After trying to find love on television – appearing on Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette and becoming the lead on season 20 of The Bachelor at age 26 – one of Bachelor Nation's favorites is engaged to his girlfriend, Jessica Clarke. The pair went public with their relationship in February 2019, and just over one year later, they have announced to their fans that they're getting married!
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Though Ben originally planned to propose in New York City, he shared with Entertainment Tonight that the coronavirus outbreak forced him to change his plans. While the couple had been in quarantine with his parents, they drove to Franklin, Tennessee, so both Ben and Jessica's families could be there to celebrate with the pair after the surprise backyard proposal.
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I’ve been selfishly keeping this girl to myself for too long! Hey friends meet @jessclarke_! I successfully slid into her Dm’s a few months ago. I took a risk and I am glad I did. She is someone special, and I look forward to where life is going to take us. Stay tuned for the journey. In addition, this picture was taken this week in Honduras. I got to spend some time with an incredible group of people from all over the USA on a @generous_coffee_ adventure. Life is good!
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He may not have found love on The Bachelorette or The Bachelor – where he became engaged to Lauren Bushnell (now married to country singer Chris Lane), but Ben's relationship with Jessica was certainly worth the wait. He revealed on his podcast that he met Jessica in a very modern-day fashion: scrolling through Instagram. While visiting Nashville, he came across a photo of Jessica and was floored by her beauty; it took a few months for him to work up the courage, but he eventually sent her a direct message, and the rest is history!
We can't wait to find out more details about the couple's impending nuptials. As frequent travelers and volunteers for non-profit organizations such as Humanity and Hope, we wouldn't be surprised if the couple had a destination wedding; however, it may also take place in Denver, Colorado, where Ben lives, or Tennessee, where the bride-to-be and her family live.