Ed Swiderski bid farewell to his Bachelor Pad after a once-rosy romantic relationship with Bachelorette Jillian Harris and hello to forever love as he married Chicago TV anchor Natalie Bomke, reported People.
Ed is best known for his roses-and-sweet-words proposal to Jillian, who was the Bachelorette Season 5 winner in 2009. But Swiderski put his bachelor days behind him when he tied the knot with Natalie. He’s 36, and Boke is 33.
But although it wasn’t officially on a reality romance show, every element of Ed’s wedding seemed like an episode of The Bachelor Gets Married.
Swiderski and Bomke were wed at sunset, with 100 celebrants joining them high above the city on the Tribune Towers.
“I feel like the luckiest man on earth,” declared Ed.
Even Swiderski’s proposal seemed like it was taken from a Bachelorette’s dreams, as he asked Natalie to marry him in the soft shadows of a redwood forest.
However, they didn’t meet on the set of one of the Bachelor franchise shows. Instead, Ed was watching TV when he instantly crushed on the TV news anchor. Swiderski is the CEO of Klever, so the tech entrepreneur immediately used his social media savvy to use Twitter for an intro.
And it’s not just Ed who is well-known. Swiderski’s new wife is former Illinois state senator Larry Bomke’s daughter. He proudly walked Natalie down the wedding aisle as “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was played.
Credit Natalie’s mom Sally Jo Bomke for creating the silver vases overflowing with romantic roses and other flora, with complementary silver-sequined linens covering the reception tables.
But can a former Bachelor be married without stealing something from the show? Of course not, and that was actually the wedding planner’s favorite part of the wedding, she revealed.
“My favorite part of the ceremony,” sighed the woman who makes romance her business, wedding planner Susan Cordogan, of Big City Bride, “was a playful surprise by the groom, who presented each mother with a long-stem red rose and popped the famous Bachelor question, ‘Will you accept this rose?'”
Want more? Ed’s wedding had it, as Swiderski’s beloved bride stunned in an exquisite lace cocktail dress with a very special touch: A detachable floor-length tulle skirt. The skirt was crafted by designer Monique Lhuillier, while the belt was from famed Oscar de la Renta. And in a nod to Ed’s alma mater Michigan State, the cupcakes were decorated in green-and-gold.
For nom noms, celebrates gobbled up mini-sliders and hot hors d’oeuvres, then washed them down with an Amaretto Stone Sour dubbed the “Swiderski Sour” and a “Risky Business” wine spritzer (is that an ominous warning?).
It hasn’t been all wine and roses in Ed’s past. Swiderski became infamous when, after proposing to Jillian on the Bachelorette finale, the engagement fell to pieces upon the news that he had affairs with two women, reported Us Weekly.
“It was the last thing I wanted to do,” emphasized Harris.
Jillian revealed that she had attempted to save her relationship with Ed, but opined that Swiderski was like Peter Pan.
“[We] fought very hard [to save the relationship]. He’s just not quite ready to grow up.”
Ed and Natalie revealed their romance in 2014. Swiderski and Bomke have now begun their first marriage.
But there are always more bachelors and bachelorettes waiting in the wings. As the Inquisitr reported, the big Bachelor show buzz now centers around Ben Higgins, booted by The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe.
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