"Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis may be about to start his rosy romantic journey, but the newest star of the ABC reality romance series has his work cut out for him when it comes to making a lasting love connection. The long-running fantasy dating show is known for producing more nasty breakups than happy marriages, and to date only three couples have actually stayed together and walked down the aisle -- out of 26 seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."
But before you cry over all of those wasted rose petals, take heed. Some of the show's best (and longest-lasting) couples hooked up after the final rose! While they're not always included in Rosemaster Chris Harrison's touting of the show's success stories, they should be. Here's an update on some of our favorite post-"Bachelor" couples.
Jesse Csincsak and Ann Lueders
"Bachelorette" Season 4 winner Jesse Csincsak never made it down the aisle with that season's prize, Deanna Pappas, but he ended up with the biggest prize of all when he met his future wife at a "Bachelor" reunion event. Csincsak and Ann Lueders -- a contestant on Jason Mesnick's "Bachelor" season -- married in 2010 and have a son, Noah. Three years later, Csincsak tells Yahoo TV: "Ann and I are great. We are pregnant with baby #2, a girl."
The former reality star and snowboarder lives in Colorado, where he owns a property management company, while his wife owns Cashmere and Coco, a chain of clothing boutiques. As for soon-to-be big brother Noah (his baby sister is due in March), Csincsak says: "Noah loves school and is a little social butterfly. He will be 3 in February."
Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright
Ali Fedotowsky had too much respect for runner-up Chris Lambton to put him through a final rose ceremony, so the Season 6 "Bachelorette" star broke his heart in private. (Er, actually, she did it in front of cameras and millions of viewers, but she meant well.) Still, the Cape Cod landscaper turned that gut-wrencher into a life-changer. Lambton was introduced to Season 10 "Bachelor" alum Peyton Wright by a mutual friend at an event, and the two wed in May 2012.
The too-cute couple -- who will co-host HGTV's "Smart Home Giveaway" next spring -- recently told Us Weekly they're ready to celebrate the holidays with both of their families, with a Christmas dinner and Secret Santa gift exchange with Chris's peeps before they embark on a trip to Tennessee to see his wife's side of the fam. "The most important thing is just to spend the holidays together!" Lambton said.
As for meeting his future wife in the aftermath of a reality show, Lambton told Glamour, "People always ask me what it was really like on 'The Bachelorette.' Well, if you think of it now, I found a wife, I found tons of great friends, and now I have an HGTV show with my wife. It's like ridiculous."
John Presser and Tara Durr
Tara Durr didn't find her prince on "The Bachelor: Rome" (sorry, Lorenzo Borghese), but she did find a keeper in John Presser, an alum of "The Bachelorette" Season 5. After communicating on Facebook, the couple met at a Napa Valley "Bachelor" reunion event (ah, why can't our high school reunions produce results like this?), and got hitched in a 600-guest golf course wedding in 2010. Their "Bachelor" baby, son Warner Griffin, was born last year.
Durr told TV Guide it was a no-brainer for her to date a fellow "Bachelor" contestant: "It's kind of like [the producers] do all the screening for you," she said. "They've already picked who they think are the 25 most eligible in the country, and you'd be crazy to not try and see if you have a connection with somebody."
"The Bachelor" Season 18 premieres Jan. 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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