Bachelor Nation's Brayden Bowers and Christina Mandrell Get Engaged at Golden Bachelor Wedding

The Golden Bachelor wedding started off on a rosy note, with Bachelor in Paradise's Brayden Bowers proposing to Bachelor alum Christina Mandrell on live TV.

By Gabrielle Chung Jan 05, 2024 2:54 AMTags
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The Golden Bachelor's Gerry Turner wasn't the only one one planning a trip down the aisle during his wedding special.

Just moments before the 72-year-old was due to exchange vows with Theresa Nist on live TV, fellow Bachelor Nation star Brayden Bowers popped the question to Christina Mandrell.

During the nuptials' televised cocktail hour, the couple spoke to host Jesse Palmer about their upcoming move to Tennessee, before Brayden revealed plans to take their relationship one step further and got down on one knee.

"For the first time in my life, I feel like I've found someone I can be myself with unapologetically," Brayden told Christina. "Like Gerry said, we have such little time."

He continued, "I know I want to spend the rest of my life with you."

Before the Bachelor in Paradise alum could finish his proposal, Christina said yes and gave him a kiss. 

"Put it on me!" she joked of her Neil Lane engagement ring, before quipping to her new fiancé, "This is why we got our nails done?"

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Brayden was first introduced to Bachelor Nation in 2023, when he appeared on Charity Lawson's season of The Bachelorette. After failing to win the therapist's heart, he appeared on Bachelor in Paradise but was eliminated from the dating show during the fourth week.

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Brayden and Christina, who vied for Zach Shallcross' love on The Bachelor last year, started dating after connecting on social media.

"She actually DM'd me," Brayden recalled during The Golden Bachelor wedding special. "We just started hitting it off."

The pair went public with their relationship during the BIP season finale in December. At the time, the show said that Brayden was teaching Christina's daughter Blakely, who she shares with ex Blake Dennis, "how to accessorize."

Who else was at The Golden Bachelor wedding? Keep reading to find out.

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist

Susan Noles, Theresa Nist and Gerry Turner

Joan Vassos, Charity Lawson and Kathy Swartz

Michelle Young and Jack Leius

Christina Mandrell and Brayden Bowers

Tayshia Adams and Natascha Hardee

Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert

Zach Shallcross and Kaity Biggar

Trista Sutter and Ryan Sutter with their kids Blakesley and Maxwell

Ben Higgins

Ashley Iaconetti

Patty James

Kenny Braasch

Mari Pepin

Ryan Sutter, Trista Sutter, Jason Mesnick, Molly Mesnick, Charity Lawson and Kathy Swartz

Patty James, Nancy Hulkower, Anna Zalk and Joan Vassos

Michelle Young and Jack Leius

Joey Graziadei, Jack Leius and Michelle Young

Trista Sutter

Molly Mesnick, Ashley Iaconetti, Trista Sutter and Desiree Siegfried

Raven Gates, Tayshia Adams and Caelynn Miller-Keyes

Kaitlyn Bristowe

Raven Gates and Wells Adams

Caelynn Miller-Keyes

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