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We might still be awaiting (and not so patiently, we might add...) the newest season of The Bachelor to see if the third time's the charm for Nick Viall, but we just got a sneak peek at one of the group dates of the upcoming season — and it's a '90s girl dream come true! The ladies and Viall just headed to the IHeartRadio theater for the recent Backstreet Boys concert, where The Bachelor cast took the stage. Because what's a date without a choreographed group dance, right?
Who needs a trip to Jamaica? This is our version of a fantasy date! The season 21 contestants — in matching outfits, of course — and Viall attended the Backstreet Boys concert and slayed the stage (see video below), according to E! News. After the Backstreet Boys performed "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," the concert got a reality show twist when the ladies began performing a choreographed group dance around their sweetheart.
But the performance wasn't just a surprise treat for the audience — it was a competition amongst the contestants! At the end of their performance, the Backstreet Boys themselves practically took on rose ceremony duties by choosing a winner of the dance-off. The prize? A sweet slow dance to "I Want It That Way" with Viall as the other contestants watched from the sidelines. Our past teenage selves are SO jealous right now...
"You're like my personal Ryan Reynolds," Backstreet Boys member A.J. Mclean joked to Viall. "Not only is Nick handsome, he can move." If we weren't already looking towards the upcoming season, we definitely are now!
"Nick seemed to have a lot of fun," said one onlooker. "The girls are definitely into him and definitely wanted to grab Nick's attention during the group date." Is it too early for us to be planning Viall's future televised wedding?
Beachfront views, sunsets, sparkly diamond rings — a proposal and final rose ceremony on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette are always quite the to-do. But even though every season ends with a climactic situation and most likely an engagement, there are some situations that stick out in our minds more than others. Today we're sharing our favorite tear-worthy, ugly-crying-is-totally-acceptable proposal moments from the ABC reality show series.
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
On her last day as a single girl, The Bachelorette, JoJo gave out her final rose to her aspiring sports caster and main squeeze, Jordan Rodgers. While the season as a whole was very tumultuous with lots of twists and turns (and some pretty lame attempts at playing football), when it came down to it, Rodgers was the one for her. And he echoed her sentiments equally, luckily not fumbling the play: "You're my best friend, you're my soul mate. I'm gonna keep you safe, I'm gonna protect you, I'm gonna wake up every morning and choose you, over and over and over again until you tell me I can't." I mean...what girl wouldn't say yes to that sweetness? The two are still together, and are rumored to be planning a spring 2017 wedding date, according to People.
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Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
When Ben Higgins met Lauren Bushnell on The Bachelor Season 20, he shared in the finale that he knew that she would be the one. And she pretty much felt the same. "You're my person. I love you," the finalist shared with her soon-to-be husband at the final rose ceremony. The Colorado State Representative candidate completely shared her sentiments at that moment, saying, "I want to go to bed at night and know that in the morning I'm going to go to bed and wake up to the most beautiful woman I've ever laid eyes on." He continued as his bride-to-be stood, stunned. "I want to hold you, love you, kiss you a lot," he said playfully. And with that, he dropped to one knee and popped the question. And the rest, is history (except for a quick reality show chronicling their road to marriage — which we are waiting with bated breath to watch).
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Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried
The Bachelorette Season 9 didn't disappoint with an epically teary proposal. Originally torn over her feelings for Brooks (who rejected her right before the final rose), Des was very open about how she felt towards him and the other contestants. "I feel like I was blind-sighted by my feelings for Brooks that I couldn't see that the one thing I always needed was right in front of me. You've been by my side from the very beginning. You never lost sight of what we could be. And for that I am so grateful — and I thank you every day for not giving up on me. You mean the absolute world to me. I love you so much." At that moment, Chris pulled her face into his hands and kissed her. Cue the tears — and the proposal. "I want to grow old, and gray, and wrinkly with you," was her response to his fateful question down on one knee. All. The. Feels. And now, they're married.
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Brad Womack (The Second Time) and Emily Maynard
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After not proposing to both of his finalists on his first round of The Bachelor, Brad Womack was given a second chance on the show to find love. And lo and behold at the end of his second rodeo, he finally got down on one knee to ask everyone's fave southern belle, Emily Maynard, for her hand in marriage. "Emily, please make me happier than I've ever been in my life," he said while proposing. She obliged readily. "I would love to," she said as they embraced. While we pretty much thought they'd go off into the sunset, get married and make the most beautiful babies ever, all while living happily ever after thanks to the pretty proposal, the After the Final Rose show elicited a bit of the couple's pre-marital troubles. A short while later, they appeared on the follow-up show and Emily shared it all, saying that it wasn't going so well. Sure enough, the pair broke up not long after. It was fun hanging out with Barbie and Ken while it lasted...
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Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum
Before it all went down and we were totally jealous of Ashley H (#4lyfe) since she pretty much snagged the cutest Bachelor contestant (and construction manager) of all time, there was an adorable beachfront proposal. "The hardest thing out of all this has been not knowing. I'm an open book," he said to her seconds before his proposal, sharing how nervous he was that she wasn't going to choose him. "I'm so in love with you. You're the one, you're it. You mean the world to me. Ashley, will you marry me?" The proposal was followed by a sunset makeout session. Fast forward a few years and the two are happily married with two children, living in Miami.
One of our favorite caught-by-surprise moments of the series was when the virgin bachelor said, "I want to spend the rest of my life telling you I love you — and making you feel like the most special, beautiful woman in the world." What woman doesn't want to hear that?! Clearly Giudici was totally blown away, as you could visibly see her hand shaking and her attempts to *breathe* while her future husband proposed. We feel you, girl! Three years, a TV wedding, and a baby boy (let alone a marriage consummation) later — these two are happily married and an exemplary couple to The Bachelor series, all of which we know thanks to their Instagram updates.
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Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth
A poolside final rose ceremony was just the beginning for these two lovebirds, who are currently engaged and living together IRL. At the ceremony, Shawn put it all out there for his potential bride-to-be. "All I wanted to do was make you the happiest girl in the world. I love you so much Kaitlyn," he shared. "You are the one, and you always will be," she returned. Even with a sweet and heartwarming ceremony, the pair only recently decided to move in together, and they're definitely taking things slowly (nothing wrong with that as in The Bachelor world two months is a long time). Either way, when the time comes, we know the future Mrs. Booth will make for a stunning bride!
He's no longer a bachelor (well, almost) — and loving it. Saturday was the official one-year anniversary since Ben Higgins saw Lauren Bushnell on The Bachelor, and the two commemorated their first meeting on the reality show by doing what any couple would do — enjoying a trip to Las Vegas.
The reality stars spent the weekend in Sin City at the iHeartRadio Music Festival while enjoying the anni of their first meeting (and while simultaneously filming their new Freeform spinoff reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After), according to E! Online. At the festival, the lovebirds listened to a slew of music artists while hanging out with some friends from the reality show (and possibly some exes*). Jojo Fletcher, Becca Tilley, Haley Ferguson, and Emily Ferguson were all there, but it seemed like the reality duo only had eyes for each other.
"I heart @laurenbushnell #iheartfestival," Higgins captioned his Instagram photo of himself swooping in for a dramatic kiss with Bushnell. His fiancé posted a matching snap, captioning it, "iHeart @higgins.ben #iheartradio." Their insta feeds were filled with lovey-dovey shares throughout the weekend, with Lauren also posting a photo of them, writing, "One year ago today my life completely changed. So incredibly blessed to have met this amazing human." Again with the matching Instas, Ben responded with a sweet message, "Happy one year from meeting you babe! No better way to celebrate than #iheartfestival." The happily engaged pair also went to a group dinner at Scarpetta inside The Cosmopolitan.
"Ben and Lauren are the biggest Bachelor couple of the last 10 years," Karey Burke of Freeform explained in a statement according to E!. "Their romance captured everyone's attention, and we are delighted to continue their story on Freeform."
Even though they're still celebrating their "firsts" (including Easter and their first glance post-limo exit this past week), it sounds like the engaged reality stars are already getting ready for marriage and babies. "Neither of us want a long engagement," Bushnell revealed. Ben chimed in as well, noting, "I want a huge reception. How often in life do all your friends and family gather in one room to celebrate something?" On the topic of babies, they were pretty gung-ho about starting a family stat. "Lauren is a really good caretaker," Higgins said of his fiancé. "She wants a dog and kids. First we'll get the dog!" "We want three kids," notes Bushnell. "I want a girl in the mix."
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers were engaged long before we watched The Bachelorette present Rodgers with her final rose on our TV screens. But while waiting for the season finale to air, the reality TV couple were forced to keep their relationship under wraps and hide that Neil Lane engagement ring from the world — or else we wouldn't be simultaneously squealing at our TV screens in surprise and downing glasses of rosé, would we? Of course, the in-love pair just couldn't stay away from one another, so they did what any couple does when they try to sneak in some romantic alone time during the early engagement craziness: They donned disguises! (What? You and your fiancé never tried this?) Rodgers just revealed that he and his bride-to-be went incognito for an undercover date before The Bachelorette finale aired. And he even shared a you-gotta-see-to-believe photo for proof!
This isn't the first time a Bachelor Nation couple resorted to some crafty costumes to see one another before getting the OK from producers. Last year's Bachelorette duo, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, also donned super sneaky wigs and sunglasses for a pre-finale outing. But it's Rodgers' and Fletcher's alter-egos that have us LOL'ing.
The former NFL quarterback recently shared how he and Fletcher snuck past the Bachelorette producers' watchful eyes thanks to their incognito ensembles. "There was one time, we were in L.A. for a couple days, separate, so I borrowed a buddy's Halloween costume — a mullet wig and a trucker hat," Rodgers told Entertainment Tonight. "And took an Uber to her hotel and was kinda sneaking around a little bit."
Then, Fletcher joined her beau in a big blonde wig and a hilarious princess hat for a bit of undercover couple fun. "Our producers don't know!" she said. "We didn't get caught! You can't be mad!"
No one could possibly be mad after seeing the too-funny photo of their disguises that Rodgers just shared on Instagram. "The last time we were in Chico together you might have met our alter egos Goldie and Ricky... Oops #sneaky #sorryABC," the groom-to-be captioned the sneaky snapshot.
First comes the rose, then comes the ring. So what comes next for The Bachelorette couple, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers? The engagement party, of course! The to-be-wedded duo were just treated to a surprise engagement bash at their hands of both their families. The things we would've done to score an invite...
After Fletcher chose Rodgers as 'the one' and the groom-to-be in turn proposed on The Bachelorette finale just a few weeks ago, these two have been moving forward with their relationship at warp speed. And why shouldn't they? After all, the too-cute couple were forced to keep their love under wraps until the much-anticipated finale aired. Two weeks ago, the reality show sweethearts made the move from Tennessee to Texas to move into their nearly-wed nest in Dallas. And next on the agenda was an engagement party to celebrate their relationship status!
The darling duo headed to a Texas restaurant on Saturday night where they were expecting to meet a few friends for dinner, according to E! News. But they were actually in for quite the sweet shock when both of their families were there for a surprise engagement bash. "My heart is so full!" Fletcher captioned an Instagram snapshot of her and her hubby-to-be's families. "Jordan and I were going out to what we thought was just a little dinner with friends but instead walked into a room full of both our friends and family to celebrate in our engagement. We are so incredibly blessed," she wrote, including the hashtag "#fletchersmeettherodgers."
Rodgers was also moved by the surprise gesture, sharing a photo of himself and his older brother, Luke Rodgers, and writing "When you think you are just going to dinner with your fiancé and a few friends and you walk into a room full of both your families and best friends! So blessed to not only have found the love of my life @joelle_fletcher, but have an amazing family and new family to share a life with. So blessed to do life with these people!"
It's always a relief when the families of the bride and groom get along. And if these photos are any indication, the future Fletcher/Rodgers family dinners and holidays are bound to be a blast!
First comes the rose, then comes the moving van! Less than two weeks after The Bachelorette finale aired and we all watched JoJo Fletcher present her finale rose to her now-fiancé Jordan Rodgers (while simultaneously squealing at our TV screens and downing glasses of rosé, of course), the to-be-wed pair are officially shacking up! Fletcher and Rodgers just took another major step in their relationship, as they moved in together in their new Dallas, Texas digs. And best of all, they documented every step of their trek on social media for all to see! Can you say score?
They're one step closer to the altar, y'all! (Still crossing our fingers that we get to watch their "I do's" on TV...) Fletcher and Rodgers have only been able to flaunt their relationship in public for a matter of days (the too-cute couple were forced to keep their love under wraps until the finale aired), but now these two are out and about — and taking on a major relationship milestone. The Bachelorette couple took what looks like an epic road trip from Tennessee to Texas to move into their nearly-wed nest in Dallas. And these photos will have you wishing that you were riding shotgun!
"DALLAS — we are coming home!! 10 hour road trip... HERE. WE. GO," Fletcher tweeted at about 4:30 Wednesday morning, as the couple began their journey bright and early. But as chipper as the former Bachelorette sounded, she soon dozed off — leaving her almost-hubby to document her zzz's in the most hilarious set of tweets and snaps!
"The #JoJosleepswatch2016 is underway on this road trip. 25min and counting," Rodgers wrote. "46 min in and we have movement," he later updated his fans, but it looks like he spoke too soon. "FALSE ALARM folks... just a nose itch and a reposition. Back on the clock!" Too funny! Rodgers even took a few snapshots of his sleeping fiancé. Again, why weren't we riding shotgun for all of this?!
Bushnell recently revealed that they are just starting the wedding planning process now. "We haven't set a date," Bushnell told Us Weekly. "We definitely started talking about it more, and I think we both agreed that August we actually want to sit down and start planning, so that includes setting a date, that includes the place. We have been throwing around some locations, and I think we've narrowed it down to the area that we want to get married. We're thinking 2017."
Though she may not know what her wedding dress will look like or where they'll exchange vows, Bushnell did say that the couple is hoping to have their wedding filmed, but she didn't specify whether or not fans can expect a television special about the wedding.
"Hopefully we'll have cameras there, so it could, kind of, not only document the fun aspects of it for us later in life, cause we're gonna watch it back, but also for our fans and for Bachelor nation."
We have trouble believing that Bushnell and Higgins' nuptials won't end up on television, especially since they are currently being followed by cameras as we speak. The couple has been recently filming Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, a show focused on their life post-The Bachelor. The camera crew even followed the couple as they went on a double date last week with new Bachelorette couple JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers, which is something we can't wait to see when the show airs on Freeform in October.
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As for life in between filming television shows and walking down the aisle, Bushnell told Us Weekly that she enjoys doing little romantic gestures for Higgins to keep the spark alive.
"I've been getting up extra early and making him breakfast," she told the magazine. "I can tell that he really appreciates it, so getting up early, I'll have the coffee made, I put his mug out and I make him breakfast in the morning, and I'm not a morning person so that's, like, a big step for me."
Celebrity, News, The BachelorComments Off on The Bachelor’s Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Double Date with JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
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Start practicing your officiant lines, Chris Harrison, and break out the rose bouquet because it sounds like Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins of Bachelor fame are getting closer and closer to tying the knot! The Season 20 couple recently spilled their upcoming wedding plans, how they're enjoying their to-be-wed status, and, oh yeah, the double date they recently went on with The Bachelorette's JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. Awkward, much?
Double dates with your ex and their significant other? Only in Bachelor Nation! After Ben Higgins chose current fianc&eacut;e Lauren Bushnell and said goodbye to JoJo Fletcher during the Season 20 finale of The Bachelor — after saying "I love you" to both women, we might add! — Fletcher snagged the Bachelorette title and found love with her now-fiancé Jordan Rodgers on Monday's season finale. And to celebrate, the foursome headed out on the town for a double date!
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According to an eyewitness, the two engaged couples chatted over mimosas and sushi, with the brides-to-be comparing and complementing one another on their engagement bling. Reportedly, Higgins also told his ex how happy he is to see that she's found love. "He said it was crazy that seven months ago he was ending a relationship with JoJo, and was genuinely concerned about her and that he is so happy that she found in Jordan what he has with Lauren," the source shared with Entertainment Tonight. "JoJo kept saying over and over, 'It's so hard to explain the process of what we have gone through to find love.'" All's well that ends well, right?
But it's only the beginning for Bushnell and Higgins. Since announcing their engagement back in March — with a gorgeous Neil Lane engagement ring, of course — the couple has moved in together in Denver, Colorado, and the perfect pair is currently filming a new reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?. But don't let that question mark fool you, as The Bachelor couple seems just as in love as ever. "It's been really fun to kind of step out of the spotlight — the Bachelor world — and just really start our life together," Bushnell recently told Entertainment Tonight. And that of course entails — drumroll, please... — wedding plans!
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"We don't have a date yet, but we have kind of started the initial phases," said the blonde beauty. "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!"
We're here to help, Bushnell! Just give us a ring — and a rose!
If JoJo Fletcher had any doubts about her choice on Monday's season finale of The Bachelorette, we're sure the diamond engagement ring Jordan Rodgers proposed with squashed them with its shine. We're not saying the woman is shallow, but have you seen that thing?! The new beautiful bauble that has since taken up residence on Fletcher's finger is sparkly enough to stop traffic! It's been two whole days now since we watched Rodgers get down on one knee, and we're still not over that engagement ring. Where do we get one of those beauties?! From Neil Lane, of course — the resident ring designer of The Bachelor franchise. But unfortunately, it comes with a price tag just as hefty as everyone's hatred for this season's villain, Chad Johnson. (Sorry, Chad...)
As per usual with all Bachelor and Bachelorette cast members, Rodgers enlisted the help of jewelry designer Neil Lane (good gig he's got there, right?) to create the perfect engagement ring for his future bride-to-be. And as always, Lane came through. The former football quarterback eventually settled on a platinum sparkler featuring an oval-cut center stone surrounded by a halo of over 155 pavé diamonds. Le sigh...
"I knew right away which one I wanted for her," Rodgers told People of his spot-on choice. The engagement ring weighs in at 3.75 carats, according to E! News, and cost an estimated — wait for it... — $100,000. Yep. Just imagine all the rose ceremony roses you could buy with that kind of dough.
"It's stunning and classic," mused Fletcher of her new engagement ring. And Neil Lane himself also approves of the stunning sparkler, saying "Jordan loved the sparkle around the band. And it was clear he's madly in love with JoJo. He's smitten."
And now, a few months after Rodgers popped the question and the to-be-wed pair filmed the finale, he's still smitten! The reality TV couple recently just celebrated their first official date outside of the Bachelorette mansion. (They were forced to keep their relationship a secret until the show aired.) No more elaborate helicopter rides, roses, and champagne for these two, as their über-casual date night consisted of matching sneakers, burgers, and fries, all of which Fletcher documented on her Snapchat.
Hey, just because the bride-to-be has 100k wrapped around her finger, doesn't mean the to-be-wedded couple can't go on a cheap date every now and then!
She may have been the runner-up on Ben Higgin's season of The Bachelor, but this time around Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher has won at love — and in style. Last night, Fletcher chose Jordan Rodgers as the recipient of her final rose and in return received a stunning Neil Lane engagement ring from the former NFL quarterback. And although the oval-cut diamond sparkler certainly has us smitten, it was the no-longer-a-Bachelorette's dress that had us seriously swooning. The pale blush gown Fletcher wore during the finale was totally giving us rehearsal dinner and beach wedding vibes, and shockingly, the frock is totally affordable — if you know where to shop, that is! Brides-to-be, pull out those credit cards — your future rehearsal dinner or wedding dress now costs less than your bridal mani/pedi!
For her final rose ceremony, Fletcher wore a Badgley Mischka chiffon gown. With its elegantly embroidered bodice and romantic flowing skirt, the look was delicate, dainty, and gorgeous enough to make anyone get down on one knee (just ask Jordan!). But don't let that fabulous designer label fool you into thinking that you're out of the running for donning Fletcher's dress for a pre-wedding party or your beach bash. The to-die-for frock that normally retails for a pricey $1,190 is now available for a mere $150 on Rent the Runway. Yes, really!
"We were trying to go soft and delicate," The Bachelorette's stylist, Cary Fetman, explained to People magazine. Fletcher's finale dress — dubbed the "Blushing Ballerina Gown" — fit that vision to a tee. And if you're a bride-to-be going for a similar vibe during your nautical nuptials, Badgley Mischka's airy and ethereal frock might be just the wedding dress for you. Sure, Rent the Runway is a wardrobe renting service so you'd have to return the dress after the "I do's," but were you really planning on wearing your wedding gown more than once anyway?
As if you needed another reason to snag the sweet chiffon dress for yourself — besides the fact that it's ridiculously beautiful, of course — it certainly seems to have had quite an effect on the fellas. Fletcher's sweetheart, Jordan Rodgers, is still smitten with his fiancé — and obviously that's all to do with her finale gown, right? Shortly after the final episode of The Bachelorette aired, Rodgers penned the most lovely of love letters to Fletcher, which he posted on Instagram. Captioning a photo of himself and his fiancé walking on the beach (with Fletcher still rocking the Badgley Mischka, of course), he wrote "When you look back at your life it's those little moments when one decision completely changes the course of your life. A few months ago I took a leap of faith that took me on a journey that lead me to the love of my life."
"I love you more than anything!" the Bachelorette winner continued. "You are the most amazing woman on this planet, you are my best friend, and my rock. You are the best thing I wake up to in the morning and the last thing on my mind at night. Today is not the start of our love story, it's the start of a new chapter. I have grown to love you more and more with every passing day. I loved reliving the greatest day of our life tonight." (Clearly because of the dress right, Rodgers?)
"You are my everything," the groom-to-be wrote, closing his sweet social media shoutout. "And I'm so ready to marry you and do life with you!"
We, on the other hand, are just as ready to see Fletcher's future wedding dress! If her finale gown was this gorgeous, just imagine how stunning her bridal style is bound to be...