Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima are married.
The former host of The Bachelor and its spinoffs, including The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, wed the producer on Oct. 14 in Napa Valley, Calif., and again on Nov. 4 in Austin, Texas, where the couple live, People reported. They couple also each posted a photo on Instagram. “We’re married ❤️ Let the journey begin …,” Zima wrote in her post.
They described the Napa Valley nuptials as an “emotional” and “jubilant” ceremony that was more intimate, with just family and their closest friends, while the Austin celebration was more of a “blowout bash” where they expanded the guest list to include several Bachelor franchise alums, including Wells Adams and Sarah Hyland, Ben and Jessica Higgins, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Sean and Catherine Lowe, JoJo Fletcher, Trista Sutter, Colton Underwood and Jordan C. Brown, Bob Guiney and Jessica Canyon.
The group got together “reminisce” the night before the ceremony, Harrison told People. He also joked that at the end of the night, he was “going to tell 10 of them that they will be going home broken-hearted and can’t come to the wedding.”
Signature cocktails at the event bore names with a winking nod to Harrison’s former gig, such as “The Final Rose” and “The Bachelor No More.”
“The running joke was whether we could find a way for Chris to officiate his own wedding, since he has so much experience,” Zima told People of Harrison, who has officiated several Bachelor franchise weddings. “But instead we had Mike Levitt, Chris’ longtime friend.”
Meanwhile, Napa Valley has special meaning for the couple as it’s where Harrison proposed to Zima in 2021.
The night before the Oct. 14 ceremony, former Bachelor Andrew Firestone emceed a welcome party at a local winery. During the reception the next night, Harrison’s daughter Taylor serenaded the couple with a cover of Leon Bridges’ “Beyond,” one of their favorite songs.
“As we thought about what we wanted to do, we wanted to make sure we had those emotional, intimate moments with our family and our very closest friends,” Zima told People of why they decided to have two ceremonies. “I’ve just heard a lot of people say that on your wedding day, you don’t get the time with everybody, so we decided to do a really small, intimate ceremony, with the people who have really been there with us since the beginning of our relationship.”
The couple first met when Zuma, a former correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, interviewed him in 2016. She interviewed him several more times before they started dating.
Harrison “is my teammate and supports me in everything,” Zima said, while Harrison described Zima “not just brilliant, but she is kind and she will love others to exhaustion.”
Harrison was previously married to Gwen Harrison. They announced their split in 2012, after 18 years of marriage.