Since it debuted on ABC in 2003, and throughout its incredible 16-season run, popular reality TV dating show "The Bachelorette" has produced a spectacular list of couples — some of whom are still together today.
The show is a spin-off of "The Bachelor" and forms an integral part of the broader "Bachelor" Nation. It premiered on ABC on January 8, 2003, and has amassed a strong following through its remarkable 16-season run.
The first season of the show featured Trista Rehn as the Bachelorette. She was the runner-up from the first season of "The Bachelor," and here she was presented with the rare opportunity of choosing a husband from 25 eligible bachelors.
Dylan Barbour and Hannah Godwin in an episode of Bachelor in Paradise 2019 | Photo: Youtube / Bachelor Nation on ABC
Throughout its 16-season run, the dating game show has been a joy to watch and has produced some amazing couples. Unfortunately, many of them have found it an uphill task to carry the relationships beyond the show.
Still, some couples have proven that the show does work by taking their relationship beyond just the final day engagement.
It may be a rarity, but the Bachelor Nation has witnessed some pretty fabulous weddings and marriages over the last 17 years. Below we take a look at some of these standout couples.
TRISTA AND RYAN SUTTER
It is only fitting that we begin our list with the first-ever Bachelorette, Trista, 48. She wed her winner, Ryan Sutter, 46, on December 6, 2003, in "The Bachelorette's" first-ever televised wedding.
Last week, the couple celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary, and they both took to their Instagram pages to share a heartfelt tribute to each other in honor of their special milestone.
Trista and Ryan share two children, son Maxwell, 13, and daughter Blakesley, 11. The couple is by far the oldest couple produced by the show, and from their anniversary messages to each other, it seems like they are still very much in love.
CLARE CRAWLEY AND DALE MOSS
Season 16 of "The Bachelorette" is perhaps like no other, thanks to the thrilling love story of bachelorette Clare Crawley and Dale Moss.
From the moment Crawley met Moss in night one of the hit ABC dating show, sparks flew, and immediately she knew she had found her man. Crawley could hardly find the words to describe those first feelings while speaking to Us Weekly. She said:
"It was breathtaking. It was one of those moments where you don't know it until you experience it, what exactly that feeling is."
During the November 5 episode of the show, Crawley professed her love to Moss and broke up with the other men. After he revealed the feeling was mutual, the pair got engaged and quit the show.
Back in the real world, the pair are currently house hunting in Sacramento and spent Thanksgiving at Moss' family home in La Jolla, California.
Earlier this month, Crawley sent her fans into a frenzy when she called Moss her "husband" in an Instagram story. The hairstylist later revealed they had not secretly tied the knot, and it was just a slip of the tongue.
After Crawley quit the show, the new Bachelorette Tayshia Adams, stepped in to take her place, and she is currently trying to find love with the men who were "rejected" by Crawley.
The current season of "The Bachelorette" is already down to its final four, and Adams is edging closer to giving out that final rose. For now, she still has the little hurdle of the hometown dates to cross.
DESIREE HARTSOCK AND CHRIS SIEGFRIED
Former "The Bachelor" contestant Desiree Hartsock entered season 9 of "The Bachelorette" optimistic that she would find love. However, she was briefly left heartbroken when Brooks Forester quit the show after making it to the top three.
Earlier in the year, Iaconetti revealed that she and her husband would start trying to get pregnant in September.
In one of the most thrilling twists, Hartsock accepted a proposal from Chris Siegfried in the August 2013 finale — after they had both declared love for each other.
The couple eventually tied the knot in Palos Verdes, California, on January 18, 2015. They welcomed their first son, Asher Wrigley Siegfried, in October 2016. Their second son, Zander Cruz Siegfried, was born nearly three years later in January 2019.
JOJO FLETCHER AND JORDAN RODGERS
Jojo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers met and fell in love during season 12 of "The Bachelorette" in 2016. After Rodgers proposed during the season finale, the couple embarked on a lengthy engagement, which fueled rumors of a possible split.
However, the lovebirds showed they were still very much in love when they bought their first house together in July 2019 and got re-engaged the next month.
Fletcher and Rodgers were scheduled to exchange marital vows back in June, but the novel coronavirus pandemic forced them to push their wedding date to May 2021.
Apart from these "Bachelorette" couples, there are a handful of success stories from other Bachelor franchises, including "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelor in Paradise."
OTHER SUCCESS STORIES
Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are probably the most dramatic couple in the history of the Bachelor Nation. Their relationship went through several phases and saw them even get involved with other partners within the Bachelor franchises.
Ultimately, they were able to navigate their way back to each other's arms. The duo got engaged in June 2018, and a year later, they exchanged marital vows in front of family and friends.
Earlier in the year, Iaconetti revealed that she and her husband would start trying to get pregnant in September. So it is only a matter of time before the cute couple expands their family.
There is also the love story of Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour, who met on season 6 of "Bachelor in Paradise" in 2019.
After a tough start to their relationship, Godwin eventually chose Barbour, and the duo got engaged at the end of the season.
After enduring a long-distance relationship, the twosome found themselves "trapped" amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
And living together seems to have done wonders for their relationship, with the duo discovering new things about each other.
The ABC dating show may not have produced as many successful relationships as fans would like, but being able to watch these few couples blossom through the years from a TV romance is truly a priceless experience.