People.com Entertainment TV 'Bringing Up Bates' ' Tori Bates and Bobby Smith Engaged: 'It Feels Like a Dream' "We've been looking forward to this day for so long and it's finally here - we're engaged," Tori Bates and Bobby Smith tell PEOPLE exclusively By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 21, 2017 09:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Bye bye to Bates! Tori Bates and Bobby Smith are engaged, PEOPLE can confirm exclusively. “We’ve been looking forward to this day for so long and it’s finally here – we’re engaged!” the couple says. “The day could not have been more magical, and the moments we shared will never be forgotten.” Add the Bringing Up Bates stars, “It feels like a dream, and our hearts are overflowing with excitement. Thank you for all of your love and support.” Smith popped the question at a scenic overlook called Wiseman’s View in North Carolina after months of planning. He picked Bates up from school in the morning before traveling to the secret spot – which was covered with rose petals and candles in anticipation of their arrival. Shannon Benfield The couple met in 2015 through a mutual friend and officially began courting in November 2016. The relationship was long-distance until Smith graduated from college this year and moved to Tennessee to be closer to Bates. RELATED VIDEO: Bringing up Bates Star Lawson Bates Premieres His New Song! Following their conservative upbringings, the happy couple are saving their first kiss for their wedding day this December. The Bringing Up Bates episode featuring Tori’s engagement airs this Thursday.