By Alia Marsha
Northwest Asian Weekly
The Bachelor cast members Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici are now husband and wife, as witnessed by family and friends and millions of viewers at home.
ABC aired a special episode of the dating game show The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding last Sunday at 8 p.m., a turning point of the reality TV stars unconventional love story. The couple had gotten engaged in Thailand over a year ago, and announced their wedding date on television Jan. 19.
The wedding special started off with a brief montage of their relationship over the course of the show, which ended March of last year. This was followed by clips of their preparation for the wedding, and built up to the moment when the Seattle native Giudici walked down the aisle and joined her teary, hunky Texan.
Giudici repeatedly described the theme of the wedding as “grown sexy.” Her best explanation of this term was, “sophisticated, but with some air on sexy on everything.” The bride’s wish was celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss’ command. According to Weiss, “grown sexy” means a long white carpet, an overwhelming amount of white roses, and other decorations bearing a touch of metallic gold that reminded the couple of Thailand.
ABC paid for everything, from engagement rings, dresses, Giudici’s hair and make up artists (aka her glam squad) to honeymoon expenses.
As the clips went back and forth to the months of wedding preparation, a tiny square appeared on the lower left corner of the TV. It was the Honeymoon Cam. Shortly after their engagement, the couple decided to save themselves until their honeymoon. Prior to the wedding, they had been living separately two blocks away from each other in Dallas, Texas.
I’m like a butterfly waiting to be exposed to him, said Giudici, 27, as she explained to one of her bridesmaids the idea of taking professional photographs of her wearing the lingerie Lowe bought her as a wedding gift.
The newlyweds will start a life together in Dallas. Curiously, not much of Giudici’s family or background as a Seattleite was mentioned in the two-hour long wedding special. Giudici is half Filipino.
Giudici and Lowe first met in The Bachelor, where Giudici joined 25 other women, all competing for Lowe’s attention and love. On the season finale, which was shot in Thailand, Lowe had to pick from the two remaining women. You know the rest.
Giudici and Lowe are the fourth couple from the show to marry. The majority of The Bachelor couples break up shortly after. In attendance of the wedding were so-called more successful couples from the show, including Molly and Jason Mesnick, who married in 2010; Trista and Ryan Sutter, who have been married for 10 years; and Ashley and J.P. Rosenbaum, who are in their second year of marriage.
Of course, at the end of the wedding special, host Chris Harrison did not fail to remind viewers to watch tonight’s episode of The Bachelor and follow the journey of Juan Pablo in his own unconventional love story. (end)
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