AceShowbiz - Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo are officially married, two years after getting engaged in season 13 of "The Bachelorette". The couple tied the knot at the Royalton Suites Hotel in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday evening, August 24.
According to E! News, the ceremony took place on a terrace overlooking the ocean around 6 P.M. The bride wore a cream Randi Rahm wedding gown with a short sleeve lace bodice and full tulle skirt, while the groom donned a cream and brown trimmed tux and brown pants.
"Pachelbel's Canon" was played as the wedding party walked in. "All the guests were in awe as Rachel entered," a source tells the site. "She looked like a princess in her wedding dress with a big tulle skirt and lace top. She had a big smile on her face and locked eyes with Bryan immediately."
"Everyone was seated in white chairs and looked out at the water as they said their vows," the eyewitness continues sharing. "The decor was minimal. There was white drapery overhead and a white aisle runner with green leaves. The green leaves were used throughout the wedding decor at both the ceremony and reception. The ceremony was brief as it was very hot outside. Rachel and Bryan took turns holding a microphone as they read personal vows. At the end, they kissed and everyone cheered."
Wedding planner Michael Russo additionally gushes to PEOPLE about the couple's wedding. "Rachel was the epitome of elegance and grace as she walked down the aisle towards Bryan. The ceremony was filled with so much joy, love and laughter," he says. "As they exchanged their personal handwritten vows, you could feel the unbridled emotion and powerful connection between them."
After saying their "I dos," the newlyweds continued the celebration outdoors with the reception being set up around a lighted dance floor surrounded by cabana daybeds. "There was a screen with big green leaves illuminated on it and their gold emblem R&B in the middle of the dance floor," E! News' source goes on dishing.
Rachel ditched her tulle skirt in exchange for white shorts and wore sparkly ankle boots for the reception. The pair danced their first dance to Maxwell's 1999 ballad "Fortunate". Lindsay and her father danced together to Maze and Frankie Beverly's 1981 hit "Before I Go", while Bryan and his mother danced to Boyz II Men's 1997 track "A Song for Mama".
During her speech, the 34-year-old attorney told her guests that you can find love on a TV show. "But if you didn't believe it there, you'll believe it today, watching us as we celebrate with you guys," she said in front of the crowd, which included "The Bachelor" alums namely Kristina Schulman, Astrid Loch and Bibiana Julian. "We can't say thank you enough for being here."
Despite finding love on a TV show, Rachel and Bryan decided to forgo a televised wedding. Rachel previously admitted she initially wanted a TV wedding, but "then, as we got to know each other in the real world and things became normalized, and then I started hearing horror stories about these TV weddings, I am very thankful that we don't have one and that we're doing it on our own. I also think that it shows to the world or Bachelor Nation that what we have is more real."
She went on explaining their decision, "We don't need TV. We don't need to get paid. We're doing this because this is what we want to do. And I think it has more meaning."
Rachel initially competed for Nick Viall's love in season 21 of "The Bachelor". After placing third, she went on becoming the lead of "The Bachelorette" in 2017. She was the first African American Bachelorette in the franchise.