the bacheloretteJoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers Are Married – Finally!
Six years since their engagement to the show’s finale in 2016, the real estate developer and sports announcer were married on Saturday in front of close friends and family at the Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California.
“It sounds cliché, but I’m actually going to marry my best friend,” JoJo, 31, told PEOPLE. “Everything that’s happened in our relationship has only made us stronger. And we just feel so happy.”
“It feels so good! It took me a while to get here, but it was all so worth it. We’re FINALLY married!!! Can’t wait to start this next chapter of our lives together,” she adds to.
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The bride, dressed in an Ines di Santo dress, exchanged personal vows with Jordan, 33, during the intimate ceremony as family and friends, including Bachelor education Land alumni Becca Tilley, Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk watched.
Later, the guests of the black tie event, designed by Gianna SanFilippo and produced by Leila Lewis of Be Inspired PR, gathered for an elegant alfresco Italian dinner of pasta, steak and fish before the party continued.
“We wanted the atmosphere of our wedding to be traditional in a way, but also playful and fun and unique,” says JoJo. “We’ve been planning for a long time, so we wanted it to be just right!”
Indeed, JoJo and Jordan had instant chemistry during her 2016 season of the reality dating series, and by the end he had proposed. They started planning a wedding in 2019 (after Jordan proposed a second time, off-camera), but the pandemic disrupted their best-laid plans.
“We had a date in 2020, and then we had a date in 2021,” Jordan says. “We kept thinking the world would go back to normal, but it didn’t!”
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The pair say they briefly considered running away, but eventually “understood that time had already been on our side and we decided to just drive it out so the day could be just the way we wanted it to be” , notes JoJo.
Now that the couple is enjoying the newlywed bliss, they are both grateful for how far they have come. “Jordan is everything I’ve always looked for in a man,” says JoJo. “I’m just so ready to start this next chapter of our lives!”