Here in North Carolina we’re all pretty focused on a lady named Florence, who is burning a hot path across the ocean straight for us. But for a couple of hours Tuesday night, we put Flo out of our minds to bask in the glow of a different, equally powerful force: Jenna and Jordan.
In Tuesday night’s “Bachelor in Paradise” season finale, we got to see the remaining couples gather beachside one last time and either declare a commitment to each other or part ways. Then later, all of this season’s hopeful lovers got together in a Category 5 cast reunion complete with bitter storm surge, 90-mph hostility gusts and flash floods of tears.
But we’re here for Jenna Cooper, the Raleigh woman we first met and fell for in last season’s “The Bachelor” (the Arie season).
Jordan Kimball (from the Becca season of “The Bachelorette”) fell for Jenna right away at the beginning of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Other men — David, Benoit — arrived in Paradise to challenge Jordan for Jenna’s affection. And Jordan had a few stumbles during their courtship, but he was ultimately victorious and he and Jenna were one of the few couples to get all the way to the end of the show.
But the big question is: did they actually get engaged?
Of course they did! Their love is real, y’all!
Here’s how it went down.
Just before Jenna and Jordan met that last time on the beach, Jenna made her feelings clear: “If Jordan doesn’t propose, my heart will be crushed,” she told the camera.
Face-to-face with Jordan, Jenna said:
“Jordan, when I first met you I was scared of love and happiness, fearful of letting someone see all of me because I didn’t know if I deserved that great love. Your love has made me feel alive again. You swept me off my feet and you slayed all my demons without hesitation and you patiently waited for me to come to the realization that you’re all I ever wanted — the one person that could inspire me to open my heart again. I love you so much, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Then it was Jordan’s turn:
“Jenna, since you walked into Paradise I thought you were the prettiest girl in the world. You taught me to believe in love at first sight. Fighting for you was the most confident thing I’ve ever done and that’s why I feel like we can take on the world together. You’ve truly made me the lucky one and I can’t wait to build a family and make all your dreams come true. I’m a one-gal type of guy and that one girl for me is you.”
Jordan then pulled a ring out of his pocket and went down on one knee.
“Jenna Cooper, I’m madly in love with you. Will you marry me?”
Of course she said yes! And after a whole bunch of kissing, Jordan said “This is the one,” and then scooped her up and carried her off into the sunset. Well, there was no sunset. But he carried her away.