"It was a shock. We weren't even trying," the 27-year-old former The Bachelor bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars participant toldUs Weekly.
"It's the most wonderful surprise in the world. It's such a blessing."
Rycroft originally appeared as one of the bachelorette's vying for Jason Mesnick's heart on The Bachelor's thirteenth season, which was filmed in late 2008 and aired in early 2009.
She got engaged to Mesnick during the taping of The Bachelor's Final Rose Ceremony -- but he later dumped her on-air in favor of runner-up (and eventual wife) Molly Malaney during the January 2009 taping of the season's After the Final Rose special.
However Rycroft quickly entered into a new relationship of her own and reunited with former boyfriend Tye Strickland, whom she had previously dated on and off after meeting three years earlier, and the couple subsequently got engaged in June and wed in December.
After her rejection by Mesnick, Rycroft also accepted an offer to join Dancing with the Stars' Spring 2009 edition as a last-minute replacement for injured Access Hollywood co-anchor Nancy O'Dell. She eventually finished third behind Gilles Marini and eventual champ Shawn Johnson.