Ashley Hebert can't wait to see her wedding video - well, except for the commercials. The Philly Bachelorette 's nuptials are the subject of a two-hour prime-time special on 6ABC Sunday night.
Like everything else in Hebert's fairy-tale, made-for-TV romance with J.P. Rosenbaum, the ceremony was couched in photogenic style.
"It was raining the whole week we were in Los Angeles," Hebert says of the Dec. 1 event in Pasadena. "There seemed to be a dark cloud hanging over us. But as soon as I started walking down the aisle, the rain stopped and everyone put their umbrellas down."
The sudden change in weather makes for a dramatic spectacle in The Bachelorette: Ashley & J.P.'s Wedding. Luckily, the $75,000 gown custom-designed by Randi Rahm didn't get wet. The petite bride might not have been able to handle the added weight.
"It's a stiff satin mermaid dress with a 40-pound train, all hand-beaded," says Hebert, 28. "It was the heaviest thing in the world, but I didn't care."
The ceremony was attended by about 200 family members and friends, including the only two previous couples from the Bachelor(ette) franchise to be married, both on ABC: Jason and Molly Mesnick and Ryan and Trista Sutter.
Pronouncing Ashley and J.P. husband and wife was none other than Chris Harrison, the reality show's host, who since getting ordained on the Internet this year is now a full-service Cupid.
The bride and groom still had to persuade Harrison to serve as the minister.
"My whole reluctancy to do it was I didn't want to take away from the fact that this is a wedding," he says. "As crazy as the show is, at the base of it are Ashley and J.P., two good friends of mine who are very much in love. I didn't want to take away from their special day."
It was a nondenominational service with several elements added to honor Rosenbaum's Jewish heritage.
"We got married under a chuppah," Hebert says. "We took the ketubah vows, smashed the glass, and danced a hora."
But she stopped short of converting to Judaism. "I've never been a religious person," she explains. "I love Jewish traditions, but I think it's a disservice to convert if I don't have belief."
Hebert is still working on adopting her husband's name. "I'll change my name eventually, I guess," she says. "But I'm having trouble with it. That's my identity. I'll get there, but it's going to take some time."
The honeymoon is also being put off until the new year. Instead, the newlyweds flew right back to their new home in Princeton, a geographical compromise to their careers.
Rosenbaum's job as a construction manager is in New York. Hebert, who was born in Maine, is doing a pediatric dental residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
She was attending Penn's dental school when she took time off to participate in the 15th season of The Bachelor and then the seventh season of The Bachelorette, which culminated in her engagement to Rosenbaum.
Hebert went into both experiences with an open heart, hoping for love.
"I always had faith" in the shows, she says. "I was never skeptical. I believe you can meet someone anywhere."
Even on TV.