“I was just thinking, ‘Remember your vows, and don’t lose it,’ ” Rachel tells PEOPLE exclusively. “But it went by so fast. The ceremony was almost a blur!”
Rachel, 34, stayed dry-eyed, but her husband-to-be nearly didn’t.
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“She almost had me,” Bryan, 39, says of Rachel saying her vows. “When she was reciting, I lost my breath for a second, but I kept it together!”
Says Rachel: “I did a portion of the vows where I thanked him. I thanked him for allowing me to be myself and respecting me for who I am. That’s something I struggled with in past relationships but I’ve never had that issue with Bryan. He’s so comfortable in who he is and who I am, and in what we have together.”
It’s a relationship that has remained steadfast since the couple met on The Bachelorette in 2017. “We clicked the first time we met,” says Rachel, who gave Abasolo the coveted first impression rose. “I was impressed.”
The wedding, planned by Mikie Russo of Michael Russo Events, was a celebration of their journey thus far — and of the one they’re about to embark upon.
“The show was one [part of our lives],” says Bryan. “This is the next chapter.”