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The Bachelor's Renee Oteri Is Married!

The Bachelor

Renee Oteri Marries Bracy Maynard

Originally posted 03/21/2014 06:30AM

That was fast!

Less than one month after Renee Oteri got engaged to Bracy Maynard, the happy couple are now husband and wife.

"And THAT just happened. I married my best friend of 22 years!" wrote newlywed Oteri, captioning an Instagram photo of her smiling, clad in a long white lace gown and holding pink blooms.

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Inside Desiree Hartsock's Engagement Bash

Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried's Engagement Party: All the Details

Originally posted 02/25/2014 08:00AM

Wedding bells will soon ring for Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried!

The happy couple celebrated their upcoming nuptials with dinner and dancing Saturday night at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Wash.

"It was so much fun," the former Bachelorette, 27, tells PEOPLE. "It's really nice to sit back and be with friends and family and think about why you're getting married and celebrate that love. Chris and I both couldn't stop smiling."

At the party, produced by Jocelyn Cates for Capstory.me, guests like Jason and Molly Mesnick dined on crab pot pie and wild mushroom and kale bread pudding and sipped on wine and local beers.

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The Bachelorette's Desiree & Chris Celebrate at Engagement Party

Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried Celebrate at Engagement Party

Originally posted 02/23/2014 09:00AM

Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried, who got engaged on the season finale of The Bachelorette in 2013, celebrated with a party in Seattle on Saturday night.

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Desiree Hartsock Explains Why She Knows Chris Siegfried Is the One

Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock Explains Why She Knows Chris Siegfried Is the One

Originally posted 08/09/2013 06:30PM

Sometimes even the worst things happen for a reason. Desiree Hartsock, star of The Bachelorette, had fallen hard for Brooks Forester, the former male model she believed was The One out of 25 suitors vying for her hand on the ABC reality show.

But when he made it clear he didn't return her feelings – and a stunned 7.8 million viewers watched her collapse in sobs – "I was blind-sided," Hartsock, 27, says now.

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Why Bachelorette's Brooks 'Needed to Walk Away'

Bachelorette's Brooks Forester: 'I Made the Right Decision'

Originally posted 08/07/2013 08:20AM

In one of the most surprising moments in Bachelor history, standout suitor Brooks Forester left Desiree Hartsock blindsided when he said goodbye just days before the Bachelorette's final rose ceremony.

"I realized that when I was away from Des, I wasn't having these moments of anguish," he tells PEOPLE. "That was a big indicator to me that my feelings weren't there."

He says: "I wanted so badly for [the relationship] to work out, and it was so close I could almost touch it. But I needed to walk away. She deserved to be in love with someone who was equally in love with her."

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Desiree Hartsock: 'Love Can Be Unpredictable' | Desiree Hartsock

The Bachelorette

UpdatePosted 08/06/2013 07:30PM

Desiree Hartsock's Bachelorette Blog: 'Love Can Be Unpredictable'

Originally posted 08/06/2013 12:50PM

Former Bachelor contestant Desiree Hartsock is calling the shots and handing out the roses as the current star of The Bachelorette. The bridal stylist will blog all season long on PEOPLE.com about her dates, the guys and the difficult decisions she must make. You can also follow Desiree on Twitter.

I want to start by thanking everyone who watched my journey to find love this season on The Bachelorette. It is a challenging and emotional position to be in so I can't express how grateful I am for the love and support from my family, friends and viewers. I appreciate the encouraging words from many and the understanding that love can be unpredictable.

My relationship with Drew flourished in affection and through in-depth conversation. I enjoyed seeing the compassion and love he had in his heart and the sincerity that showed through his eyes. After our last date in Antigua, I felt like our relationship didn't move forward and I started to question if we were right for each other. He has so many qualities I was looking for in a partner but I had to put qualities aside and see if I could really picture our future together.

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The Bachelorette's Desiree & Chris Talk Wedding Plans!

UpdatePosted 08/06/2013 05:00PM

Desiree Hartsock & Chris Siegfried Are Moving In & Planning a Wedding

Originally posted 08/06/2013 12:45AM

After a turbulent season of secret girlfriends, dramatic goodbyes and suitors around "for the wrong reasons," The Bachelorette's Desiree Hartsock is happily engaged – and moving in with her man, Chris Siegfried.

"I truly believe things happen for a reason," she tells PEOPLE. "I have no regrets."

After revealing their love on national TV, Hartsock is ready to move to Seattle – this weekend! – to be with her fiancé. And a wedding is already in the works.

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Shark Week vs. The Bachelorette Finale: Which Brought More Drama?

Shark Week vs. The Bachelorette Finale: Which Brought More Drama?

Originally posted 08/06/2013 02:30PM

Discovery Channel's annual fin-fest is in full swing (Voodoo Sharks, anyone?) but it wasn't the only network dishing out drama last night.

Desiree Hartsock's heart was on the line Monday after front-runner Brooks Forester bailed during the two-part gut-wrenching Bachelorette finale.

Viewers were left guessing if the blindsided bridal stylist would choose between poetic mortgage broker Chris Siegfried and intensely romantic marketing analyst Drew Kenney – or leave them both behind to mend her broken heart.

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All the Details On Bachelorette Desiree's Unique Engagement Ring From Chris

All the Details On Bachelorette Desiree's Unique Engagement Ring From Chris

Originally posted 08/06/2013 12:45PM

Her new sparkler is -- appropriately -- rose gold

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The New Bachelor Is Juan Pablo Galavis!

The Bachelor

UpdatePosted 08/05/2013 11:25PM

The Bachelor Reveals Its Newest Star, Juan Pablo Galavis

Originally posted 08/05/2013 10:55PM

It's official – we have a brand new Bachelor!

After Desiree Hartsock's emotional season finale of The Bachelorette, host Chris Harrison announced the franchise's newest star during the After the Final Rose special Monday night.

Although some may have thought Brooks Forester (who broke Desiree's heart in Antigua) was a possibility, fellow former suitors Zak Waddell and Juan Pablo Galavis were early frontrunners for the gig. While Desiree expressed her hopes for Zak, PEOPLE.com readers cast their votes for Juan Pablo.

And, sure enough: Felicidades, Juan Pablo! The Venezuelan former soccer player and single dad will be the next star of The Bachelor!

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