Bachelor Nation's Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are officially married after meeting on the beaches of Mexico during Bachelor in Paradise. The two had a romantic and over-the-top fairytale wedding in Rhode Island to celebrate becoming husband and wife.
Ashley was introduced to Bachelor Nation in 2015 when she was a contestant on season 19 of The Bachelor, while Jared was a contestant on the 11th season of The Bachelorette, which happened to be the same year. The two left the competitions without love and were immediately whisked away to Bachelor in Paradise season 2 in order to get a second shot at love. The two were back and forth due to Jared being indecisive, leaving Ashley feeling led-on. Ashley was actually known in season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise as the girl who was obsessed with Jared and who was seen crying to the cameras about how her love for him was unrequited. Fast forward a few years and Jared finally decided to take the relationship with Ashley beyond the friend zone. They returned in season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise as guests last year, nearly three years after meeting on the same beaches. It was then that Jared got down on a knee and proposed.
After their rocky relationship, the two lovebirds finally tied the knot. Ashley stunned with two princess-inspired gowns - one lace ball gown with a flowing train for the ceremony and a shorter, simpler satin one for the reception - while Ashley's eleven bridesmaids wore emerald green dresses and Jared's nine groomsmen wore black tuxedos. The ceremony was held in an intimate church in Rhode Island. Although Bachelor host Chris Harrison didn't officiate the wedding, another Bachelor Nation producer, Elan Gale, did. The elegant and romantic ceremony was held for 180 of the couple's closest family, friends, and Bachelor in Paradise castmates. According to People, Ashley said, "We freakishly agreed on everything. Growing up, we had the exact same vision of our wedding, [doing] it as grandiose as it has become."
The reception began with a wardrobe change for the bride and New-England inspired hors d'oeuvres and cocktails inspired by their personalities. The cocktails were named "Ashley’s Tears," "Jack and Rose" and "The Brady Punch" (in a nod to Jared's love of Tom Brady). The newlyweds danced to "Ever the Same" by David Cook. The pair talked about how they both agreed that they didn't want their wedding to be some wild party and distract from the fact that the point is to celebrate their love. She said, "Jared and I from the very beginning have been saying we don’t want our wedding to be a party. We want it to be a romantic experience!"
The couple's chic and elegant wedding was well deserved after the drama they had to endure early on in the relationship in front of the whole nation. It seems that even though these two have had their share of tears, it looks as though it's only smiles from here on out, and they'll no doubt give current contestants of Bachelor in Paradise hope that happy endings are possible.
Bachelor In Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm EST on ABC.