One of the gifts couples receive after getting engaged under the Bachelor umbrella is having the opportunity to walk away with a ring designed by celebrity jeweler Neil Lane. Long a franchise staple, Lane has designed intricate rings for everyone from inaugural Bachelorette Trista Sutter to recently engaged pair Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo. Of course, the same applies to Bachelor in Paradise couples, including to-be-weds Taylor Nolan and Derek Peth, whose engagement aired on the season finale this week.
For his on-screen proposal, Peth selected a classic Neil Lane ring—a platinum piece set with a round center diamond. The center stone is accented by two trapezoid diamonds and matching tapered baguette diamonds. “When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a classic,” Lane tells The Knot. “A round diamond center stone accented by trapezoid diamonds exhibits elegance and grace in its simplicity.”
Nolan, who recently graduated with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, said she was floored by the proposal. “I thought there was a three percent chance. We had talked about taking next steps and what that would look like,” she told People this week. “I was surprised!” Peth added, “We looked at rings to talk about what she does like. We broached the subject a bunch. But I was definitely trying to surprise her.”
Both Peth and Nolan spoke out about the moments they knew it was a match. “I want to feel like I’m my own whole person and just have someone to share my life with. I don’t want to be dependent on someone else to feel good about myself,” Nolan said. “The team aspect is really important to me. Once I expressed that to him he definitely picked right up on it. He was like, ‘Yup we’re a team. I want to be a team.’”
“We were both skeptical of A) the process and B) of each other,” Peth told People. “The first day, we had conversations with other people and they were a little bit shallow conversations and Taylor and I just delved into normal life and we got to know each other like it was a real date… I did know that she is very smart and that’s something that is a very big turn-on for me. That was a hope that was validated instantly.”
The shut-down was a gift for the pair since they were able to remove themselves from Paradise and see what a relationship could look like in reality. “I got to see his kitchen and his bedroom and what his breakfast looked like and learning little pieces of who he was, what’s important,” Nolan said. Even after the program, Peth followed Nolan to Seattle.
“The first time I surprised her. I had my flight back and I had already changed it and I pretended that I hadn’t. She was all depressed that I wasn’t going to be there the next day. We’ve spent a lot of time together. Sometimes too much!” he joked. “What we learned from that was how important communication is and that we’re both able to be our own person. We’re both strong personalities, but we also know how to talk through that. We learned how to handle that adversity. I would rather have that than have it all be rainbows and butterflies.”
Nolan added, “He said he wanted to give me a white picket fence and I said what if I don’t want a white picket fence and he said ‘I’ll paint it brown’ and my heart melted. I was like yes I want my fence brown!”