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The Bachelor star Ben Higgins ties-the-knot with girlfriend Jessica Clarke

Ben Higgins is officially off the market.

The former Bachelor star married his girlfriend of three years, Jessica Clarke, on Saturday in a gorgeous setting at The Estate in Cherokee Dock, which is near Nashville, Tennessee, the couple confirmed to People. 

‘I am so excited,’ Higgins, 32, gushed during an interview with the publication, before adding, ‘We have so much to look forward to. And I know we will have a beautiful marriage.’

Just married! Ben Higgins married his girlfriend of three years, Jessica Clarke, on Saturday in a gorgeous setting at The Estate in Cherokee Dock, which is near Nashville, Tennessee, the couple confirmed to People

In keeping with a safety first motto, amid COVID-19, guests were required to be vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test to attend.

The guest list included Bachelor Nation couples:  Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, Becca Kufrin and Thomas Jacobs and Dean Unglert and Caelynn Miller-Keyes. 

There was also franchise alums such as Nick Viall and Wells Adams, who also served as a groomsman.    

Earlier this month, Higgins revealed to Us Weekly that Chase McNary, Blake Horstmann, Elyse Dehlbom, Shawn Booth, Chris Soules, and Becca Tilley would also be on hand for the festivities.     

Excited: 'I am so excited,' Higgins, 32, gushed during an interview with the publication, before adding, 'We have so much to look forward to. And I know we will have a beautiful marriage'

Excited: ‘I am so excited,’ Higgins, 32, gushed during an interview with the publication, before adding, ‘We have so much to look forward to. And I know we will have a beautiful marriage’

Described as a ‘simple and beautiful’ ceremony, the bride walked down the aisle decked out in a gown by Anne Barge, while the groom wore a tuxedo.

Clarke and Higgins exchanged personalized vows during the ceremony, which also featured a scripture reading and quotes from Winnie-the-Pooh that were specially selected by the couple.      

After the ceremony, guests soaked in the sights of the lakeside reception, where cocktails and dinner were served – which included the couple’s favorite foods like pizza and sliders.     

Three days earlier, with the big day fast approaching, Higgins took to Instagram and shared some heartfelt emotions flooding his mind, body and soul.

‘My heart is at peace and my amazement continues that I get to marry @jessclarke_,’ he wrote alongside a photo of the couple smiling together on the front stoop of a home. ‘She brings me to praise and thankfulness everyday (for the last 3 years). This is something I have dreamed of, my family has prayed for, and now we will celebrate!’ 

Scenic: The couple exchanged their vows at The Estate in Cherokee Dock, which is near Nashville, Tennessee, that sits along a gorgeous lake

Scenic: The couple exchanged their vows at The Estate in Cherokee Dock, which is near Nashville, Tennessee, that sits along a gorgeous lake

Clarke and Higgins exchanged personalized vows during the ceremony, which also featured a scripture reading and quotes from Winnie-the-Pooh that were specially selected by the couple.

Clarke and Higgins exchanged personalized vows during the ceremony, which also featured a scripture reading and quotes from Winnie-the-Pooh that were specially selected by the couple.

The Indiana native also announced he would be putting his camera phone down so he can gladly soak in the ‘joy and excitement’ of his wedding. He promised to share photos and videos of their celebration on social media ‘soon after the week ahead.’

Clarke, 25, has also been taking to her social media platforms to gush over the groom.

‘Ben doesn’t just make me want to be a better person, but he actually makes me a better person,’ Clarke told People, adding, ‘He assures me in all of my dreams and all of my goals. I never thought I’d have a partner that accepted every part of me.’   

Higgins, who made his debut on Bachelor Nation when he competed for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s heart on season 11 of The Bachelorette, met Clarke through Instagram in 2018.

Feeling the sparks flying, the pair’s relationship got serious quick, and by late March 2020 they announced their engagement on social media.    

‘From my first date in life to the moments in between they all led me to getting down on one knee in front of you @jessclarke_,’ Higgins said of his proposal on March 30.

Lakeside view: After the ceremony, guests moved to the lakeside reception, where cocktails and dinner were served, which included the couple's favorite foods like pizza and sliders

Lakeside view: After the ceremony, guests moved to the lakeside reception, where cocktails and dinner were served, which included the couple’s favorite foods like pizza and sliders

He continued, ‘This weekend I asked Jessica to give me the honor of being her partner for life. She said YES! I now officially have the most beautiful, kind hearted, supportive, well intentioned person to spend life with! Our adventurous ride through life together is just starting @jessclarke_! Let’s celebrate…but for now let’s stay home and isolate.’

He ended by sharing the photo credit to @r_petey, and an explanation on the safety precautions taken amid the growing coronavirus crisis, which was deemed a pandemic a couple weeks earlier.  

For her engagement announcement, Clarke shared a photo of Higgins proposing one one knee.

‘I don’t remember everything you said, but I know that I said yes. I woke up in a dream today and I get to live in this dream every day from now on (eeeep),’ she wrote in the caption.        

After his initial spot on The Bachelorette in 2015, Higgins went on to appear in the 20th season of The Bachelor in 2016, and star alongside his then fiancée Lauren Bushnell in the reality show Ben and Lauren, Happily Ever After? 

He also became a contestant on the reality show The Bachelor Winter Games in 2018 but left the show early after not connecting with anyone romantically.

It was later that year that Higgins met his bride, Jessica Clarke, on Instagram. 

Engagement: The reality star announced the couple's engagement in late March 2020 by sharing some lovely words about his bride-to-be, which he described as 'the most beautiful, kind hearted, supportive, well intentioned person to spend life with!'

Engagement: The reality star announced the couple’s engagement in late March 2020 by sharing some lovely words about his bride-to-be, which he described as ‘the most beautiful, kind hearted, supportive, well intentioned person to spend life with!’


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