Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bates Wedding Date?

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith are headed to the altar this December, the couple tells People Magazine. Next Thursday evening on UP, relive their love story, leading up to Bobby's romantic proposal.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Benfield, UP; video courtesy of UP

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tori Bates' Engagement Photos

As we just announced, Tori Bates and Bobby Smith are engaged! It was a complete surprise to Tori. Bobby picked her up from college and drove out to Wiseman's View in North Carolina.

The couple hiked for a while, and then Bobby popped the question at a scenic viewpoint with an incredible view of the mountains. Both sets of parents were present for the proposal, although they watched from a distance. Kelly actually decorated the spot before the couple arrived.

Bobby completed his ministry degree in May and is working at Gil Bates' church. Tori graduates with her elementary education degree in May 2018. The wedding date has not yet been announced, but the couple is planning to wedding December.

Wondering how many kids Tori and Bobby would like to have? Both say they like the idea of a large family, so we will just have to wait and see!

Click here to see more photos of the engagement on the UP website.

Photos courtesy of Shannon Benfield, UP

Bates Engagement

The big announcement has been made! Tori Bates and Bobby Smith are engaged! Visit for a statement from the couple, and check out the article on the People Magazine site for all the details of the proposal. Bobby spent a month planning the big moment, which took place at Wiseman's View Scenic Overlook in Marion, North Carolina

And those who guessed that the secret special would feature the engagement were correct! Tune in to UP next Thursday at 9pm ET/8pm CT for "From Friends to Fiance."

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Whitney Celebrates 24

Happy 24th birthday, Whitney Bates! Missed yesterday's announcement about Whitney's new job? Click here to read all about it.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Whitney's New Job

 Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Bradley Bates, Kaci Bates

Whitney Bates, mama of two, has just joined the team at Bailey and Co. Real Estate as a REALTOR®. She is new to the office but says she is grateful and excited to embark on this journey.

If you have watched Whitney on Bringing Up Bates, you know that she is a shining light who strives to love the Lord and others. Congratulations on your new job, Whitney!

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