All reality shows have to have some sort of success story — even though The Bachelor and The Bachelorette don’t have that great a track record of keeping love going, there are those relationships that work out — Trista & Ryan, Jason & Molly, JP & Ashley, Sean & Catherine, etc. Thanks to Bachelor spinoff Bachelor in Paradise, there’s one more amazing love story to add to the list — Lacy Faddoul and Marcus Grodd , whose gorgeous wedding was televised on Bachelor in Paradise during the Season 2 premiere. While television weddings could be seen as cheesy and not at all genuine, Lacy and Marcus’ nuptials seemed to be real and romantic.
Lacy began her stint on The Bachelor franchise as a contestant on Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor (good thing she dodged that bullet), and Marcus got his heart stepped all over by Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman. After missing out on love the first time around, these two got hot and heavy and fast on Bachelor in Paradise . They were totally the couple to beat from the moment the show started. At the end of the season, Marcus and Lacy got engaged on Bachelor in Paradise, and now they’re married!
This gorgeous couple got married in a private ceremony… only it wasn’t that private. In true Bachelor and Bachelorette style, Marcus and Lacy’s nuptials called back to the place that they met — Mexico, on the Bachelor in Paradise set! Marcus and Lacy’s lovely wedding was a shock, at least to the contestants on the show. Host Chris Harrison called the group in for a “surprise," which is never a good thing on The Bachelor, as it usually means a sudden rose ceremony or something. But, they were not to worry — Chris lead everyone to the beach where Marcus was chilling in a white tuxedo.
Lacy entered on her father's arm, and boy, she was absolutely beaming to be walking down the aisle to her almost-husband. Chris Harrison did the honors to marry the two, and I have to say, he's a pretty good officiant. I wouldn't mind having him at my wedding. Marcus and Lacy both wrote their own heartfelt vows, Marcus telling Lacy, "You are my greatest love," and Lacy telling Marcus that, "I did, I do, I will always choose you." I got a little weepy from my couch, not even going to lie a little bit.
I know that it’s hard to believe that a love story is real if the whole thing plays out on a reality show and is punctuated by a wedding seen on national television, but I kind of think that’s just what you get when you’re on The Bachelor and you’re a success story. Comes with the territory, you know? You get your wedding paid for, and you get a beautiful, nationally televised ceremony. Though Lacy and Marcus’ wedding checked all of those boxes, there was also something else to it — their own, non-Bachelor family and friends. It was sweet to see their loved ones there, ignoring the fact that it was a Bachelor in Paradise wedding and just celebrating Marcus and Lacy getting hitched.
At the end of the day, the way they married isn't what matters. The fact that they love each other and just devoted their lives to one another is the big takeaway here. Congrats to the happy couple, free TV wedding and all.
Images: Screengrab/ABC; Courtesy of Julie Wiseman