Ben Higgins Pens Sweet Message to Lauren Bushnell After Postponing Wedding: 'We Are Better Today Than Ever Bef
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Ben Higgins can't stop gushing over his beautiful bride-to-be, Lauren Bushnell.
After the former Bachelor star admitted he wanted to put their wedding plans on hold during Tuesday's episode of their reality show, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, Higgins took to Twitter on their one-year anniversary to assure fans they are still going strong.
And Nov. 18 is an extra special day for Bushnell, as it's also the birthday of her younger sister, Mollie.
"Today is a very special day! 25 years ago we welcomed my baby sister into this world," the blond beauty shared via Instagram. "I can't imagine life without you @molliebushnell! Today is also the day that the love of my life got down on one knee and asked me to marry him exactly one year ago. Love you @molliebushnell and @higgins.ben."
ET caught up with the adorable duo on Wednesday, where Higgins confirmed they "are together, happier than ever" with "no plans to break up!"
"That's one of the things that's great about doing a show post-Bachelor -- it really does highlight the confusion that life is and trying to get to know each other post-show, and trying to figure out how to get married and make everything work in everybody’s best interest," he explained.
"We're in one of the best places we've ever been in our relationship -- probably the best place," he added. "We're feeling less stressed. We're feeling less pressured. We're able to laugh and smile more. … That decision at that point led us to every decision we've made to get to today."
Bushnell echoed Higgins' sentiments, telling ET that the two had just returned home to Denver from a relaxing, camera-free getaway to Turks and Caicos.
"We both came back just clearly refreshed, at ease and we really needed it," she dished. 'Sometimes you have to listen to your relationship, listen to each other and yourself, and know -- hey, we need some time here."
"Thankfully we're blessed enough that we get to take a vacation. … It was exactly what we needed," she added. "The adventure aspect of it all and doing things together, paddling, snorkeling -- we kind of hit the reset button."
ET's Lauren Zima also chatted with the Christian couple last month at a party for their Freeform reality show, where the two got candid on why they decided to live together prior to tying to the knot.
"I think it's fair," Higgins said. "I think a lot of people are judging us for that because of our faith, and we don't hide the fact that we're Christians."
"Our life had really started out so abnormally, and it was going to be very difficult for us to spend time together with how fast our lives were moving," he continued. "Any amount of time we could be together to get to know each other better, which I think God would desire for us to do before we make that ultimate commitment."