Anything can happen in Paradise. Once again, Chris Harrison went from longtime Bachelor franchise host to wedding officiant in June when he married Bachelor in Paradise couple Carly Waddell and Evan Bass in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in a televised special that aired Tuesday, August 15.
“It’s easy to say something like ‘they’re the most unlikely couple in Paradise history,’” Harrison wrote in a new blog post for Yahoo! “But I don’t really think that’s the case. I think if you really know Carly and Evan it’s pretty easy to see that they were meant for each other. The goofiness, the silliness, and the overall undying love of life that they both have is hard to match. But thankfully, they found each other.”
Harrison watched the couple’s dynamic progress and even had some insight for fans. “Sometimes the thing you’ve always been looking for is right in front of you, and I think that’s what happened here,” he claimed. “Once Carly let go of her preconceived notions of what she thought she wanted, she was able to see that Evan was her unicorn.”
Waddell and Bass married in an intimate ceremony before 60 guests at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort. Several franchise faces doubled as members of the wedding party, including Wells Adams, Jade Tolbert and Juelia Kinney. The bride wore an Idan Cohen gown, while the groom stepped out in Hugo Boss.
A show producer (whose identity remains a mystery) planned the colorful wedding, which the couple described to The Knot as “magical, vibrant and emotional.” During the ceremony, Harrison cracked a few jokes, and the same shaman who joined the couple on their second date performed a spiritual ritual for the to-be-weds.
“I think our wedding was just a lot like us,” Waddell told us in an interview. “We laughed a lot in our ceremony. We cried. It was full of vibrant colors. It was where we originally fell in love and had our first date. I think it just felt like where we fell in love was where we’re getting married. It just felt a lot like us.”
The bride and groom are now expecting their first child together, a welcome addition to the urologist’s three sons from a previous marriage.
“It was an honor to marry them, and as many of you know, they are now expecting a baby,” Harrison concluded in his post. “Next week, I’ll have them on stage with me so you can hear all about how they found out about their pregnancy, and there is a surprise or two with them that you are not going to want to miss.”
“It was just the natural progression of things,” Bass told The Knot this week. “When a couple gets together on the show, Chris Harrison is the one to marry you. We’re glad he said yes to doing it.”