They haven’t all lasted, as fans of the franchise certainly know, but “The Bachelor” still has yielded some enduring romances.
In a month that’s seeing the ABC series start its 18th round on Mondays, centered on latest candidate-for-love Juan Pablo Galavis, the Chris Harrison-hosted show also is the source of several “Juan-uary” special editions … including its latest on-air wedding as Sean Lowe ties the knot with Catherine Giudici on Sunday, Jan. 26. Before that, they’ll be among the couples featured on ABC’s “The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories” Sunday, Jan. 19.
Initial “Bachelorette” Trista Rehn married fireman Ryan Sutter in a ceremony that was televised in 2003, presumably setting the pace for many other duos matched up by both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” The stats verify it hasn’t quite worked out that way, but “Bachelor Love Stories” focuses on those that have survived.
In fact, Trista and Ryan renewed their vows close to home last month in a Vail, Colo., ceremony that — surprise! — is included in “Bachelor Love Stories.” (OK, it’s not that much of a surprise.) They now have a son and a daughter, and Trista has become an author, with her book “Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart” published in November.
Among the other couples included in “The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories”:
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried. The most recent “Bachelorette,” commonly known as “Desi,” picked Chris at the end of that show’s Season 9 last year. The couple remained engaged at this writing; Juan Pablo was among the contenders Desi said “goodbye” to.
Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum. After she chose J.P. in “Bachelorette” Season 7, Ashley married him in December 2012.
Molly and Jason Mesnick: Jason initially got engaged to Melissa Rycroft in “Bachelor” Season 13, but that was over by the time the show also was, when he was back with runner-up Molly. They were married on TV in 2010, and daughter Riley was born last March.