A bachelor graduate Luke Pell and girlfriend Amanda Mertz announced their engagement on social media Thursday.
A visiting couple Italyjointly published a picture of Pell, 37, on one knee proposing to Mertz, 35, near the Colosseum in Rome.
They captioned the snap: “When in Rome… We are so excited to finally share the news WE ARE ENGAGED!”
The latest: Bachelor alum Luke Pell, 37, and girlfriend Amanda Mertz, 35, announced their engagement on social media on Thursday. They were photographed on Lake Como in Italy last month
The real estate professional, who appeared on season 12 of The Bachelor, had musicians, a florist and a photographer on hand to create the magical moment. People.
“It feels like a long wait,” Pell said on his way out of the engagement. “There are other moments in my life that I thought I was much closer to. And now I’m finally there.”
Pell said he was “very excited” about the engagement and “excited about the next phase of his life.”
Pell and Mertz, a digital media executive, met and started dating in 2018 and spent some time apart in early 2020 before rekindling their relationship later this year – which was when Pell said they “really started looking at life together .’
The newly engaged couple were spotted at a luxury hotel in Italy last month
The couple was seen vacationing in the Bahamas in 2019
He added: “Sometimes our frustrations or other distractions in life – careers, things and the logistics of life – don’t line up. They push us away.
“And then when you get away from somebody, you realize, ‘Wow, I mean, maybe there’s a problem with what we’re doing.’ We may not be exactly the same people, but we have a lot more similarities than differences. There is something to be said for that. And that’s what it was for us.”
Pell and Mertz have begun discussing the wedding process, the outlet reported, as the wedding could take place in Texas later this year or early next year.
“We’ve talked about every type of wedding at this point,” Pell said. “We started talking about a small wedding with friends and family, and then we talked about big weddings.”
Pell told People that Texas “is a wedding destination for some people” and that “everyone wants to go to Texas and wear a cowboy hat and stuff like that.”
“So, yeah, we have my family ranch in Texas and my mom has been working on getting a wedding venue there for a few years now. So we’re very excited that it’s going to be there.”
The duo, seen on a hiking tour in Sedona, Arizona, together since 2018
The glamorous couple were spotted relaxing on a boat in Capri, Italy
Pell said he and Mertz intend to invite a lot of Bachelor Nation figures.
“There are a lot of people in Nashville that we’re both friends with,” he said. “And that’s why these people would certainly be invited. We stayed close to them.
“And also, with some of the ones I’ve been close with since my season, Chase McNary in Scottsdale, where I spend a lot of time for work … it’s going to be fun to reunite with that family as well. .’
Pell said the “best part” of the engagement is that he and Mertz are “thrilled to just be able to live together.”
“You know, you’re on the same team, and you really start to feel that when you commit and move toward marriage and now engagement. It’s a strange thing to do after spending so many years alone and used to just dealing with life’s problems as an individual. And then when there’s someone who can help with that, it’s just a great feeling.”