Another season of ABC's "The Bachelorette" wrapped last night, and, while Chris Harrison called the events "shocking," everything seems to have ended on a happy note -- chiefly, with a marriage proposal.
Following last week's dramatic departure of Brooks Forester, the man that Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock seemed to have selected as her next true love, the second part of the season finale was expected to be a little unpredictable. Still, the emotional roller-coaster seemed to catch everyone off-guard.
Hartsock went on dates with both of her final suitors, Arizona native Drew Kenney and Seattle baseball player-turned-mortgage-broker Chris Siegfried, but in the end, it was Siegfried who Hartsock realized she loved.
This is the second time in a row that a Seattleite received the final rose; in the last season of "The Bachelor," Sean Lowe selected former Amazon employee and Pacific Northwest resident Catherine Giudici.
Hartsock, who initially stated that she was "blindsided" by her feelings for Forester, and tearfully explained that didn't "have a clue" about what to do following his departure, eventually decided that she'd made the right decision by sticking it out, because it led her to Siegfried.
"From day one, he has been by my side. I’m glad that I made the right decision to continue on and not give up on love," she elaborated.
In interviews about the show prior to the finale, Hartsock had remained mum about potential outcomes, though she had cryptically eluded to the fact that the season came with both happiness and heartbreak.
"Overall I think it’s a journey of love. And love isn’t always going to be happy because there’s going to be ups and downs but, ultimately, you get through it all," said Hartsock back in May.
Siegfried and Hartsock say they're now planning to get married, and that Hartsock intends to move to Seattle to be with him.
Casting for new seasons of the show were held in Seattle in June, where hopefuls came as far as Portland, Spokane and Vancouver, BC for a chance to be one of the lucky bachelors or bachelorettes. ABC also named the next "Bachelor" during last night's episode; Venezualan Juan Pablo Galavis, who completed in this season's "Bachelorette" early on, will begin his search for love in January.