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.
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.
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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.