updated 10/22/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/22/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
“This didn’t end the way I wanted it to,” Pieper tells PEOPLE. “I thought Blakeley was the love of my life.”
Pieper, who competed for Emily Maynard’s heart on The Bachelorette, met Jones, from Ben Flajnik’s season of The Bachelor, on the third installment of Bachelor Pad. The pair became partners, cozied up on several romantic dates and by the finale, Pieper shocked fans and viewers by proposing with a Neil Lane engagement ring.