Controversial 'Bachelor' Couple Jason & Molly Tie The Knot

Take a look inside one of TV's biggest weddings and see what past Bachelor couples are up to now

Well, it wasn't exactly a picture-perfect courtship. So maybe it was only fitting that it rained -- make that poured -- during the wedding of Bachelor Jason Mesnick and his bride, Molly Malaney. Still, rain couldn't dampen their giddy enthusiasiasm throughout ABC's two-hour special, The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding.

The controversial couple had a rough year, due to Mesnick's unorthodox (or at least flaky!) way of discerning true love. As the 13th Bachelor, Mesnick proposed to Melissa Rycroft, sending finalist Malaney home. But during the After the Final Rose episode hosted by Chris Harrison, Mesnick dumped Rycroft while cameras rolled, professing his love for Malaney. Together ever since, they've weathered a backlash from fans who called his actions cruel.

"He thought he was doing the right thing at the time," said Malaney.

"I felt like I risked a lot in front of everybody, but I’m one of those people who believes that things happen for a reason," said Mesnick. "And I feel like my whole life has been building to this one moment. Molly is not like anybody else I’ve ever met. She’s strong, kind-hearted and resilient. We’ve been through a lot together. We make a really good team."

The wedding special followed the couple in the weeks leading up to the nuptials -- choosing rings, registering for china, sampling cake. Malaney gushed over the perfect dress (from Monique Lhuillier), the perfect hair (by Ken Paves), the perfect makeup ("The same person that does Beyonce and Rihanna’s makeup is doing my makeup!") and, yes, the perfect shoes ("These are the perfect shoes to be wearing on this fairy tale day!"). And host Chris Harrison made sure we heard from "successful couples who have found love on our show" including:

Trista and Ryan Sutter (The Bachelorette, Season 1): "There’s nothing like it when you fall in love with someone and you create a life out of that love," said Trista.

Jake Pavelka & Vienna Girardi (The Bachelor, Season 14): "There’s no doubt in my mind that Vienna and I are going to be married," said Pavelka. "Hopefully we’re gonna be following in their footsteps shortly."

Jillian Harris & Ed Swiderski (The Bachelorette, Season 5): "We are planning a wedding," said Harris. "We’re taking our own time, but we will be the next Bachelor couple to make it."

Charlie O'Connell & Sarah Brice (The Bachelor, Season 7): "We’re looking at houses, thinking about moving in together," said O'Connell. "I don’t want to live together until we’re married," said Brice. "Well, we’re looking at houses," said O'Connell. "So, whenever I have a ring, we’ll buy one," said Brice. Smile, smile, smile!

All the franchise's "successful couples" (except for Pavelka and Girardi) attended the outdoor wedding in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. "I know you guys like to pull twists," Brice said to Harrison. "Is Melissa here?" But the groom had no more surprises up his sleeve. In fact, the twosome appeared more smitten than ever (seeing how comfortable they were made the recent Jake-Vienna pairing seem a bit too... mechanical).

If only the weather had cooperated! Winds and rain turned umbrellas backwards while guests huddled together for warmth. "From a weather perspective, it’s about as bad as it could possibly be," said Jo Gartin, the wedding planner. It was alarming to watch the slanting rain pelting Malaney, plastering her hair against her cheek and soaking her gown. But she smiled throughout, gazing at her man.

"From the moment that I met you, you gave me butterflies," she said during her vows. "You’ve become my best friend, my strength and my hope. What you did for me means more than you will ever know. When I was sad, you brought me up. You made me focus only on what’s important in life."

Believe it or not, a rainbow eventually appeared, recalling American Idol favorite Jason Castro's rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (which he performed while the bride walked down the aisle). At the reception, Harrison introduced surprise guest Gavin DeGraw -- Malaney's favorite singer -- who performed the first dance song, "Follow Through." How appropriate: Mesnick stumbled at first in winning his bride's heart, but at least he followed through!

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Bachelor Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney's Wedding to Air on TV
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The Bachelor Tell-All: The Return of Rozlyn

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