We talk a lot about The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and the people made famous them because of it. What we rarely talk about, though, is the dude who created it. And that dude, one Mike Fleiss, just got married. Contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette aren't forced to get married of course — it's just an elaborate, weird, televised dating ritual born out of the idea that you can find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with from a pool of people picked out by a casting director.
Fleiss, who settled into the rest of his life with now-wife Laura Kaepeller (a former Miss America), did so at the age of 49, a rather different life stage than that of the twenty-somethings he pimps out on his show — though his wife is 26. It was his second marriage: His first lasted twenty-four years, which if you ask me is a pretty respectable amount of time for any relationship to last, even if it ends in divorce.
This wedding, for what it's worth, was Bachelor-tastic: It was officiated by none other than Chris Harrison himself, and the engagement rings were provided by The Bachelor's official jeweler, Neil Lane. Here's to hoping Harrison snuck some Juan Pablo jokes into his speech.