maynard on "Good Morning America" Monday morning to talk about their plans for the future, and Holm noted that a big move is indeed in the making.

"I'm going to get a separate place there," Holm, 28, said of relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina. "We're going to combine our lives and I'm going to hang out with Ricki all the time and become a car pool dad.

"We're just going to live our lives together and get accustomed with each other, plan a wedding, and when we get married, move in together."

The bottled water company entrepreneur won Maynard, 26, over with his quirky sense of humor and generous spirit, edging out initial frontrunner Arie Luyendyk.

Holm has proven considerate of Maynard's single-mom status throughout the season, even declining a possible stay in the show's Fantasy Suite out of respect for Maynard's and his own family.

On Sunday night's finale, Maynard rewarded Holm's patience by introducing him to her 6-year-old daughter Ricki prior to the show's fateful proposal day, a symbolic marker in the couple's relationship.

But Maynard has thus far not told Ricki that she and Holm are set to wed.

"Right now she knows that Jef is a huge part of my life," she told "GMA" anchor Lara Spencer Monday. "I didn't want to burden her with too much because it was still a secret, and God knows she's the worst secret keeper ever!

"Now that we can be out in public, she's going to know."

The pair is planning a wedding sometime in the near future, and Maynard is already starting to look for inspiration wherever she goes.

"Obviously, I'm a girl to a fault," she said. "I've been looking up dresses online and buying every wedding magazine in the grocery store. We're just king of taking it day by day."


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