Entertainment TV Katie Thurston's Family Learned She Was Engaged During 'Bachelorette' Finale — Including Her Aunt! Blake Moynes proposed to Bachelorette Katie Thurston with a 3-carat ring designed by Neil Lane By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 10, 2021 12:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Katie Thurston is engaged — and her family found out at the same time as Bachelorette viewers! Following the elimination of runner-up Justin Glaze, Thurston, 30, got engaged to Blake Moynes in the season 17 finale, which aired on Monday. The proposal came after the pair confessed their love to each other during a one-on-one date following Moynes' first meeting with Thurston's family. Thurston and Moynes, 31, opened up about finally going public with their engagement during the After the Final Rose special on Monday. "It's been awesome. We've been waiting for this for so long," Moynes said. "It's tough to celebrate an engagement, like, secretly. We're just ready to get out and live real life now. We're just excited. This is what we've really been waiting for." Katie Thurston Celebrates 'Kind' Fiancé Blake Moynes' Birthday After Bachelorette Engagement Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes. Eric McCandless/ABC Thurston chimed in, "I will say, my family does not know that we are engaged. They are finding out as Bachelor Nation is finding out!" For more on Katie Thurston's family who learned she was engaged on The Bachelorette finale and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. As for why she didn't share the news? She "didn't trust them to keep a secret," she said. All About the 'Romantic' 3-Carat Engagement Ring Blake Moynes Gave Bachelorette Katie Thurston During the finale episode, Moynes didn't have the easiest experience meeting Thurston's family. Thurston's Aunt Lindsey, in particular, grilled Moynes about the now-engaged pair's future together. "Like, you ultimately mean nothing," Lindsey said to Moynes during their one-on-one conversation. "I hate to break it to you, but like, you better be secure as f--- coming in our family. Because at the end of the day, you're here because we want you here, not because we need you here." Lindsey also questioned Moynes' motives for joining the series after having previously "flunked" on Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams' season of The Bachelorette. Craig Sjodin/ABC Bachelorette Fans React to Katie Thurston's Finale — 'Best Ending Ever' Thurston, who confirmed on ATFR that her aunt wasn't previously made aware of the engagement, said on Tuesday that she didn't anticipate Moynes proposing. "I truly did not think he was going to propose," she said during the couple's appearance on Good Morning America. "And then when he actually got down on one knee and proposed, my reaction was actual shock." "He walked up, he had tight pants on," she recalled. "I looked at the pockets and there was no box and I was like, 'Oh no.' ... I was just trying to not give away that I was so sad." The two then laughed as Moynes revealed the ring was actually in his back pocket. Speaking to PEOPLE in this week's issue, Thurston said she has "no regrets" looking back on her season. "What we went through has really strengthened our relationship," she said of her relationship with her fiancé. "The struggles were worth it."