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Andi Dorfman: Why I Decided Not to Meet Chris Bukowski

Originally posted 05/21/2014 12:40 PM

Andi Dorfman's Bachelorette Blog: All About Meeting the Men

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Andi Dorfman is the Bachelorette! After a dramatic exit from Juan Pablo's season of The Bachelor, the assistant district attorney, who lives in Atlanta, is searching for love once again on ABC's hit franchise. Andi, 27, will be blogging for PEOPLE.com every week about the men, the dates and the difficult decisions she'll make on her road to romance. So check back each week. You can also follow Andi on Twitter.

As I write my first Bachelorette blog, I can't help but remember that I only packed for a couple of weeks for last season, thinking I probably wouldn't even make it throughout the first night. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would become the Bachelorette. It really wasn't until I arrived in Los Angeles that it actually set in. All I could feel was excitement and gratitude to be the lucky girl, who had 25 of the most eligible men making the sacrifice to put heir lives on hold all in the name of love.

Leading up to that first night, I needed the advice of the person I trust most in this world, my sister Rachel. Despite being very different from one another, we are incredibly close. I was so thankful she made the trip from San Diego to help me get ready. Although we chose the gold dress, I ended up changing my mind and I was so happy that I did because I felt so beautiful in that gown. I can't thank my Shishy (that's my nickname for her) enough for helping me get ready to meet the men. She got married to the love of her life about a year ago and I can only hope to find my perfect person just like she did.

Driving up to the mansion, me heart was pounding! All I could think was that in the next few minutes I could be meeting the love of my life. What an exciting but nerve-wracking feeling! It's embarrassing to admit, but I really, really hoped my future husband would be there. I was almost afraid to believe it.

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The Bachelorette: Andi's Search for Love Begins – But Not Without Drama

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Time to break out the bouquet of roses and pop some champagne – The Bachelorette is back, and if the premiere is any indication, Chris Harrison's promise of "the most dramatic season ever" may be accurate.

On this season's quest to find love is Andi Dorfman, the Atlanta-based assistant district attorney who famously dumped Juan Pablo Galavis after a "nightmare" fantasy suite date (and his overuse of the phrase "It's okay") on the latest installment of The Bachelor. This time around, Dorfman, 27, is faced with 25 eligible men – and they pulled out all the stops during their first night at the mansion.

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Emily Maynard Celebrates Her Upcoming Wedding with a 'White Trash Bash'

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Before former Bachelorette Emily Maynard ties the knot, she and her girlfriends tied one on with a jokingly-dubbed "White Trash Bash."

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Bachelorette Andi Dorfman Was 'Devastated' by Eric Hill's Death

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With the premiere of The Bachelorette just days away, Andi Dorfman spoke to PEOPLE about the tragic death of contestant Eric Hill, who was killed in a paragliding accident April 23, after he had left the show.

"When I heard the news, I was devastated," says Dorfman, who also reached out privately to Hill's family. "Shock, devastation, grief. It's something you never could have predicted [or] expected."

Hill, who will not be edited out of episodes, "was part of our family," Dorfman says. "And I had just seen him. He was a member of our cast and we had an inherent bond. The [other contestants] shared that bond too. It was shocking and devastating to all of us and it's still a tough thing that we're going through."

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Emily Maynard: Fourth Engagement 'Is My Last. I Really Mean It' | Engagements, Emily Maynard

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Even though she had agreed to tie the knot three times before, Emily Maynard tells PEOPLE her fourth engagement to automotive management consultant Tyler Johnson "is my last. I really mean it. I'm actually making it to the marriage part this time!"

Once unsure about what her future would hold, the former Bachelorette star says that sharing her life with Johnson "is everything I've been praying for for years."

The two recently bought a home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have begun furniture shopping in anticipation of moving in over the summer.

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Chris Harrison: How The Bachelorette Is Dealing with Death of Contestant Eric Hill

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After the death of The Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill, producers are left mourning the loss a friend and struggling to figure out how to handle an unprecedented tragedy.

"It's a horrible, horrible thing. He was taken away too young," host Chris Harrison tells PEOPLE. "It's something we've never dealt with on the show. It didn't only affect our cast, but also our crew who worked closely with him."

Hill, 31, had already shot his scenes for the upcoming Andi Dorfman season when he died of injuries sustained when his parachute collapsed while paragliding in Utah last month.

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Bachelorette Contestant Eric Hill Dies in Paragliding Accident

Update 04/23/2014 03:30 PM Originally posted 04/23/2014 11:00 AM

Bachelorette Contestant Eric Hill Dies in Paragliding Accident

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Eric Hill, a contestant on Andi Dorfman's upcoming season of The Bachelorette, died Wednesday after his parachute collapsed while paragliding in Utah over the weekend. He was 31.

"Eric shared his final journey with us this morning as all his immediate family were able to be at his side when he passed away," his sister Karen Tracy posted on Facebook.

The accident occurred on Sunday and he had been in a coma, his family said.

"He gave us such a gift of a life fully lived and fully shared, and allowed us all to be a part of his last adventure here on earth," his sister wrote. "It is hard to think of life without his bright spark, but we know he is on to new adventures. We look forward to carrying on his legacy here and greeting him joyfully again someday. I love you so much, little brother!"

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Love Blooms, and Fades, in PEOPLE's Most Provocative Stories of the Week

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This week on PEOPLE.com was all about love and romance – promises made, promises broken and the promise of a second chance.

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Juan Pablo Dissed on New Bachelorette Poster Featuring Andi Dorfman

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That's one way to get the last laugh!

New Bachelorette Andi Dorfman delivers one final blow to former flame Juan Pablo Galavis in the first poster to promote her season of the ABC show.

"She's looking for the right Juan," the promo for the hit reality series reads, but "Juan" is crossed out in red and replaced with the word "one."

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PHOTO: Exclusive First Look at the New Bachelorette

Originally posted 03/19/2014 01:45 PM

See the Exclusive Portrait of New Bachelorette Andi Dorfman

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Tough-talking Andi Dorfman is sure to take a no-nonsense approach to finding love as the new Bachelorette – and PEOPLE has the exclusive first look at her official photo.

"I am incredibly excited to be the Bachelorette. Never did I think this would happen to me!" Dorfman, 26, tells PEOPLE.

"I am looking forward to traveling the world and going on amazing dates with amazing men. And hopefully, one of them ends up being the love of my life."

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