Behind the Scenes at the 'Bachelor' Wedding

On January 26th, millions of ABC viewers tuned in to watch Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici make it official in The Bachelor's first-ever live TV wedding. After rooting for them on the 17th season of the show, we couldn't wait to see what this fun-loving pair had in store.

 

The result: "an epic fairy tale, for all the world to see," as the groom's dad so aptly phrased it during the ceremony! Check out these exclusive snapshots.

 

By: 
Kristen Klein and Stefania Sainato

  • Sean & Catherine Tie the Knot!

    Sean & Catherine Tie the Knot!

    Wedding planner to the stars Mindy Weiss organized all of the details of Sean and Catherine's big day. The bride had a very specific vision when it came to the theme: "I want an element of 'grown sexy' in everything," she said. "Something that's sophisticated but has an air of sexy. I want everyone to feel so sexy that they can't sleep that night!" Mission accomplished.

    Photo Credit: ABC/Todd Wawrychuk

  • Stationery

    Stationery

    A peek at the couple's invitation, program, and save-the-date, all by B.T.Elements.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Stationery

    Stationery

    A close-up of the ceremony program.

    Photo courtesy of John & Joseph Photography via Instagram

  • Stationery

    Stationery

    The "Lowedown" on the couple's wedding-day itinerary.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Emergency Kit

    Emergency Kit

    Catherine was armed with essentials in case of any last-minute snafus: "I know this kit will do me a solid in the next couple days," she wrote on Instagram.

    Photo Credit: Catherine Giudici on Instagram

  • The Beautiful Bride

    The Beautiful Bride

    Giudici prepped for her big debut with the help of José Eber Salon. How beautiful does she look, even in just her hot rollers?

    Photo Credit: Wedding Row Kentucky on Instagram

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  • Bridal Prep

    Bridal Prep

    Catherine showing off her "Mrs. Lowe" robe by Love Ophelia.

    Photo courtesy of Catherine Giudici via Instagram

  • Bridal Prep

    Bridal Prep

    The beautiful bride is almost ready to walk down the aisle! 

    Photo courtesy of John & Joseph Photography via Instagram

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids

    The bridesmaids' blush robes, by Love Ophelia, matched the color of their Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dresses.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Bridal Besties

    Bridal Besties

    The beaming bride poses with one of her lovely bridesmaids. "I wanted all of them to feel really comfortable and beautiful because it's a big day for them too," Catherine said.

    Photo Credit: lesleyannemurphy on Instagram

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids

    The bridesmaids complemented their blush gowns with classic white bouquets.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • The Man of the Hour

    The Man of the Hour

    "This is my one chance to wear a baller tux," the groom said. He rang in his last hours as a bachelor wearing a Dolce and Gabbana tux accessorized with a bow tie and diamond cufflinks that were loaned to him by — who else? — jeweler Neil Lane.

    Photo Credit: Wedding Row Kentucky on Instagram

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  • Flower Girl

    Flower Girl

    The couple's adorable flower girl, Paisley, shows off her sweet dress.

    Photo courtesy of One Stop Bow Shop via Instagram

  • Host Hijinks

    Host Hijinks

    The Bachelor host Chris Harrison says a quick prayer that all goes well before the bride and groom walk down the aisle!

    Photo Credit: theyearofelan on Instagram

  • The Wedding Venue

    The Wedding Venue

    The Dallas natives got married at The Four Seasons Resort—The Biltmore Santa Barbara, which features gorgeous botanical gardens and Spanish colonial archways.

    Photo Credit: iphonejunkiexl on Instagram

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Flowers galore! The ceremony setup, created by Mark's Garden , featured hundreds of classic roses — perfect for the garden setting.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    A peek at the beautiful path to the ceremony arch. 

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Oversized lanterns added to the romantic feel.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

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  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    This glamorous chandelier was suspended over the garden walkway. 

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Mix-and-match furniture, provided by Revelry Event Design, created the perfect ceremony seating.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Guests of honor sat upon a comfy couch.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • The Seating Plan

    The Seating Plan

    Guests were given a clear outline of where to sit (and where not to go). 

    Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly on Instagram

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    The hand-painted aisle runner, by The Original Runner Co., featured a romantic crystal-inspired motif. 

    Photo courtesy of The Original Runner via Instagram

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    A look at the top half of the aisle runner.

    Photo courtesy of The Original Runner via Instagram

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  • The Color Scheme

    The Color Scheme

    The newlyweds opted for a gold and neutral color scheme for their big day. "I love gold, and not only [because I wore it in] Thailand [where Sean proposed], but it's very vibrant and fun in a grown-up way," said the bride. 

    Photo Credit: Wedding Row Kentucky on Instagram

  • Live Entertainment

    Live Entertainment

    2Cellos set the tone for an enchanted evening.

    Photo Credit: Wedding Row Kentucky on Instagram

  • Bridal Party

    Bridal Party

    The newlyweds' nephews served as their ring bearers.

    Photo Credit: damn_it_kennedy on Instagram

  • Ceremony

    Ceremony

    Catherine and Sean exchanging personalized vows that they wrote themselves.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Ceremony

    Ceremony

    The chandelier and candles cast a romantic glow during the ceremony.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Bridal Gown

    Bridal Gown

    Catherine's breathtaking fit-to-flare lace gown was designed by Monique Lhuillier. "I don't want the dress to just be beautiful — I want it to blow his mind," she said before the wedding.

    Check out more wedding dresses in our Monique Lhuillier gown gallery!

    Photo Credit: johnnygator on Instagram

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  • Bridal Party

    Bridal Party

    A super-sized bridal party celebrated with the newlyweds.

    Photo Credit: styledbyfranzy on Instagram

  • Cocktail Hour

    Cocktail Hour

    Sparkly tablecloths by La Tavola Linens decorated the cocktail hour tables.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Reception

    Reception

    DJ Danno was surrounded by gorgeous florals at the reception.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Reception

    Reception

    Incredible floral table runners by Mark's Garden decorated the reception tables.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Reception

    Reception

    Long tables with low centerpieces cascading down the tables added to the intimate feel.

    Photo courtesy of J. P. Rosenbaum via Instagram

  • Place Settings

    Place Settings

    Here's a closer look at the Lowes' impressive low centerpieces.

    Photo Credit: Wedding Row Kentucky on Instagram

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  • Place Setting

    Place Setting

    The gold-printed escort cards were designed by B.T.Elements.

    Photo courtesy of J. P. Rosenbaum via Instagram

  • Reception

    Reception

    The couple entered their reception to "Bump n' Grind" by R. Kelly.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • First Dance

    First Dance

    Catherine and Sean danced to "One Woman" by Randy Rogers for their first spin as husband and wife. With lyrics like "One woman, you for me / I know that you're all I ever need / Forever besides you" we can't think of a more fitting tune to represent their journey (and happily ever after).

    Photo Credit: themansfield on Instagram

  • First Dance

    First Dance

    The newlyweds couldn't take their eyes off each other during their first dance!

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Reception

    Reception

    Check out the back of Catherine's romantic Monique Lhuillier gown!

    Photo courtesy of One Stop Bow Shop via Instagram

  • The Menu

    The Menu

    Guests enjoyed a delicious sit-down dinner.

    Photo courtesy of Robert Mills via Twitter

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  • Wedding Cake

    Wedding Cake

    The naked wedding cake, by Charm City Cakes West, featured mini replicas of the bride and groom on top.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Groom

    Groom's Cake

    The groom's cake, also by Charm City Cakes West, was modeled after the couple's two dogs.

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • Wedding Guests

    Wedding Guests

    Original Bachelor winners Trista and Ryan Sutter, who just celebrated their 10-year anniversary, were on hand to witness the nuptials. 

    Photo courtesy of Mindy Weiss via Instagram

  • More Bachelor(ette) Alums

    More Bachelor(ette) Alums

    Bachelorette alums Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried mingled with The Bachelor's Mr. and Mrs. Melnick.

    Photo Credit: theyearofelan on Instagram

  • More Bachelor(ette) Alums

    More Bachelor(ette) Alums

    The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert and J. P. Rosenbaum (isn't his Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont bow tie adorable?!)

    Photo courtesy of J. P. Rosenbaum via Instagram

  • Garter Toss

    Garter Toss

    Mr. and Mrs. Lowe participated in a sultry garter toss (and cracked up in the process!).

    Photo Credit: Wedding Row Kentucky on Instagram

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  • Reception

    Reception

    The newlyweds with their precious flower girl.

    Photo courtesy of One Stop Bow Shop via Instagram

  • Reception

    Reception

    Sean shared a special dance with his mother, and Catherine did the same with her father. 

    Photo courtesy of Cassie Lambert via Instagram

  • Wedding Rings

    Wedding Rings

    The newlyweds showing off their new bling by Neil Lane.

    Photo courtesy of Billy Thomp via Instagram