The First ‘Bachelor’ Wedding Finally Arrives

Jason and Molly Mesnick are living proof that the reality-show-as-matchmaker concept works

Last Updated: March 8, 2010 @ 2:10 PM

Tonight we will see the very first wedding from "The Bachelor." Trista was the Bachelorette, so if we are going to separate the two shows, this is the first one, and like so many people, I am really excited.

I have had a love/hate relationship with Jason Mesnick over the past year. When he became "The Bachelor," I was happy for him. I dug that he was a single dad and he came across as a normal and decent guy.

When his season ended, I thought he was a putz like the rest of America. I thought he was an idiot, and Molly was a home wrecker.

It’s insane that we all got so invested in the lives of strangers, but in the end, it means the show is working that we care that much.

I had an opportunity to meet Jason after the big fiasco, and it was very interesting. In listening to his side of things, I realized that he was not the bad guy I had decided he was.

In the end he followed his heart, and opted to have love and be hated, rather than sacrifice love to be the good guy.

I was so angry that I did not get my happy ending, as a viewer, that I forgot to see Jason and Molly got theirs. I could not be happier for these two. They are lovely, and I think they will live a long and happy life together.

When I spoke with Molly and Jason after their wedding, they were still giddy, and floating on air. I referred to Molly as Mrs. Mesnick and you could feel her happiness as she said it would never get old to be called that.

Even the fact that it poured rain on their outdoor ceremony, during their vows, did not dampen the day.

It’s symbolic, if you ask me. After everything they went through, the rain came to wipe the slate clean and allow them a fresh and new beginning.

I asked Molly if she was bitter or angry that her fairy tale was somehow tainted, and she said no. Her feeling is that if they had not gone through all the fallout when the season ended, they would not be where they are now.

She said it was a very difficult period of time for them, and while it sounded cliché, it brought them closer together. Part of Molly is so thrilled to have this happy ending for everyone who watched. It really is their true, absolutely happy moment.

The Mesnicks said a lot of people see the wedding as a television show, but for them, it was their wedding, and that’s what they focused on. They are glad people can share their happiness, because it was "the best weekend of our lives," they said.

Regardless of what you think about Jason and Molly, you cannot deny that the show worked. They went to find love, and they did. They are the only ones to have made it, so as viewers, we need to celebrate with them. "The Wedding" will air tonight on ABC at 8 p.m.

In other "Bachelor" news, Jake Pavelka is on the new season of ABC’s "Dancing With The Stars." Really? I could barely get through his "Bachelor" season and now he is bleeding over into another show. I don’t get it. I will totally watch, but I don’t get it.

I think the best thing about Jake being on "DWTS" is that we’ll get to see Vienna every week. I think this chick is fascinating. She is the best thing to come out of reality television in a long time. I want her to marry Russell from "Survivor," and then have their own reality show.

We will be able to track Jake and Vienna’s relationship by whether or not she is in the audience cheering her man on.

I wonder what she is going to do in Los Angeles while he dances. She has no job, and apparently no friends. The show will either bond them together or rip them apart.

Vienna, call me. I will keep you company. We can go shopping and have lunch. We can spray tan and get our nails done. We can plan your wedding and scrapbook all the tabloid articles about you. I heart you, Vienna. Call me. Seriously. BFFs, sister. Call!

Ilana Angel is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. She is author of the "Keeping the Faith" singles blog for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. You can follow her at