They found love! Serene Russell and Brandon Jones connected during the 2022 season of Bachelor in Paradise, and they were one of the strongest couples on the beach. Keep reading to see details about their romance today!

Are Serene Russell and Brandon Jones Engaged?

Serene, 27, and Brandon, 28, got engaged on the beach in Mexico.

“Serene Brook Russell, I love you. I love you in every sense of the word. You are this ever-lasting spark that has hit me so hard and I have come to the beautiful realization that from the moment I saw you, my happily ever after could’ve never started until I started a life with you,” Brandon said while popping the question during the finale, which aired in November 2022. “I will love you until the end of the time. I will love you until my last breath. … Serene Brook Russell, will you make me the happiest man to walk this earth? Will you marry me?”

The feeling was definitely mutual. Serene gushed over feeling “seen” and “understood” in their relationship, adding that they are “two hearts cut from the same cloth.”

Although the Oklahoma native didn’t find love with Bachelor star Clayton Echard during season 26, she admitted that she learned a lot about herself through the experience that changed how she approached relationships. 

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“My time on the show has for sure impacted how I will date in the future because before I thought I was being so open in dating, but watching it back on TV I realized I had some walls up,” the elementary school teacher told Bachelor Nation in March 2022. “I truly learned so much about myself on this journey so I have a lot to take with me into dating in the future.”

Are Serene Russell and Brandon Jones Still Together?

Serene and Brandon are still together — and cohabitating. The reality TV couple moved into an apartment in San Diego together post-show and are wedding planning. 

Fans knew the outcome of the season after Brandon and Serene couldn’t entirely hide their love while taping the season 8 reunion on November 4, 2022. Multiple photos showed Serene sitting on Brandon’s lap with her arms around his shoulders as they posed for a group photo. 

In addition, they both followed each other on Instagram while the season was airing.

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Viewers fell head over heels for Serene while she explored a romance with Brandon, and her openness came following her stint on The Bachelor. The teacher revealed the “biggest thing” she “learned” about herself while watching back her journey with Clayton, 29, was that she “deserves grace.”

“I’ve always been really hard on myself and didn’t always allow myself to feel things,” the Bachelor Nation starlet told the outlet. “That’s been the biggest thing, getting to watch myself say things out loud for the first time and seeing my growth on the show has been really impactful for me.”

However, Brandon and Serene faced split rumors in January 2023. Serene shut the claims down via Instagram Stories after a fan asked if they broke up during a Q&A.

“The account that started this rumor kept posting it on different mediums even after I set them straight. You can’t believe everything you read online because how would they know,” she wrote via Instagram Stories on January 29, 2023.

Brandon echoed her sentiment by reposting Serene’s Instagram Story to his account. “These accounts be saying anything. Clout is a helluva drug,” Brandon wrote.

When Are Serene Russell and Brandon Jones Getting Married?

Serene and Brandon are planning to tie the knot in 2024, the couple exclusively told Life & Style at the ESPN Allstate Party on January 7, 2023.

“We’re still kind of trying to decide what kind of wedding we want,” Serene admitted, noting that they would keep their nuptials a “secret” from the public.

“We wouldn’t tell. We’d be like, ‘Hey everyone, we’re already married,’” she continued.

Who Have Serene Russell and Brandon Jones Dated in Bachelor Nation?

Serene was a fan favorite on season 26 before being eliminated after hometown dates. The former football player explained that his feelings were simply stronger for his final three contestants — Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey, who became the Bachelorettes during season 19, and Susie Evans, who Clayton dated until their split on September 23, 2022. 

As for Brandon, he was the runner-up on Bachelorette alum Michelle Young’s season. At the time, the traveling nurse recruiter was distraught and felt blindsided by the leading lady ending things with him to pursue a relationship with her now-ex-fiancéNayte Olukoya.

The Oregon native knew exactly what he was looking for before joining the BiP cast, including what qualities he wanted in his future wife. “He doesn’t want to be with someone who is still figuring herself out, and he hopes to find someone who can be his best friend and teammate for the rest of their lives,” according to his ABC bio.