EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Bushnell reveals wedding plans with 'Bachelor' Ben Higgins!

Lauren Bushnell Tears Up Over Fiance Ben Higgins, Reveals Toughest Part of Life After 'Bachelor'

It's been almost five months since Bachelor Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell were able to go public with their relationship for the first time. The two are now happily engaged, living together in Denver and closer than ever.

But, a lot has happened in just a matter of months: Ben and Lauren are now filming their own reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, and Lauren just debuted a blog: Sparkle in Her Eye. ET sat down with her at the blog's launch dinner, an intimate event at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

"It's a lot of change," Lauren said. "When everything around me is changing I get a little stressed out, and unfortunately I probably take that out on Ben a little bit more than what's fair! ... [With that change] comes a lot of happiness, a lot of laughs, but also a lot of struggles." Those ups and downs will play out on Happily Ever After?, but Lauren says ultimately things are good: "It's been really fun to kind of step out of the spotlight – the Bachelor world -- and just really start our life together."

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell discuss 'The Bachelor' at AOL Studios in New York on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell discuss 'The Bachelor' at AOL Studios in New York on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors(R_L) Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Live with Kelly and Michael' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: 'Bachelor' Ben Higgins (L) and fiancee Lauren Bushnell visit 'The Lion King' on Broadway at Minskoff Theatre on March 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 18: The Bachelor's Ben Higgins and fiance Lauren Bushnell seen at the Today Show on March 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: TV personalities Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell attend the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: (L-R) TV personalities Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell speak onstage during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Freeform's 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?' stars Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins. (Vu Ong/FreeForm via Getty Images)
THE BACHELORETTE - 'After the Final Rose'- Emotions run high as JoJo sits down with Chris Harrison, live, to talk about her two final bachelors from this season - Jordan and Robby. She takes viewers back to those final days in exotic Phuket, Thailand, when she needed to make her life-changing decision. Both men return to sit with JoJo and discuss the shocking outcome of the show and their relationships. It's the unpredictable ending to JoJo's adventure to find true love on 'The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose,' MONDAY, AUGUST 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'An Offer We Can't Refuse?' - After an uncomfortable lunch date with Ben's ex JoJo and her new fianc�Jordan, Ben and Lauren head back to Denver and begin to discover new things about each other, for better or worse, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Greg Zabilski/Freeform via Getty Images) JOJO FLETCHER, JORDAN RODGERS, BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Freeform's 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?' stars Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell. (Vu Ong/FreeForm via Getty Images)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'An Offer We Can't Refuse?' - After an uncomfortable lunch date with Ben's ex JoJo and her new fianc�Jordan, Ben and Lauren head back to Denver and begin to discover new things about each other, for better or worse, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Adam Larkey/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'Chad to the Bone' - Ben and Lauren head to the woods for a camping trip with some former Bachelor contestants, but all hell breaks loose when villain Chad shows up and threatens to ruin everything, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Adam Larkey/Freeform via Getty Images) LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'A House Divided' - After living in close quarters, Ben and Lauren decide to look at new houses and struggle to find a compromise, causing both to evaluate their current career plans and explore new options, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Josh Vertucci/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell from Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? enjoy a magical day at Disneyland. (Richard Harbaugh/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'Relationship Retreat' - Ben and Lauren go to couples counseling with Grant, Lace and the twins - Emily and Haley - all in good fun until Ben drops a bombshell; then Ben and Lauren decide to go on a road trip to spend time together processing where they are at in their relationship, in a two-hour event of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Rick Rowell/Freeform via Getty Images) ED SHEVICK, FLORENCE 'TOOTS' SHEVICK, LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Lauren Bushnell (L) and Ben Higgins attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Ben Higgins (L) and Lauren Bushnell attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Television personalities Ben Higgins (L) and Lauren Bushnell speak during the 2016 Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - What a Difference a Year Makes - To celebrate their anniversary, Ben and Lauren decide to give back and focus on someone in need by pulling off a surprise home makeover renovation, in an all-new episode of Freeforms original series Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Josh Vertucci/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'What Happens in Vegas...' - The couple arrives for their bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas, but things are a little uncomfortable as no one knows where Ben and Lauren's relationship lies, on the season finale of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Ronda Churchill/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins attend The Knot Gala 2016 at New York Public Library on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Lauren Bushnell (L) and Ben Higgins visit 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on October 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
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EXCLUSIVE: Inside Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell's New Life in Denver

The hardest moment of the past five months had to do with that Bachelor world. "I think the toughest moment in this whole thing was having to relive The Bachelor," she said. "Going through that once is one thing, but having to re-watch it once it airs is a whole other thing. I'm only so strong ... watching the man you love tell another woman he loves her ... is extremely difficult. But honestly, it's made us way stronger and it's forced us to communicate and have really awkward, hard conversations."

Now, the two are starting another phase: wedding planning.

"We don't have a date yet, but we have kind of started the initial phases," she said. "We both kind of talked more about maybe a winter wedding ... Hopefully cameras will catch it, and I think that's something that's really cool, because I know nothing about wedding planning. I wish I could've watched someone else plan! So, hopefully you'll get to see that on the show. ... I would say definitely, but I don't want to make any promises!"

Lauren says she's learned plenty about her future husband since the Bachelor cameras stopped rolling: that he's a morning person (she's a night owl), an amazing chef and her "biggest fan."

Lauren gets teary-eyed talking about how Ben has encouraged her blog. "He's been so supportive this whole time," she said. "Having someone there by your side who tells you you can basically do anything when some things are really scary, especially when it comes to doing something that you've never really done before, it's meant the entire world."

"I'm going from being a flight attendant to a blogger," she said. "[It's] a world I really don't' know a lot about ... So, for a lot of reasons it's a new chapter. I'm very nervous about that, but also very excited!" Sparkle in Her Eye is a chance for Lauren to explore her creative side: "I also had a fanbase that wants to know everything I wear -- makeup, all this stuff," she said. "I wanted to share that with them. It just seemed like it made the most sense."

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Reveal Their Fears About Having a New Reality Show

Of course, the Bachelor world is still a major part of Ben and Lauren's lives. Happily Ever After? is from Next Entertainment, the same company behind the Bachelor franchise. Cameras were rolling at the Sparkle in Her Eye dinner launch, and fellow Bachelor alums Becca Tilley and Ashley Iaconetti were in attendance to support their friend.

Plus, Ben and Lauren had attended After the Final Rose just days before, marking the end of his ex JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette. Lauren says it might seem strange, but she and JoJo are close friends.

"There's so many times where JoJo and myself -- we know exactly what the other's going through," she said.

Her advice for JoJo and Jordan Rodgers? "You're going to face a lot of criticism and yours ups and downs are going to be experienced in the public eye, and I would just say to JoJo and Jordan, 'Don't listen to it!'" she advised.

Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? premieres in October on Freeform.

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