Reality Romance! 12 Couples That Found Love on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

The ABC dating show has produced many couples — some married, others engaged or dating. In honor of Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, we're looking back at which former contestants beat the odds and found love.

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are dating game shows, but to the surprise of many, they often result in real love — albeit sometimes indirectly.

The 12-year-old franchise is built around a basic premise: One Bachelor or Bachelorette chooses from 25 contestants, with the promise of a proposal in the finale. Drama often steals the spotlight from romance with the amount of catfights, name-calling, and tears that ensue. After all, real people looking for love on reality TV can get tricky.

And yet, the franchise has produced nine weddings and many more happily dating or engaged couples. The official weddings are well known and often televised: Trista and Ryan Sutter, Jason and Molly Mesnick, Sean and Catherine Lowe, and so on. But "non-official weddings" are even more common among the contestants. These unions are comprised of couples from different seasons that met on spinoffs or at franchise events.

What couples met on the show or through the show? Which pairs were set up by a mutual friend? Even better, who married the lookalike brother of a Bachelorette contestant? (Yes, that really happened!) To celebrate the season premiere of the tenth season of The Bachelorette, we rounded up all of the long-lasting franchise-made couples.

Click on to read all of the love stories from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

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