Emily Maynard has returned to Charlotte, North Carolina after her trip to Austin, Texas — and she's still wearing the $50,000 engagement ring that Brad Womack gave her on The Bachelor Season 15 finale.

Credit: Matt Burton/Splash News Photo: Emily Maynard (and Engagement Ring) Make an Appearance in Charlotte Douglas Airport on March 17, 2011

After the show finale on March 14, Emily and Brad snuck away to Austin where they enjoyed the SXSW festival while hanging out with Brad's family and friends.

"I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life," Brad told Us Weekly on Thursday at one of his Austin bars, Dizzy Rooster. "I'm serious. I'm so happy."

"I just put Emily on a plane 3 hours ago," he continued. "She's awesome. She's the best thing that's ever happened to me." And he believes their relationship will work. "Yes," he said. "I swear to God, I'm the happiest I've ever been. Honestly, I'm the luckiest guy." That’s what we like to hear!

Source: UsMagazine.com