Don’t know about you, but we’ll take a bridal bouquet of gorgeous blush roses over a single red rose of the “maybe-I-love-you-maybe-I-don’t” variety any time! And it seems like Nikki Ferrell, the former Bachelor contestant, is definitely our kind of girl. She recently ditched the show’s single-rose giver Juan Pablo Galavis who sorta-kinda chose her as “the one”, and got hitched to a long-time friend, sales exec Tyler Vanloo.
The happy nuptials took place on October 8 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Bachelor’s commitment-phobic star was definitely not invited, but fellow contestants Kelly Travis and Christy Hansen, and newlyweds Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, of the Bachelor in Paradise fame, were there to root for the happy couple. And former Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman served as one of Nikki’s bridesmaids—all pretty in petal-pink dresses.The Bachelor Nation definitely had a presence at this romantic affair!
And what a wedding it was! Three hundred guests watched the radiant couple exchange vows in a ceremony at John's United Methodist Church, and were wowed as the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Vanloo glided down the aisle, both picture-perfect.
The main event: the bride’s gown…
Nikki was a vision of classic —but with a modern twist —bridal beauty. A strapless mermaid-style gown fit her to a T and did a great job of accentuating all the positives! Intricate lace patterns beautified the bodice of the gown, while her “fishtail” tantalized onlookers with a dramatic train. What would a bride be without her train, the quintessential bridal brand mark? This one sure was something to behold. Long and billowy, it fanned out and trailed behind very princess-like from the old fairy tales. But, the dress was backless with a sweetheart neckline, putting her right back into the 21st century. Yes, the bride looked both classic and sizzling!
All the lovely details…
The mermaid vibe of the gown was carried throughout the ensemble down to (or actually, up to) the hairstyle! Nikki’s locks fell in soft waves but were kept off her beaming, can’t-stop-smiling, face by a loosely braided half-updo. A Veronica Couture veil was gently perched to the back of the hair, and a Lindsay Marie Design Isadora flowery comb, glistening with Swarovski crystals, made sure that the bride’s locks shimmered but stayed in place.
And what else from the sea did our mermaid wear? Pearls, of course, in the form of earrings. But, in a bit of a “reality” digression from a true mermaid fashion, the bride did wear shoes. Not that anyone probably noticed— the gown and train covered the happy bride all the way to the ground—but the shoes were white, open toed, high-heeled sandals, embellished with crystals.
It must have been a day of triumph and glory for the woman who by her own admission kissed a lot of frogs before she found her Prince Charming. No wonder she chose Taylor Swift’s “Lovestory” to accompany her down the aisle. What did Swift say in her iconic song? You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess, it’s a love story, baby, just say "Yes". And so, they did. Congrats you two!