Ames Brown has found his happy ending. The Bachelorette Season 7 contestant, who vied for Ashley Hebert’s heart and was ultimately rejected after his hometown date, has married his longtime love Allison Palm, according to the New York Times. Brown met his future wife in 2012 after he signed up for a three-week National Outdoor Leadership School sailing trip in Mexico about a year after he had his heart broken on national TV on The Bachelorette.
While Palm told The Times that Ames seemed overly formal and almost “too perfect” when she first met him, the couple ultimately bonded and traveled the world together before Brown proposed to her at a Rite Aid store. Ames and Allison married in Manhattan and are currently honeymooning for a month in Nepal.
Ames Brown didn’t find his soulmate on reality TV (after dumping Brown, Hebert eventually married her Bachelorette final pick, J.P. Rosenbaum), and his experience on the platform was one of the rare misses in his charmed life.
Brown, a Yale graduate who holds two masters’ degrees from Columbia, was picked apart after he appeared on The Bachelorette.
“People would come up to me on the subway and say: ‘I can’t believe you wore red pants. No wonder she got rid of you.’ Or, ‘You know, you really shouldn’t cut your hair so short because that would hide your big forehead.'”
According to Buddy TV, after his run on The Bachelorette ended, Brown told reporters that he didn’t realize how “different” he was from the other bachelors on the show.
“I guess I really didn’t know I was different, well, unfortunately until it was too late,” Ames said. “I guess since I am different, whatever it is, it didn’t really work. But hopefully, there is someone out there to whom my differences appeal. At least nominally I’m middle of the road. I’m not the youngest, I’m not the oldest. I’m not the strongest. I’m not the weakest. But ‘different.’ I get ‘different’ a lot.”
Brown also revealed that he was blindsided when Hebert dumped him at one of her final rose ceremonies. Ames said he hadn’t expected to be eliminated because they had such a good connection and she had met his family. Ames even said it was the one rose ceremony where he felt it was a sure thing.
“It was an awful, awful week,” Brown revealed. “I probably got out of the limousine where I gave my interview and threw up or something like that. It was unbelievable. I have to admit I was totally disconnected in terms of what I was feeling and I guess what was going on.”
On the “Men Tell All” episode, Ames said he hoped that someone would find his uniqueness appealing someday.
“Ashley said kept saying on our dates [that] I was unique and different and I thought that was a general way of saying ‘this isn’t working,’ but I hope that whatever is ‘unique and different’ about me appeals to somebody,” Brown said.
While he had a brief stint on ABC’s Bachelor Pad later that summer, in which he had a short-lived relationship with cast member Jackie Gordon (Ames famously chased her limo and jumped in when she was eliminated, forfeiting his chance at the show’s $250,000 prize), Brown told the Times that his experience with reality TV fame was so negative that he signed on to the sailing trip as an escape.
“You just hold your head high and go sailing and hope the ocean has the answer,” Brown said.
Ames Brown definitely found his answer on that trip, and now his reality TV dating days are behind him for good. And even though he had a bad experience on The Bachelorette, Brown said his experience made him a better person and he wouldn’t change a thing.
Take a look at the video below to see Ames Brown on the Bachelor Pad after-show.
[Image via Ames Brown/Facebook]