June 10, 2016 05:45 PM

Baby makes three!

It’s been three years since Desiree Siegfried met and fell in love with Chris on The Bachelorette, and now their relationship is stronger than ever as they await the impending birth of their first baby this fall.

“Chris has been awesome,” Siegfried tells PEOPLE exclusively of her husband of one year. “I wasn’t sure if he’d be nervous or anxious, but he’s so great. He’s really understanding. I’m so lucky.”

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The wedding gown designer, 30, has written a bridal guide, My Fairytale Wedding, on stands now, and jokes, “we’ve really come full circle” since The Bachelorette.

Says Siegfried of her book: “I’ve always wanted to help brides, first in finding their perfect dress and now by teaching them how to plan a wedding stress free. It’s important to take it all in stride. It’s not going to always end up perfect.”

As for Siegfried’s other baby, “I think it only hit me recently that I’m actually pregnant and this is really happening,” she says. “But I’m so excited. We just look forward to growing our family.”

For more from Desiree Siegfried, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

— Aili Nahas

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