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One of the best parts about marriage? Always having someone to celebrate with! With those "I dos" comes a forever cheering partner for new jobs, birthdays, and of course, anniversaries, and that alone is reason enough to break out the cake and confetti. One almost-groom who's just learning this? Former Bachelor Ben Higgins, who just received the sweetest "Happy Birthday" from his fiancé, Lauren Bushnell.
This to-be-wed twosome certainly has a whole lot to celebrate! Fresh off their final rose, the newly engaged duo is already busy with wedding plans, moving in together, and are even talking kids. "I want to hold her hand in public. And I'm excited to work on our house together," Higgins recently told People of their plans for the future. Another relationship milestone for the reality show couple? Celebrating Ben's birthday together for the first time!
Ben's bride-to-be couldn't help but spread the birthday joy, posting a celebratory snapshot on her Instagram page, letting Higgins (and the world!) know just how she feels. "HBD to this handsome man," Bushnell wrote to her sweetheart. "So thankful I get to celebrate with you today and forever!"
Besides Bushnell's too-sweet message, the birthday post also featured three never-before-seen Polaroid pics of the fan favorite couple. And if their silly faces and goofy grins are any indication, it certainly seems like these two are certainly loving their post-reality show life together. According to Bushnell's Instagram, they even recently went on their first official date (sans those pesky cameras!) — a candlelit dinner at New York City's Landmarc restaurant. No, it didn't include waterfalls, helicopter rides, or Jamaican fantasy suites, but it was intimate, private, and oh-so-romantic. That'll definitely score a rose in our book!
A genuine, real life romance and another year of Ben? What could be a better reason to celebrate than that?