Just as we anticipate the newest Bachelorette star finding her happily ever after on tonight's finale, a former contestant from this hit ABC show has found his. Ed Swiderski, who proposed to season five Bachelorette Jillian Harris in 2009 (only to break off the engagement a year later) married TV anchor Natalie Bomke in Chicago this weekend.
The couple said "I do" in a sunset ceremony attended by 100 guests on the open-air veranda of The Crown on the 25th floor of the iconic Tribune Tower, People reports. "I feel like the luckiest man on earth," said the former Bachelor Pad star, who proposed to Bomke last fall in the California redwood forest. They met after Swiderski, a tech entrepreneur and CEO of Klever, spotted Bomke, a reporter and anchor for FOX 32 News, on TV and introduced himself over Twitter.
"One magical night!" the new bride wrote on Instagram Sunday afternoon. "#Chicago @eswiderski."
The bride, who wore a Monique Lhuillier lace cocktail dress with a detachable floor-length tulle skirt anchored by an Oscar de la Renta belt, is the daughter of former Illinois state senator Larry Bomke. The politician escorted his daughter down the aisle to the sound of a single violin playing Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love."
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"My favorite part of the ceremony," said the couple's wedding planner Susan Cordogan, of Big City Bride, "was a playful surprise by the groom, who presented each mother with a long-stem red rose and popped the famous Bachelor question, 'Will you accept this rose?'"
The cocktail reception featured a number of special features for the couple, who danced their first dance to John Legend's popular wedding song "All of Me." One of which was the centerpieces, crafted by the bride's mother. The spray-painted silver vases filled with ivory florals, roses, hydrangeas, and baby's breath were placed atop silver-sequined linen-lined tables. The bride's mother also designed a homemade "Just Married" sign to hang on the couple's sweetheart table.
Guests enjoyed mini-sliders and hot hors d'oeuvres, the couple's signature cocktails — an Amaretto Stone Sour that Bomke titled a "Swiderski Sour," and a wine spritzer he titled "Risky Business" — along with a sweet surprise from the bride: cupcakes decorated in the green-and-gold of Swiderski's alma mater, Michigan State. To finish it all off, the newlyweds sliced into a three-tiered wedding cake decorated with a skyline cutout of their beloved Chicago.