It's been 17 years since The Bachelor first premiered, and since then, it's spawned numerous spinoffs . . . and even some successful relationships! While the majority of leads don't end up happily ever after with their chosen ones, they often find love within the franchise's extended family. While we're wishing the best of luck to Hannah Brown on her season of The Bachelorette, let's take a look back at all the couples who have made it work over the years. A handful even have adorable kids or are currently expecting!
— Additional reporting by Johnni Macke
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Surprisingly — or not so surprisingly, depending on how you look at it — there are only two couples from the original series of The Bachelor who are still together today, one of which is Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici. The adorable couple found love on season 17 of The Bachelor, and although some people didn't see Sean choosing Catherine as his forever love, their romance has definitely proved that you can find love on a TV show.
Sean and Catherine tied the knot in a televised ceremony in January 2014. Since their TV nuptials, the duo, who currently reside in Dallas, welcomed their first child, Samuel, in 2016, and they've continued to make Bachelor Nation proud throughout their marriage and family journey. They welcomed their second son, Isaiah, in May 2018.
Season 13 of The Bachelor was not without its controversies — like the fact that Jason Mesnick picked Melissa Rycroft and then revealed on After the Final Rose that he broke up with Melissa to instead date the runner-up, Molly Malaney. Although their romance got off to a rocky start, the Bachelor couple have really seemed to bounce back and are living happily ever after nowadays.
The duo tied the knot in 2010 in a televised ceremony, and Molly took on the role of stepmother to Jason's son, Ty. In 2013, the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Riley, together, and their love story has continued to shine in the sea of otherwise unsuccessful Bachelor relationships. The family currently live in Seattle.
Leave it to the ladies to pick more suitable men on The Bachelorette. Trista Rehn was the first Bachelorette, and she chose Ryan Sutter to be her forever man — and it worked!
The couple, who are frequently looked to for advice by other Bachelor and Bachelorette couples, tied the knot in 2003 (on TV, no less), and their love is too cute. Sure, they've had their ups and downs, as we've seen on series like Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, but overall, their romance has been pretty solid.
"You have to put in the time and effort and energy that you do into everything else in your life. And I feel like [Ryan and I] do that," Trista told Today back in 2015 about why her romance works. "We've had our bumps in the road, just like anyone else, but it's really about staying focused on each other and dedicating time to each other."
They currently live in Vail, CO, and have two adorable children, son Maxwell and daughter Blakesley. You can follow their sweet family life on social media, and we highly recommend you do so ASAP!
Joelle, aka JoJo, Fletcher is one of the more recent success stories from The Bachelorette. During season 12 of the series, she fell for Jordan Rodgers, and after the show wrapped in 2016, they remained an item and are currently engaged. The cute duo live together in Dallas and have frequently talked about their plans to tie the knot, although they have yet to set a date.
"We said that 2019 was going to be the year that we set our date, so now we're actively thinking about when the date is going to be," Fletcher said on the couple's web series, Engaged With JoJo and Jordan.
After picking JP Rosenbaum on season seven of The Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert became the second Bachelorette to marry the man she handed the final rose to. The lovely couple wed in a televised ceremony in December 2012, and they couldn't have looked happier.
Today, Ashley and JP are parents to two children, son Fordham and daughter Essex. After welcoming her second child in 2016, Ashley revealed to People that she "feel[s] this sense of completeness," and in the world of reality TV, we are continually impressed by the normal lives this family lead.
Another successful relationship from The Bachelorette is season nine couple Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried. Although their romance started off a little weird — fans thought after contestant Brooks walked away that she was settling with Chris — Desiree clearly knew what she was doing when picking Chris.
This cute couple got engaged during their finale episode and later got married in January 2015. They currently reside in Portland, OR, and have an adorable family together with their son Asher, who was born in 2016, and son Zander, who was born in January 2019.
Rachel Lindsay is still happily in love with the man she chose on The Bachelorette's 13th season! When the series wrapped in the Summer of 2017, Rachel and Bryan Abasolo were engaged and ready to start their lives together.
After living in Dallas together for nearly two years, Rachel and Bryan moved to Miami in 2019. They are planning a destination wedding, which will go down this August! Naturally, they picked out wedding bands from Neil Lane.
Deanna Pappas was the Bachelorette in 2008 (after competing on season 11 of The Bachelor), and although we thought she found love with Jesse Csincsak, they called it quits in November 2008. Don't feel too bad for Deanna, however, because she did find love in the Bachelor family! She married Stephen Stagliano, the twin brother of Michael Stagliano, who was on Jillian Harris's season of The Bachelorette.
They tied the knot in October 2011 and now have two children, Addison and Austin.
"He's a fantastic father," Deanna told E! Online in 2018. "My children love him a lot, more than they love me probably."
Clearly, love does exist, but sometimes you need to look past your own season to find it within the reality TV realm.
After "winning" season four of The Bachelorette and later calling off his wedding to Deanna, Jesse Csincsak found love within the Bachelor family, like his former flame. In August 2010, Jesse married Ann Lueders, who was on Jason Mesnick's season of The Bachelor. The happy couple live in Arizona, and together they have three children.
Peyton Wright and Chris Lambton have mostly been able to fly under the radar, possibly because neither was a leading star on the franchise. Peyton was a contestant on season 10 of The Bachelor, while her now-husband, Chris, was on season six of The Bachelorette.
Peyton and Chris met through a mutual friend, got married in May 2012, and went on to star on their own reality series — but not on ABC. Instead, this loving couple, who have two kids together and live in Massachusetts, hosted the HGTV landscaping show Going Yard. Now, you can see them on numerous projects and shows for HGTV. Talk about being a star reality duo!
Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert proved that Bachelor in Paradise wasn't just an absurd spinoff of The Bachelor — set in a tropical place and full of drinking and hooking up — when they got engaged on the season two finale of the series. They later wed in Dana Point, CA, in 2016, and yes, it was then televised.
The happy couple now live in Kansas City, KS, which is Tanner's hometown, where they built a house together and are raising their daughter, Emerson Avery, whom they welcomed in August 2017. The couple are currently expecting their second child, a boy!
Season three of Bachelor in Paradise was the season for engagements, with three men popping the question. The only couple, however, who are still together from that season are Carly Waddell and Evan Bass. Carly followed in the footsteps of her Bachelor BFF Jade Tolbert (aka Jade Roper) and tied the knot with her BIP bae Evan in 2017 (and it aired on season four of the show). Jade was a bridesmaid, of course, returning the favor to Carly, who had been in Jade's wedding the year prior.
After getting married in front of their friends and family, Carly and Evan started their lives together in Nashville. While Evan already has three sons, the duo welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Isabella, in February 2018. They are currently expecting their second child in November!
Raven Gates, who appeared on Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor, and Adam Gottschalk, from Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette season, began their romance on season four of Bachelor in Paradise. It's been two years since then, and the two are still together! While they are not currently engaged, Raven says they have talked about their plans for the future.
Blake Julian and Holly Durst might not be the first couple to come to mind when you think of Bachelor Nation success stories, but they are going strong. The couple met on Bachelor Pad's second season, and although Holly sent Blake home, she wrote him a note telling him that their love story wasn't over . . . and she was right. The couple later announced that they were engaged in 2011, and by 2012, they were married! The dynamic duo now live in Greenville, SC, and seem to be doing just fine.
The couple that breaks off multiple engagements together, stays together . . . right? Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr. might have only just reunited following Arie's messy breakup with Becca Kufrin, but whether Bachelor Nation is a fan of them or not, the pair are in it for the long haul. They've been busy traveling the world together, hopping all over Europe and most recently taking a trip to Iceland.
News broke in November 2018 that the couple are expecting their first child! "We weren't trying, but we are so excited," Arie told Us Weekly. "It's going to be a whole new chapter in our lives."
They followed up the news by getting married in Hawaii in January 2019.
The Bachelor in Paradise couple had their ups and downs throughout the latest season, but luckily, the pair ended up more in love than ever. Is an engagement in their future? Fingers crossed.
Season 14 of The Bachelorette starred Becca Kufrin, an alum from Arie's season of The Bachelor, and it was mired by offscreen controversy from the start. One of the biggest and most disturbing shocks? An Instagram scandal involving contestant Garrett Yrigoyen, who it was revealed had been "liking" racist, transphobic, and homophobic memes on social media, some of which also mocked Parkland school shooting survivor and activist David Hogg. Garrett later apologized for his actions, and by the end of the season, it was revealed that Becca chose to give him her final rose. Since then, the couple have been posting lovey-dovey photos of each other and seem to be very happily engaged.
Colton's unconventional season ended after Cassie sent herself home and Colton realized he didn't want to make it work with the two remaining women. He appealed to Cassie before she left, and the two worked things out! They both live in the Los Angeles area and are taking things slow, though they are all up in each other's Instagram feeds.
Kaitlyn has had a lot of ups and downs on the Bachelor franchise! She first appeared on Chris Soules's season of The Bachelor, then led her own season of The Bachelorette. She chose Shawn Booth, but the two broke off their engagement in 2018 after three years together.
Months later, Kaitlyn met fan favorite Jason during a taping of her podcast. He asked her out, and the couple have been official since February 2019.
It's finally the right time for these two! Ashley had been open about being in love with Jared since they first met on Bachelor in Paradise in 2015. After a little bit of on-and-off dating, Jared decided he just wanted to be friends . . . but Ashley was persistent. Jared finally admitted he had romantic feelings for Ashley after Bachelor Winter Games in 2017, and the happy couple got engaged in June 2018.
They are currently planning their wedding (it better be televised) and hoping to start a family in 2020.