by Terri Pous
Well, that was fast! Bachelor alumna Renee Oteri married her fiancé less than three weeks after announcing her engagement! Oteri, a single mother from Florida that competed for Juan Pablo Galavis' heart on the most recent season of the ABC reality show, eloped with longtime friend Bracy Maynard yesterday.
Former Bachelorette star Desiree Hartsock cheekily Tweeted the news, saying, "I just witnessed the most romantic elopement ever! Congrats to the newlyweds. You know who you are." Soon after, Oteri posted photographic proof!
"And THAT just happened. I married my best friend of 22 years!" Oteri captioned the above photo, which she posted on Instagram. Photographer Andria Lindquist was on hand to snap some sweet moments between the newlyweds strolling down the street hand-in-hand. Other personal photos on Oteri's Instagram show her 8-year-old son clad in a suit and she and Maynard posing indoors.
All signs point to a low-key, City Hall ceremony, but Oteri did wear a traditional wedding dress and carried a bouquet.
We're not surprised that the down-to-earth Bachelor contestant found love again so quickly. Though Juan Pablo sent her home after the hometown dates, she turned up on the Women Tell All Episode basking in the glow of a new relationship.
During her sit-down with host Chris Harrison she bashfully admitted that she'd been dating since she left the show. "I am in a situation now where I'm very happy, but that's all I'm gonna say," she said when he asked if she'd met anyone special. "I don't want to jinx anything. It's good."
According to Us Weekly, a source revealed that she and her "situation" met long before she appeared on The Bachelor.
"Her fiancé has known Ben since he was a baby and Renee is so excited to start over with her new family in Seattle," the source said.
"She is so happy and has wanted this with her fiancé for a very long time!" another source added. "We're all so happy to see them back together!"
Now those friends can celebrate their marriage! We predict a post-ceremony bash for all of their friends and family now that they've made it official. In the meantime, we'll enjoy browsing through all of these adorable Instagram posts, below.
Congratulations to the happy couple!