It has been an emotional ride for season 21 Bachelor Nick Viall, who finally chose between his remaining two contenders Raven Gates and Vanessa Grimaldi on Monday, March 13. Here, The Knot recaps the unforgettable moments from the highly-anticipated finale.
Meet the Parents
For his last week as the Bachelor, Nick asks the women to join he and his family in Rovaniemi, Finland. First, Raven spends time with Nick and his loved ones, and she’s hoping to make a good impression.
Nick’s sister, Bella, is particularly fond of Raven. During a private conversation, Raven tells Bella that she’s in love with Nick. Raven later shares with Nick’s father that she’s hoping for a proposal. In the confessional, Nick’s dad reveals that Raven would be a perfect fit for their family.
When Vanessa meets Nick’s family, she becomes emotional while discussing her journey with Nick. During a conversation with Nick’s mother, Vanessa admits that she can’t imagine not being with Nick in the end. Nick’s mom picks up on Vanessa’s hesitation regarding a proposal.
There’s an intense, emotional moment when Vanessa meets with Nick’s dad. After their talk, Nick’s father is convinced that Vanessa is in love with his son.
Later, Nick talks with his family about both women. They offer support, but they don’t attempt to sway his decision.
Vanessa meets Nick in Lapland, Finland, for their last on-screen date. They go horseback riding in the snowy mountains, and Vanessa describes the moment as “magical.” The pair arrive at a small cabin to find Santa Claus waiting for them.
When they talk one-on-one, Nick shares that he wants a teammate in a significant other. Vanessa struggles with the fact that Nick has feelings for Raven. He attempts to reassure her by explaining that the ultimate decision is a mutual one. Vanessa is disappointed when Nick admits to not being sure if he’s ready to propose. She’s overcome with emotion after their discussion.
Nick is feeling overwhelmed about his relationships when Raven arrives in Finland. She’s intent on keeping a positive vibe during their last date together. Nick appreciates the playfulness between them as they dance and laugh while ice skating. “It’s just easy with Raven,” Nick admits in the confessional.
Nick later surprises Raven with a visit from husky pups as they sit by the fire. Raven shares that she has no hesitation when it comes to her future with Nick, and it will be an easy decision for her if Nick proposes to her. “I’m sorry that I’m taking so long to figure my heart out,” he tells her.
“After tonight, I’m confident that I’m 100% ready to spend my life with Nick,” Raven says in the confessional. “I know that the next time I see him will be a great, wonderful, best day of my life moment. I can’t wait.”
Nick Chooses a Ring
Jeweler Neil Lane arrives to assist Nick in finding the perfect engagement ring. Neil is hopeful that Nick will find lasting love this time.
As Raven reflects on the Bachelor process, she knows she’s ready to get engaged. But Vanessa isn’t sure she’s ready to take that step.
Raven is nervous as she meets with Nick. She tells him that she’s ready to be with him and she “couldn’t be more sure.”
Nick is in tears as he tells Raven how much he’s grown to care for her. “I just don’t know that I’m in love,” he reveals. “My heart is somewhere else. I’m just torn up inside letting you go.”
Raven’s disappointment is clear, but she tells Nick she’ll never regret sharing her feelings with him.
Before Vanessa arrives, Nick reveals that he’s been fighting his feelings for her. “I”ll never forget the first moment I saw you,” Nick says when Vanessa walks into the room. “I just felt something very special. Every moment since then, I’ve been falling more and more in love with you.”
Vanessa thanks Nick for taking another chance on love. “I know things aren’t going to be easy, but I promise to remind you every day how happy you make me,” she tells him.
When Nick drops to one knee, he asks Vanessa to marry him. “Yes,” she answers immediately, and he slips the ring on her finger.