Big baby news in the Bachelor world! Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham are expecting their first child together. The two just dropped the news with a handful of pregnancy pics on Us Weekly. Arie and Lauren aren’t married yet, but they confirmed that they do have wedding plans in motion. The two plan to tie the knot on January 12 (aka Janu-Arie *eye roll*), and consider the pregnancy a happy surprise.
“The first thing we thought of was, ‘Oh my gosh. Our wedding,'” Lauren told Us Weekly. “Obviously, we’re not married yet, but this is the way it happened — and this is probably the way it was meant to happen!” The wedding is only two months away, but most details are probably already set. The couple dished on the After the Final Rose special that they started planning before they were engaged. They gushed to People magazine, “We want to do it quick!”
Lauren is working with her wedding dress designer Hayley Paige to make sure her dress fits her changing body. Hayley Paige is a favorite in the Bachelor world, so Lauren is sure to look stunning. As for the venue, the two are going for a gorgeous greenery vibe. Arie posted a photo of Haiku Mill, a venue on Maui’s north shore, that he captioned, “Can’t wait to make @laureneburnham my wife. This is the incredible venue for our wedding JanuARIE 12th! [SIC]”
Will we be able to watch these two walk down the aisle on ABC? Unfortunately, the event is just for friends and family, according to Arie. “It’s a private wedding, so not on TV,” he said on The View in May. “Just a close group of friends. Probably 100 guests.” ABC exec Rob Mills weighed in on the decision during an interview with Variety in May and said it was probably for the sake of privacy.
“I don’t think they’ve been a couple that people have been particularly kind to, so they probably didn’t want a bunch of people hate-watching their wedding,” he continued. “For us, we’re just thrilled that they did find love. They went through this really painful experience and are going [to] get married. So we’re happy for them.” Honestly, it’s hard not to be happy for the couple right now.
The two have very big things on the horizon. Congrats, Lauren and Arie!
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