The 38-year-old bar owner from Austin, TX, says he knew it was the right decision to propose to bachelorette Emily Maynard, a 24-year-old children's hospital event planner from Charlotte, NC, from the moment he saw the southern sweetheart arrive at the final Rose Ceremony on Monday night's broadcast of The Bachelor's fifteenth-season finale.
"The day that I proposed to Emily is one that will forever be etched into my mind. I remember seeing her at the top of the stairs at the vineyard. She literally took my breath away. I remember thinking to myself, 'I'm looking at the woman I'm going to marry.' It was such a confident thought, one I had searched for my entire life," Womack wrote on his People blog.
"I've never been in that position before. Countless people throughout my life have told me, 'When you know, you just know.' When I got to know Emily, I just knew. I knew I had fallen into love and it's a love I wanted to have forever."
While Monday night's After the Final Rose special revealed the couple has already broken up once since the final Rose Ceremony was filmed in November, Womack anticipates taking things slow but working through every obstacle and eventually marrying Maynard.
"People are going to ask, 'What's next?' The short answer is: nothing (but everything). Emily and I are so excited to begin a very normal life with a very real relationship. No press, no media, no 'exclusive' stories. We are looking forward to movie nights, cups of coffee together, hanging out with her beautiful daughter at the park and anything else that so many couples do on a daily basis. We are looking forward to life beginning together," Womack explained.
Womack also said he is appreciative he received another opportunity to find love and wants to thank viewers for their support despite their initial skepticism about his second chance at The Bachelor.
"I want to take a minute and thank all of you for your continued support throughout the season. I know there was so much controversy involved with bringing me back to be The Bachelor for a second time around. I actually understand why people were so upset. All I can say is thank you so very much for giving me a second chance. You helped change my life," Womack wrote.