Apparently the guests thought the event was an engagement party and were surprised to find out the duo was going to say their I-dos. It was kept secret from everyone except a few, otherwise it would not have worked out.
The plan to trick their guests began when they received a viewfinder, which showed an invitation through the pictures that read, “You’re invited to Emily and Tyler’s Engagement Party.”
Maynard’s daughter Ricki is the most important person in her life and she even appeared in the invitation. Everything was kept under wraps and the guests were not even provided a location of the event. Each guest was picked up and driven to the party.
Maynard appeared on the fifteenth season of ‘The Bachelor’ and was chosen by Brad Womack, but they split after the show. She went on the eighth season as ‘The Bachelorette’ and in the end chose Jef Holm as the winner.
When I watched the season I did not think the two were compatible because they appeared to live very different lives. She met Johnson, a management consultant before she began filming her season of ‘The Bachelorette.’ Once her and Holm called off their engagement, she rekindle her relationship with Johnson.
Johnson proposed to Maynard right after the New Year. He did ask permission from Emily’s father and Ricki’s paternal grandparents. Maynard was engaged to race car driver, Ricky Hendrick when he was killed in a 2004 plane crash.
Best wishes to the new family!