It’s been almost four years since Bachelor fans first met Raven Gates on Nick Viall‘s season, and she’s definitely become a favorite. Viewers were devastated to watch Nick break the brunette beauty’s heart when he chose Vanessa Grimaldi over her on the season 21 finale in 2017, but looking back, things definitely worked out the way they were supposed to for Raven.
Raven entered the Bachelor mansion a fashion boutique owner, and that’s still true! The star runs a shop called Grey Suede, and she models all of the designs herself on Instagram. The girl is definitely a hustler, and she also has a podcast with Bachelor bestie Alexis Waters called “Girls Night.” It’s clear her career is important to her, and it seems she’s got something new going on every day.
Raven’s killing it in the love department, too. She appeared on season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise right after her stint on Bachelor, and it didn’t take long for her to find Mr. Right. Raven immediately coupled up with Rachel Lindsay‘s castoff Adam Gottschalk, and they stuck it out through the whole season. Fans were disappointed that there was no engagement at the end of the show, but the couple took things at their own pace and seem to be stronger for it.
“I knew I was gonna keep Adam around the first weekend we spent together outside of paradise,” the Arkansas cutie wrote on Instagram in December 2017. “We met in Memphis and had a blast that weekend (after the initial awkward moment we realized OK, this isn’t paradise anymore … this is our REAL lives.)”
Things got even more real on May 31, 2019, when Adam proposed to his reality TV love. “I’m keeping you forever and for always, we will be together all of our days, wanna wake up every morning to your sweet face … Always,” Raven captioned a series of photos showing off her ring with her new fiancé.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic put a pin in their wedding plans, but the couple doesn’t mind rolling with the punches. They did a sweet photo shoot on what would have been their wedding date in May 2020. “We thought it would be so special to do an engagement time shoot in our home,” Raven told Brides. “This way we not only captured our date and our new home, but we also could do it in a safe distance and safe setting. Hey, the more engagement pictures the better!”