The Bates family is getting bigger! Trace Bates got engaged to girlfriend Lydia Romike, us weekly specifically confirms.
The 25-year-old reality star poses the question on the terrace of the Embassy Suites hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, on March 21. UPTV personality and 24-year-old Lydia were surrounded by towers of flowers and romantic candles as Trace got down on one knee.
“It’s hard to describe the feelings you feel when you’re deciding to ask the girl of your dreams to marry you,” says Sons of Kelly And Gill Bates mentioned in a special statement to we, “I just know that Lydia is my best friend, and she’s the most positive thing in my life. It’s hard to imagine a day going by without seeing or talking to her. I knew I wanted her forever.” Stayed with me, but planning out where and how and all the details about the engagement was a task!”
Trace continued: “I wanted the timing and setting to be a big surprise to everyone, so I was grateful for my sister’s help. Josie [Bates] and his friend Chloe. It’s hard to believe we’re finally engaged and planning a wedding!”
Josie, 22, and her friend arranged for white bouquets to adorn the ceiling on the happy couple’s big day. Lydia asked for her part we That she was “completely shocked” by the offer.
“I thought Tress was helping his brother Lawson renovate their newly purchased home in Nashville,” the future bride recalled. “He also wrote me pictures of himself working at home, which I later learned were taken earlier just for the occasion. He ‘hire’ our friend Chloe to do a photo shoot on the terrace for me, so I really thought I was going to work.”
The doors to the terrace were covered with black curtains, but Lydia said she “didn’t even notice” that attempt to hide the surprise. “When I opened the door, Trace was standing in her suit in front of this lavishly decorated background and I think I was just stunned for a few minutes,” she said. “Our song was playing on the hotel speaker, and Trace fell on one knee to propose.”
Lydia told we“I don’t think I’ve ever admired him more or been more speechless! He went through so many hoops and planned so hard to make this day perfect for me, and I’m someone like that.” I am preparing to marry someone who loves me very much. I am very happy!”
The newly engaged couple began dating in August 2021, confirming their romance via Instagram in December. “Blessed to call you my ️❤️❤️,” Trace wrote at the time.
A few weeks before marking their relationship milestone, Lydia shared a series of sweet snaps via Instagram on March 7 with her boyfriend, “I love you more everyday.” The official Bates family account replied, “You are all so cute! .”
trace first dated Chane kahleConfirming the start of their courtship in September 2019. However, the two men left it until the following February.
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