'The Bachelor' Star Sean Lowe Reveals Catherine Giudici's Surprising Reaction to His Proposal

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici
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Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici


Can you believe it's been one year since The Bachelor stars Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici tied the knot on live TV? Neither can we, so it's a good thing that Sean's refreshing our memory with his new book, For the Right Reasons: America's Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First.

Besides addressing topics like The Bachelor drama and falling in love on the show, the newlywed also shared an exclusive excerpt with The Knot about when he proposed to a very surprised Catherine.


Up in the distance, Catherine was walking toward me on that winding pebble path. She wore a mesmerizing gold dress. I suddenly realized, That beautiful woman followed by cameras and producers and staffers is about to become my wife.

She came on the platform, and I started the speech that had been swirling around in my head.

Her reaction was priceless. She gasped and started waving her hands. I thought she was going to pass out. The producers were on their walkie talkies saying, "Medic, stand by. Possible fainting." She looked as though she'd lost control of her body.

Then I heard the word I'd been waiting so long to hear. "Yes!" She trembled as I hugged her.

"Are you serious?" she asked. "Are you serious?"

"Did you even see the ring?" I prompted. It was just like Catherine not to even look at her finger.

"It's gorgeous," she said, but I could tell she didn't realize her hand was seventy-five thousand dollars heavier. She would've been just as happy with a piece of yarn wrapped around her finger.

As I hugged her, she kept saying, "Is this for real?"

It was an interesting question.

If anyone had asked me when I first decided to be on a reality TV show if there was anything "real" about it, I would've laughed. It's hard to take seriously the whole show, filled with glamorous dresses, heavy-handed rose symbolism, constantly flowing champagne, fake eyelashes, and strained dating situations.

However, as I stood in Thailand, looking at the woman who would become my future wife and the mother of my children, I knew — definitively — the answer to that question.

"This is real," I said. "I'll love you for the rest of your life."

Sean Lowe

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