Entertainment TV 'The Bachelorette' 's Katie Thurston Opens Up About Finding True Love with Fiancé Blake Moynes "I'd do it all over again if it meant I'd get to be with him," says Katie Thurston of her journey to finding love By Aili Nahas Aili Nahas Aili Nahas is the West Coast Deputy News Editor at PEOPLE. She is also the TV deputy in Los Angeles as well as the Weddings Editor. Aili has spent nearly two decades in the entertainment industry and 12 years at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 9, 2021 11:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email In the weeks since their romantic engagement while taping the season finale of The Bachelorette, Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes have gotten to know each other even better — this time, away from the cameras. "We're opposite in the kinds of movies we like — I like scary, he doesn't," Thurston, 30, tells PEOPLE. "And we talked about our love languages — I'm words of affirmation and he's physical touch, let's be honest!" On a deeper level, Thurston and Moynes, 30, say the time they've connected since the finale of what proved to be a very dramatic season, only proves that everything happened for a reason. Katie Thurston Gets Engaged to Blake Moynes on The Bachelorette Finale: 'This Was Meant to Be' Blake Moynes and Katie Thurston. We are the Rhoads "I have no regrets," says Thurston, who not only navigated tension amongst the contestants, but the shocking exits of two of her finalists — Greg Grippo and Michael Allio. "What we went through has really strengthened our relationship. The struggles were worth it." Blake Moynes and Katie Thurston. Craig Sjodin/ABC For Thurston and Moynes, who joined the season in episode four, the connection was instant. For more on Katie Thurston opening up about finding true love with fiance Blake Moynes and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to the show, "we had talked very casually in DMs," says Thurston. "I thought he was hot, but I didn't think much of it. When I met him in person, something about his energy shifted my mind completely. I knew this was going to be a strong relationship." Every Bachelor and Bachelorette Couple: Where Are They Now? Blake Moynes and Katie Thurston. abc / Getty For more from Katie Thurston, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, or subscribe here. For Moynes, "the physical connection was there right away," he says. "I wanted to kiss her the first time I met her! Everything just felt so natural. I was never nervous with her." Watch the full episode of People Features: The Bachelorette on PeopleTV.com or on the PeopleTV app. Now, as they plan their future together, Thurston says she and Moynes are "more in love" than ever. "We think the same way about the world," she says. "Blake is passionate and funny and I feel so confident in what we have. I'd do it all over again if it meant I'd get to be with him."