It’s hard to believe that anything could top the extravagant destination dates featured on The Bachelor franchise, but based on a newly released video of Bachelor alums Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham’s wedding, getting hitched in Maui definitely takes the cake.
The nearly 10-minute video, which Luyendyk and Burnham shared via YouTube on Monday, June 10, shows Bachelor Nation just how gorgeous the pair’s nuptials truly were, and even gave fans a peek into the couple’s emotional, personalized vows.
“Welcome, everybody,” officiant Chris Harrison, longtime host of the franchise, opens the ceremony. “Welcome to a perfect day, a perfect setting, and if you’ve been lucky enough to be here all week, it’s been a perfect week, for what seems to be an absolutely perfect couple.”
The video shows scenes of Luyendyk Jr., 37, and Burnham, 27, walking along bluffs, twirling and kissing aboard a sunset cruise, and embracing against a wall. The video also features a host of familiar Bachelor faces, including Jenna Cooper, Sean and Catherine Lowe, and of course, Chris Harrison. From the looks of it, guests enjoyed adventures all week leading up to the wedding, including jeep tours, yacht excursions, and helicopter rides around the islands.
Their carefully selected venue, the Haiku Mill, also gets a prominent shoutout, with gorgeous shots of the lush grounds and fairytale-like decor (as Luyendyk and Burnham explained prior to their wedding, they wanted to go for a Twilight theme and vibe). The waterfall behind the altar, in particular, gets a particularly flattering edit.
But it was the speeches and vows that truly made the video. In the clip, several of Burnham’s bridesmaids toast their gal pal on her wedding day, with one in particular joking about the couple’s notorious monosyllabic response to just about everything: “All I can say is one word: Wow,” Burnham’s friend says to laughs. One of Arie’s best buds, meanwhile, ribs the race car driver and his journey to the altar: “One of the classic love stories for all time—boy meets girl on TV.”
Arie’s personal vow is slightly more serious, and all heart. “For the past year, I have dreamt of this day. I pictured you walking toward me down that aisle,” he says. “And you’re even more beautiful standing here than I ever could have imagined. This has been an incredible, life-changing year, and you’ve been the difference. You have the most gentle heart, and I can honestly say that you have made me a better man. I am the best version of myself because I’m with you.”
“I see it all: Our little girl running around the house, our family together, being there for when things get hard, growing old and grey together—even though I’m already grey—and celebrating in all of life’s great moments,” he continues. “I’ll always be by your side, and nothing makes me happier. You’re my best friend, my soul mate, and now I can finally call you my wife. I’m so proud to be your husband.”
Burnham manages to get through just two sentences before tearing up: “Arie, the day I met you, my entire life changed. We didn’t realize what life had planned for us at the time, but now it’s evident that we were always meant to be together. (I thought I’d last longer than that). You are everything I’ve ever wanted and everything I’ve ever needed without even knowing it. I can’t wait to share all the beautiful moments life has in store for us. And I promise to always be there when things are not so beautiful.”
“I can’t wait to meet our daughter and see your bond with her grow,” she continues. “I promise to always support you and encourage you to chase your passions. I promise to help share the weight of our challenges because together, there’s nothing that we cannot face if we stand together. I promise to always love you, inspire you, trust you, and respect you.”
Luyendyk Jr. and Burnham welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, on Wednesday, May 29.