Beachfront views, sunsets, sparkly diamond rings—a proposal and final rose ceremony on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette are always quite the to-do. While every season ends with a climactic situation and most likely an engagement, a few finales stick out in our minds more than others. We're sharing our favorite tear-worthy, ugly-crying-is-totally-acceptable proposal moments from the beloved and dramatic ABC reality show series. Are your tissues ready?
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici
One of our favorite caught-by-surprise moments of the series was when the original 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! Nearly six years, a TV wedding, and two babies later, these two are happily married and an exemplary couple of The Bachelor series, all of which we know thanks to their Instagram updates.
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
On her last day as The Bachelorette, JoJo gave out her final rose to aspiring sportscaster and her 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 on 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? Three years after their initial engagement, Rodgers re-proposed to Fletcher in 2019 with a custom five-carat oval-cut diamond ring from the Ring Concierge. The couple is now planning a 2020 wedding in California!
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 toward him and the other contestants. "I feel like I was blindsided 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.
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.
Becca Kufrin and Garret Yrigoyen
While we were still wiping the tears from Blake’s heartbreak, Garrett confidently strode to meet Becca on the beach in Thailand. And after Becca’s tragic ending the previous season with Arie, all we wanted was for her to find complete happiness with someone. And that someone turned out to be Garrett. Down on one knee, he presented a three-stone Neil Lane diamond ring and she exclaimed, “It’s you, it’s us, we’re finally together!” Cue. The. Waterworks. The two recently moved to San Diego together.
Jared Haibon and Ashley Iaconetti
The ultimate Bachelor Nation love story! On-camera and in Paradise, Ashley I. pined after Jared Haibon while he struggled to commit. Off-camera, the two were inseparable friends, frequently traveling cross-country to visit one another. Still, Haibon could not take that step outside of the friend zone. So, she moved on during Bachelor Winter Games with Kevin, but alas, seeing her with another man solidified Haibon's feelings as he realized that he couldn’t bear to let her go. The two began dating and soon after found themselves in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on the very beach where they met. “You’re everything to me,” said Haibon to Iaconetti, as he knelt. “I’ve been a fool, and I’m sorry and I want to make it up to you for the rest of my life.” The couple wed during a romantic Rhode Island ceremony officiated by Bachelor producer Elan Gale in August 2019.
Bryan Abasolo and Rachel Lindsay
Bryan Abasolo received Rachel Lindsay's first impression rose, and after a season of tearful breakups, she knew Abasolo was the only man deserving of her final rose, too. Bryan was somewhat of an underdog throughout the season, but came out on top in his proposal. “You are everything I could ever want in a woman, a wife, the mother of my children,” he said. “I am completely head over heels totally absolutely in love with you.” Though both remained strong and dry-eyed through the proposal, viewers shed happy tears in knowing Lindsay found true love. The two tied the knot in August 2019.
Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson
When villains unite, love abounds! Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson were, admittedly, an unlikely pair. But as they say, in Paradise, anything is possible. Randone had viewers—and Nielson—on the edge of their seats with his proposal: "It would be unfair to the both of us, if I left here today holding your hand..." (cue dramatically long pause) he continued, "because I want to leave here holding your heart." Coming full circle, the pair wed at the same place they had their first date—Mexico! They enlisted Bachelor host Chris Harrison to officiate the June 2019 ceremony.
Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour
Many viewers thought Hannah Godwin would be the lucky woman to land Colton Underwood on the 23rd season of The Bachelor after she received the First Impression Rose. However, as an early fan favorite, Godwin landed a ticket to Paradise after finishing third during Underwood's season. It was there in Mexico where Godwin met (and fell in love with) Dylan Barbour, a contestant on the 15th season of The Bachelorette. During the season finale of Paradise, Barbour got down on one knee saying, "You've shown me a love I never thought existed and I can't leave here without showing you how much I love you." A shocked Godwin didn't know what to say, revealing she was shaking. Of course, she said yes and the engagement was sealed with a sparkling Neil Lane diamond ring! While the couple hasn't started wedding planning just yet (they are focusing on their engagement party first), we hope this is a love that lasts forever!