Call us hopeless romantics, but we believe The Bachelor and its related spin-offs can result in true and lasting love. (Well, sometimes.) The 18-year, 47-season franchise is built around a simple promise: One Bachelor or Bachelorette is given 25 to 30 suitors to choose from, with the season ideally ending with love and a marriage proposal. While drama often steals the spotlight, the franchise has led to many over-the-top television engagements and weddings, and many more happy couples.
While Bachelor Nation is no stranger to break-ups and called-off engagements, the franchise is undergoing a first: Divorce. After announcing their separation in Feb. 2020, Bachelor in Paradise couple Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone filed for divorce in August—just 14 months after tying the knot. And on Oct. 15, one of the original Bachelor Nation success stories—Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum—announced their split after eight years of marriage.
Yet, to prove that true love does exist in the Bachelor world (hello, Trista and Ryan Sutter and Sean and Catherine Lowe!) we rounded up all of the still-standing duos from the franchise right here so you can dive into their love stories and read about the latest in their lives.
Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter
His season: The Bachelorette, season 1
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 1 and The Bachelorette, season 1
Once dubbed the “godmother and godfather” of Bachelor Nation by Chris Harrison, Trista and Ryan were the first couple in the The Bachelor franchise to be (and stay) happily married. When Trista finished second in the debut season of The Bachelor, producers knew she’d make the perfect Bachelorette. Ryan was the top choice as he finished season 1 of The Bachelorette with a handwritten poem and a marriage proposal to Trista. The couple wed on December 6, 2003, as part of a three-episode ABC special. They now live together in Colorado and have two children, Blakesley and Maxwell.
Molly Malaney and Jason Mesnick
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 4 and The Bachelor, season 13
Her season: The Bachelor, season 13
Jason Mesnick served quite the term during his on-air time in Bachelor Nation. In his debut on season 4 of The Bachelorette, he made it as far as runner-up, when bachelorette DeAnna Pappas ended their relationship in the season finale. Mesnick's broken heart was mended when he took the lead on season 13 of The Bachelor. Unfortunately, Jason fell in love with both of his final two women and initially proposed to Melissa Rycroft. However, in the subsequent live special, After the Final Rose, Jason revealed his lingering feelings for runner-up Molly Malaney. He ended things with Melissa on stage and asked Molly for a second chance. Jason and Molly were engaged and married within a year. Now the couple live together in Seattle and have a daughter, Riley.
Jesse Csincsak and Ann Lueders
His season: The Bachelorette, season 4
Her season: The Bachelor, season 13
Jesse Csincsak won season 4 of The Bachelorette, but his relationship with its star, Deanna Pappas, ended within the year. Shortly after, Jesse attended a Bachelor contestant reunion cruise where he met Ann Lueders, a first-episode castoff from Jason Mesnick’s season of The Bachelor. Jesse and Ann hit it off and married in the summer of 2010 in Las Vegas. Today they live in Arizona and have three children. And, perhaps to pay it forward, Jesse organizes Bachelor and Bachelorette reunions!
Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright
His season: The Bachelorette, season 6
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 10 and Bachelor Pad, season 1
Chris Lambton was the runner-up in Ali Fedotowsky's season of The Bachelorette, while southern gal Peyton Wright competed on Andy Baldwin's season on The Bachelor in 2007. Peyton appeared on Bachelor Pad in 2010, where she met Jesse Beck, another one of Ali's suitors, whom Chris knew well. Though she left the spinoff show solo, Jesse invited Peyton to an event that Chris was attending. Sparks flew between Chris and Peyton and they were engaged a year later. Following their June 2012 wedding, the couple signed on to cohost a HGTV show called Going Yard (Chris is a landscaper), and the rest is Bachelor Nation history. Today, they live together on Cape Cod with their daughter, Lyla.
Holly Durst and Blake Julian
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 7 and Bachelor Pad, season 2
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 12 and Bachelor Pad, season 2
Holly Durst, a contestant on Matt Grant's 2008 season of The Bachelor, showed up to the second season of Bachelor Pad with former fiancé Michael Stagliano – the two had a difficult relationship. Blake Julian, from Ashley Hebert's Bachelorette season, also appeared on the spinoff. As Holly and Michael sorted through their feelings, she and Blake began seriously flirting. Holly and Michael went on to win the show's grand prize, but their relationship was over thanks to her new romance with Blake. On the season finale, Michael was shocked as Holly and Blake announced their engagement. The pair tied the knot in June 2012. They live together in South Carolina and recently adopted their first child in 2019 after seven years of struggling with infertility.
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 8 and The Bachelor, season 17
Her season: The Bachelor, season 17
When Emily Maynard sent home Texas-based insurance salesman Sean Lowe near the end of her Bachelorette season, she confessed that she said goodbye to "the perfect guy." ABC agreed and made him the next Bachelor. His season culminated with a proposal to Catherine, a graphic designer from Seattle. The pair beat the odds and became the only couple from the Bachelor franchise to get engaged during the finale and ultimately wed. Sean and Catherine said "I do" on live TV in January 2014 before a crowd of former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants. Their televised wedding special chronicled their planning and decision to wait to have sex until their wedding night. Today, Sean and Catherine live in Dallas with their two sons, Samuel and Isaiah, and daughter Mia, which they welcomed in December 2019.
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried
His season: The Bachelorette, season 9
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 17 and The Bachelorette, season 9
Sean Lowe sent Desiree Hartsock home on The Bachelor, but her girl-next-door persona won her a spot as the next Bachelorette. She fell hard for Brooks Forester, who suddenly left the show before the finale. But former baseball player Chris Siegfried helped her pick up the pieces, and before she knew it, they were yachting through the Caribbean. Chris gave a heartfelt proposal during the finale, and the couple got married off-camera in January 2015. Since then, Desiree has launched her own line of bridal gowns, and the couple has had two sons, Asher and Zander.
Ty Brown and Elizabeth Kitt
His season: The Bachelorette, season 6
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 14 and Bachelor Pad, season 1
When this twosome announced their engagement in October 2013, many were surprised that they were even dating. Elizabeth Kitt, a castoff from Jake Pavelka's season who later appeared on Bachelor Pad, and Ty Brown, a musician who had competed for Ali Fedotowsky's heart, reportedly met through mutual Bachelor friends (of course) and began dating soon after. They got engaged at the home they share in Nashville and tied the knot in March 2013. Five years later, the couple welcomed a daughter, Blakely.
Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 11 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 2
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 19 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 2
Getting an onscreen invite to the wedding of these two Bachelor Nation alums was the sweetest Valentine's Day treat we could think of, and we devoured every moment of The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love special like a heart-shaped box of chocolates. After attempting to win the hearts of Chris Soules and Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert met on season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise, fell madly in love, and tied the knot in a televised wedding which aired on February 14, 2015. The reception was basically a big Bachelor reunion with alums like Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, Trista and Ryan Sutter, Andrew Firestone, Andi Dorfman, and Chris Soules all in attendance. Chris Harrison even officiated the ceremony. Today, Jade and Tanner live in California with their daughter, Emerson, and son, Brooks. Plus, they have a third baby on the way!
Carly Waddell and Evan Bass
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 11 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 3
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 19 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 3
Carly and Evan were an unlikely pair who fell in love through relatively extreme circumstances. On season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, Evan had very clear feelings for Carly, who seemed frankly uninterested in him. Following Carly's trip to the emergency room, her feelings began to grow and by the end of the season, Evan was down on one knee and Carly enthusiastically accepted. The pair wed in the beginning episodes of season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They have since welcomed a daughter, Bella, and son, Charles.
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
His season: The Bachelorette, season 12
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 20 and The Bachelorette, season 12
After suffering heartbreak on Ben Higgins’s season of The Bachelor, JoJo took the reins on her own season of The Bachelorette in 2016. Jordan was a clear front-runner, snagging the first impression rose among many one-on-one dates, and the season ended with Jordan on one knee. He re-proposed with a custom five-carat diamond ring. The pair is still very much in love (according to social media, anyway), and after taking it nice and slow, the two are gearing up for a California wedding.
Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo
His season: The Bachelorette, season 13
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 21 and The Bachelorette, season 13
Following an unsuccessful run on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, Rachel headed season 13 on her own. Of her 24 eligible men, Rachel selected Bryan as winner of the show and her heart. As with many previous seasons, Bryan was the recipient of the first impression rose, and that initial attraction carried him through to the end. After the franchise reportedly did not offer the couple a televised wedding, Bryan and Rachel wed in Mexico in the summer of 2019.
Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 13 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 4
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 21 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 4
An audience favorite from Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, Raven met Adam (of Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette) in Mexico on season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise. The two got off to a late start but left the season together and have remained that way ever since. Adam proposed to Raven in Dallas, Texas in September 2019 and the two are currently planning their wedding (which they've had to postpone three times!).
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 8 and The Bachelor, season 22
Her season: The Bachelor, season 22
After heartbreak on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette, Arie was called back five years later to star in his own season of The Bachelor. In the finale, he ended his relationship with Lauren and proposed to Becca Kufrin. Months later, however, during After the Final Rose, Arie revealed that he couldn't stop thinking about Lauren during his time with Becca, broke things off with her, and reunited with Lauren. During that live show, he proposed to Lauren, promising to make everything up to her. Well, that he did, as the two quickly got pregnant and married and now live together with their daughter, Alessi.
Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 11 and Bachelor in Paradise, seasons 2, 3, and 5
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 19, Winter Games, season 1, and Bachelor in Paradise, seasons 2, 3, and 5
Ashley I. is arguably one of the biggest icons to come from The Bachelor franchise, and wouldn’t we all be heartbroken had she not eventually found love with one of the handsome, eligible men she met there? Finally, in early 2018, Ashley and Jared announced their official couple status after years of an on-again, off-again friendship with benefits. Just months later in June, Jared proposed with a classic Neil Lane diamond while filming Bachelor in Paradise season 5 in Mexico. The pair is clear that this is the real deal and took beautiful engagement photos before getting married in a gorgeous Rhode Island ceremony in August 2019.
Kevin Wendt and Astrid Loch
His seasons: The Bachelorette Canada, season 1, The Bachelor: Winter Games, season 1, and Bachelor in Paradise, season 5
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 22 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 5
Kevin was the "winner" of Bachelorette Canada, and Winter Games, but, sadly, both of those relationships did not work out. Already a fan favorite to viewers in the U.S., his arrival in Paradise was a welcome surprise. He and Astrid hit it off early, but after watching his ex-girlfriend, Ashley I., get engaged on the beach, Kevin broke down, broke things off with Astrid, and with the show. The two both went home from Mexico. Outside of filming, the two reunited and decided to make things work. At the reunion show, Astrid and Kevin revealed they are dating, and that things are going well. In December 2018, Astrid moved to Canada to be with him and Kevin popped the question in 2019! They are currently planning a wedding for 2021.
Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 13, The Bachelor: Winter Games, and Bachelor in Paradise, seasons 4 and 6
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 23 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 6
While Dean Unglert has had several Bachelor Nation relationships, his love for Caelynn Miller-Keyes is still going strong. However, their romance has not been without ups and downs. The couple met as contestants on season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise and immediately hit it off. But suddenly, Dean quit the show claiming he wasn't ready for a relationship—leaving Caelynn alone in Paradise. He later returned to the show asking Caelynn for a second chance and the couple left Paradise to test out their relationship "in the real world." While there's no ring on Caelynn's finger yet, the pair celebrated their one-year anniversary in June 2020.
Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour
His seasons: The Bachelorette, season 15 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 6
Her seasons: The Bachelor, season 23 and Bachelor in Paradise, season 6
While both Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour were eliminated as contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, respectively, they found love while competing in Bachelor in Paradise. After dating for the entire sixth season, Dylan proposed to Hannah during the show's finale. To date, they are the only couple from the season to remain engaged.