"We are very happy about planning our future together," the bride-to-be tells PEOPLE
There weren’t 29 million people watching this proposal – which was just fine by Helene Eksterowicz.
The lucky man? Andrew Goodman, a senior technology consultant for IBM whom Eksterowicz has been dating for a year and a half.
“We are very happy about planning our future together,” the middle school psychologist tells PEOPLE.
Goodman proposed during a birthday trip to the Poconos last weekend, catching Eksterowicz off-guard.
“I thought we were just going up there to celebrate my birthday, but boy was I surprised! We stopped somewhere to have a drink after a long day of snow-tubing and sightseeing and Andrew proposed after singing a karaoke version of the song ‘Fire and Rain,’ ” she says. “I almost thought it was a joke!”
Adds the bride-to-be: “Andrew is a great guy – handsome, loving, family-oriented, hardworking and very non-Hollywood, which is perfect!”
Eksterowicz plans to wed this summer and has already started daydreaming about the big day. “We want to do something different, like have our reception at a winery or unique venue,” she notes. “We’re really excited!”
Buerge, meanwhile, returned to his hometown of Springfield, Mo., following The Bachelor and married Angye McIntosh in 2009.