With The Bachelor season 21 coming to a close tonight and Nick Viall giving away his final rose, we thought it only appropriate to take a fun little trip down Bachelor memory lane. To commemorate this special occasion, we're sharing our picks for the most memorable Bachelor and Bachelorette couples of all time. Read on for our list of the good, the bad, and the ugly — but definitely not the forgotten!
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi
One of the most memorable (and cringe-worthy) on-screen romances (and awkward reunion situations ever), but really, who can forget Jake and Vienna? The pilot and his former-Hooters-waitress counterpart had a very public breakup in their post-reunion show. This, however, all came after the Bachelor contestant had showed up in lingerie, enticed her now ex-fiancé into her bedroom, and left the rest to our imaginations. All we can say is if you're vying for Jake's love, DON'T undermine him or tell him to ask for directions. Just sayin'. A few years make a difference, though — Radar Online reports that Vienna is now a PR Director, and Jake is still flying planes...just not together.
Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney
Jason Mesnick was the heartthrob widower dad that every avid Bachelor viewer fantasized about — who is now happily married to one of his The Bachelor contestants, Molly Malaney. We say contestants because it's kind of hard to forget their path to holy matrimony. Let's just say Melissa Rycroft, who famously received Jason's final rose, got tearfully dumped on television during the reunion special — when Jason declared his love for Molly, the runner-up. Since then, the drama subsided, however, Molly and Jason got married in 2010, according to Just Jared, and welcomed daughter Riley Anne in March 2013 (and we're happy to report that Melissa is happily married with three children as well!).
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici
Bachelor Sean Lowe was known for being a born-again virgin — and also for finding love and getting married on TV! He and now-wife Catherine Giudici got married on live TV on January 26, 2014. More recently, the lovebirds announced they were expecting their first child (by way of Instagram) — with this adorable photo.
Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto
Her latin lover and pro-baseball player swept her off her feet during her season of The Bachelorette, but after an 18-month engagement, Ali broke it off. The reason? "Roberto seemed bothered that Ali was career-minded and had a social life," an insider adds. "He is very old-fashioned when it comes to a woman's places," an insider told People. Ali did end up finding love, just off-screen — the former E! correspondent got engaged last fall!
Brad Womack and Emily Maynard
Even though he ended the series sans life partner TWICE, we have to pour one out for the adorableness that was Brad and Emily circa 2012. I mean, could you both be any better looking? To be fair to Emily, however, Brad is the only Bachelor to appear on the show two times and NOT find love, and he attributes their breakup to his temper, according to Hollywood Life. How could we forget, "Don't poke the bear!"
Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray
On her season of The Bachelorette, Georgian attorney Andi Dorfman picked Josh Murray to be her man — and he proposed. Unfortunately, just a few days after appearing on Chris' The Bachelor season 19 premiere, the two broke up in January 2015. According to US Weekly, the exes have since engaged (not the good kind) in a Twitter war about breaking into each other's emails. Awkward.
Trista Rehn & Ryan Sutter
Taking the title of the OG couple of the series, Trista and Ryan tied the knot on TV in December 2003 (with over 26 million viewers!). Trista was the first woman to be a Bachelorette after being rejected by the first-ever Bachelor on season one. "The way we got together is so not normal," Trista, 41, told People. "But we do live a normal life. Yes, we met in a fantastical way, but it's really what we did after the show that mattered." The two have been together for over 12 years, and have children together. Look who's getting the last laugh (or bouquet of roses?) now!
Ashley Herbert and JP Rosenbaum
After being called an "ugly duckling," and having a rough go-around on The Bachelor, the Philadelphia dentist went on to find love during The Bachelorette season seven. The leading lady found her hunky man J.P., a construction manager from Long Island, and the two tied the knot on national TV in December of 2012. Ashley recently shared with People that she knew about J.P. right away. "I knew it was going to be J.P. very, very early on," she said. They recently welcomed their second child and currently live in Miami.
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth
They made it out of the show head-over-heels for each other, and Kaitlyn and Shawn are still engaged and happy as can be to this day — at least according to their Snapchat. The Bachelorette season 11 contestant picked her man, and now they are ready to tie the knot. Plus, how could we forget about their adorable engagement session? Too cute!
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
Season 20 of The Bachelor was an especially juicy one, with Higgins exchanging "I love you's" to both Bushnell and fan-favorite JoJo Fletcher. Because of this, fans were totally confused as to whom Higgins would give his final rose to. The season was definitely an emotional one, but the former Bachelor eventually decided to choose Bushnell as his lady love, and proposed to her with a 4.6 carat Neil engagement ring. The couple is still going strong amid reports of a breakup, and during the After the Final Rose special, host Chris Harrison tried to convince the couple to tie the knot then and there! Unfortunately, the couple hasn't delved into wedding planning just yet. Stay tuned.
JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers
After getting her heartbroken on season 20 of The Bachelor, JoJo continued her journey to find love on season 12 of The Bachelorette . Rodgers and former contestant Robby Hayes battled it out for the brunette beauty's heart, but ultimately Fletcher went with her heart and chose the sports commentator. During the finale Rodgers popped the question with a stunning 3.75 carat Neil Lane engagement ring. Get this, the sparkler was priced at a whopping $100,000. During the After the Final Rose special, Fletcher confessed to Hayes that she "just couldn't imagine saying goodbye to [Rodgers]" as her reason behind the decision.
Lucky for you, this little trip down memory lane (or ghosts of Bachelor/Bachelorettes past — whatever you want to call it) isn't the last of the fun. Tonight, Nick Viall, will pick his bride-to-be. Will you be watching?