The Bachelor is known for devising over-the-top romance, but for Renee Oteri, 32, it was her experience after leaving the show that became one for the record books.
In a span of just five months, the real estate agent, who became a fan favorite on Juan Pablo Galavis's season, reunited with her longtime love Bracy Maynard, got engaged, moved to Seattle and tied the knot!
"I'm still walking on air," Oteri tells PEOPLE. "It's surreal. It may seem like it happened so fast, but for me, because I've known him my whole life, it's not."
In fact, Oteri met Maynard over twenty years ago, when the pair were middle school students in North Carolina. "He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first boyfriend," says Oteri. "When I was 12-years-old, I wrote in my diary that I was going to marry Bracy Maynard. It's insane!"
The Bachelor may have had Prince Lorenzo Borghese, but a new reality show has promised women the chance to win the heart of Prince Harry – sort of.
On I Wanna Marry "Harry", 12 American women vie for the affections of a man they believe to be the red-headed royal – who in real life has been getting more serious with girlfriend Cressida Bonas.
But in reality the contestants will be fighting over a Harry look-alike.
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.
It's over for The Bachelor Canada's Brad Smith and fiancée Bianka Kamber.
Kamber, a former girlfriend of Kim Kardashian's ex-husband Kris Humphries, announced the end of her engagement in a joint statement with Canadian Football League slotback Smith, on her Facebook page.
"Although we love each other intensely, we both want different things out of life," they said of their decision to go their separate ways.
Even after 18 seasons of the smash franchise, perhaps no Bachelor has earned as much tabloid ink for his on- (and off-) camera -behavior as Juan Pablo Galavis.
Since this season's premiere, the Venezuelan sports consultant, and single dad to daughter Camila, has been mired in near constant controversy. He has provoked the ire of die-hard fans for some questionable comments off-air as well as the on-air rage of the women he was supposed to be wooing.
His first runner-up, Clare Crawley, upon being let go after Galavis, 32, had reassured her of a possible future together, snapped, "I would never want my children having a father like you." But his decision not to propose to his final pick, pediatric nurse Nikki Ferrell, 27, just may be what pushes many of the show's more than 8 million viewers over the edge.
Juan Pablo Galavis, former pro soccer player, single father and star of this season's The Bachelor, blogged for PEOPLE.com each week about the ladies, the dates and the difficult decisions he faced. You can follow Juan Pablo on Twitter on Twitter and on Instagram @JuanPaGalavis.
My bachelor adventure comes to an end, but now I'm thrilled and so grateful that real life – and the real journey of Nikki, me and our life together – really begins.
As my experience ended, I finally sat down for a second to analyze how everything started and how everything ended. I decided to take the chance to be The Bachelor, even though it was something that I had never thought I would do because I had never seen the show before. I had only watched 20 minutes of one and I thought, "This is so cheesy," but I decided to give it a shot on The Bachelorette.
Actions speak louder than words for Juan Pablo Galavis.
Is this Juan Pablo Galavis's way of saying "I love you"?
The polarizing Bachelor star released a YouTube video on Tuesday honoring his relationship with winner Nikki Ferrell and titled "Adventures in Loving You."
Galavis picked – but did not propose to – Ferrell on the finale, and though the two were still a couple during the After the Final Rose special, the former soccer pro wouldn't say whether he loves her.
The setting (St. Lucia) was paradise. The ring (3.5 carats!) was picture perfect. But to the shock and surprise of Bachelor viewers, Juan Pablo Galavis did not propose to his final rose recipient, Nikki Ferrell, on the show's 18th season finale.
The couple gave an exclusive interview and photo shoot to PEOPLE, then swiftly declined to do any other press. (Chris Harrison likely understands why.) In their sole sitdown, Galavis remained laid-back about the show's outcome.
"You go on [The Bachelor] thinking if there is the connection, you propose," Galavis, 32, tells PEOPLE. "But I don't feel there's a need to propose to somebody if I don't feel 100 percent. I didn't know Nikki. I want to know more, a lot more."
For her part, Ferrell, 27, is happy to just be Galavis's girlfriend – for now.
"Had he gotten down on one knee, I absolutely would have said yes. But having a ring on my finger wouldn't stop us from breaking up," she says in an interview with PEOPLE. "What's going to keep us together is having a real relationship. I'd rather have him propose when he feels it's right."