The previews leading up to the season finale of "The Bachelorette" painted an ambiguous picture. Scenes of Ali Fedotowsky crying were interspersed with shots of her remaining suitors looking sullen and desperate, leading viewers to believe that their golden girl might end up all alone after a season of dramatic twists and turns.
But in the end, skillful editing couldn't hide a love that was meant to be. Atop a hillside in Tahiti, Fedotowsky gave the final rose to South Carolina native Roberto Martinez after he professed his love to her.
"I want to make you smile. I want to make sure you wake up every morning for the rest of your life knowing that you're so, so loved," he told her, as he dropped to one knee and produced a ring from his pocket.
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"Share your life with me. Be my wife. Will you marry me?" he asked.
"Yes," she said, before responding with "Aceptarias esta rosa?" which Martinez did.
While the finale reached an emotional peak in the closing moments, the impact was lessened due to Ali dumping her other finalist about halfway through the show.
Set to frolic on the sunny beaches of the tropical paradise for their Last Date, Fedotowsky rained on Chris Lambton's parade with a direct admission.
"I'm in love with somebody else," she told the 33-year-old landscaper. "I have to let you go here and not wait until tomorrow."
A shaken Lambton responded to the news with the class and grace that earned him a dedicated fan following over the course of the season. After thanking her for her honesty, he wished her well with Roberto.
"Good luck tomorrow," he said. "Go find out if he loves you."
What followed is something out of a reality show producer's fever dream. During the season, Lambton revealed that he moved back to his native Cape Cod from New York City to be with his family while his mother was dying from a degenerative disease. As Chris and Ali parted, a rainbow appeared in the sky. Call it a divine sign.
"That's my mom telling me it's going to be ok," he said.
Though she made a different choice, Fedotowsky had only kind words to offer about Lambton.
"I know I sent an amazing guy home, I know I did, " she said. "He would make a great husband."
Chris Lambton, stay by your phone. There's a reality dating show on ABC that might need a male lead for its fifteenth season.