updated 07/10/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/11/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
After he braved public speaking in the Hyde Park, searched the streets of Prague to steal extra time – and kisses – and worked up the courage to declare his love for Bachelorette Emily Maynard in Curacao, Sean Lowe was sent home sans rose in a final-three shocker.
PEOPLE caught up with the Dallas insurance agent, 28, at last weekend’s Men Tell All reunion taping, where he admitted it was “a little weird and awkward to see Emily again,” because “it transported me back to a very sad moment in my life.” Still, he was able to reflect.
What went wrong?
I don’t think anything went wrong necessarily. Me, Ari and Jef are three very different guys. We all have our own great qualities and, I’m sure, we all have a few that aren’t so great. At the end of the day, Emily realized I’m not the one for her and had to make the decision that was best for her. It was hard to accept at the moment, but I’ve come to realize that when I find my wife, she’s not going to have any doubts about whether I’m the one she wants to be with forever.