Emily Maynard's Bachelorette days are officially in the past. As Us Weekly previously reported, the former ABC reality star said "I do" to fiance Tyler Johnson in a surprise wedding at Johnson's parents' farm in South Carolina on Saturday, June 7, and—no surprise here!—she made a stunning bride.
Maynard (who is changing her name to Emily Johnson) was resplendent in a strapless gown with a white tulle skirt and an embellished bodice cinched at the waist with a pale pink sash. Her long blonde hair was swept to one side in cascading curls, and she carried a bouquet of peonies as she walked down the aisle.
Guests at the romantic affair thought they were attending an engagement party for the couple, only to discover upon arriving that they were actually at a wedding. "It was romantic and beautiful," an eyewitness tells Us Weekly of the ceremony, which began at sundown and included Maynard's 8-year-old daughter, Ricki, as her maid of honor. "When Tyler saw Emily, he was completely in awe," the onlooker adds.
She was pretty emotional, too—as evidenced by her crying during the vows. Afterward, the group of about 200 friends and relatives danced the night away at a reception. "Everyone seemed to have a great time," the witness says.
Us exclusively revealed in January that the Bachelorette alum, 28, and Johnson, 27, were engaged. "He proposed to me at home and gave both Ricki and me rings," the blushing bride told Us at the time. "It was so sweet...We definitely are looking to get married sooner rather than later. No point in waiting!"
This is Maynard's first marriage. She was previously engaged to her daughter's father, the late Ricky Hendrick, who died in a plane crash in 2004, and to Bachelor stars Brad Womack and Jef Holm. (She accepted Holm's proposal at the end of her season eight run as The Bachelorette in 2012, a year after breaking off her engagement to Womack, whom she met on season 15 of The Bachelor.)