The Bachelor's Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk Marry In a Microwedding
Another Bachelor couple is married. The Bachelor's Raven Gates and fellow franchise participant Adam Gottschalk said "I do" on Friday, April 16, after a series of postponements and pivots due to COVID. "We've been waiting for this day for a long time!" the bride told People. "I'm so happy to get married to someone I love so much."
Gates wore a princess gown designed by Watters, against the groom's look by Indochino. According to the mag, the couple's wedding was a true microwedding witnessed by less than two dozen family members. The to-be-weds were very cautious about COVID precautions and reportedly, most of the guests had already been vaccinated, coupled with COVID tests for guestsCOVID tests for guests and more safety measures. "We wanted to make sure it was safe for everyone," Gottschalk added. "Everything changed from our original plan. But life can throw curveballs. You have to adapt!"
On Thursday, the pair shared a celebratory post on social media to mark the beginning of the festivities. "Tomorrow," Gates captioned a video of Gottschalk dipping her in front of letter lights that read "Adam & Raven." While en route to their rehearsal dinner, the couple also shared that there was a chance for rain the morning of their wedding, though Gottschalk remained hopeful. Rainy conditions aside, they expressed their excitement for what's to come. "I've been so emotional in such a great way," she said in an Instagram Story.
How They Met
Gates, 29, was a finalist on Nick Viall's Season 21 of The Bachelor, landing in the final two before her departure. Gottschalk first appeared on Rachel Lindsay's Season 13 of The Bachelorette before moving onto ABC's spinoff series, Bachelor in Paradise. In fact, that's where the to-be-weds first met and fell for each other.
While filming the show, the pair hit it off and unlike many of their fellow participants, "Radam" (as their couple name goes) stayed together upon leaving paradise. Their relationship continued to thrive while the couple lived in different parts of the country (she's native to Arkansas and he was based in San Francisco).
How He Proposed and Wedding Planning Details
In May 2019, Gottschalk proposed on a decorated rooftop and the engagement moment involved tears. "I'm keeping you forever and for always," Gates wrote on Instagram at the time. "We will be together all of our days Wanna wake up every morning to your sweet face...Always."
Wedding planning proved to be challenging for the reality couple. Like their fellow 2020 to-be-weds, the couple had to grapple with postponements, among other tentative case scenarios with their wedding day. "We were supposed to be married three times by now and haven't yet," Gates said in September 2020 on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever. "My brother asked me over the weekend, 'Are you married yet? Have you just not [gone] ahead and eloped at this point?' And I'm like, 'No, we're waiting it out.'"
According to The Knot 2020 Real Weddings Study, one out of every two couples (47%) rescheduled a reception from their 2020 original date into this year. However, many engaged couples emerged from the experience assured about their new dates in 2021 with about 60% of respondents saying they were confident about their rescheduled wedding reception date. Thankfully, for Raven and Adam, they're married, at last.