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'The Bachelorette': Ashley and J.P. preview their wedding special

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Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, the second "Bachelorette" couple to ever walk down the aisle, will share their wedding with millions of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachlorette" fans when ABC televises their much anticipated wedding on "The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding," airing on Sunday, December 16 (9:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC.

Additionally, the happy couple has requested that Chris Harrison officiate the wedding. Since they met and fell in love on "The Bachelorette," it just felt right to them that Chris, who host both "The Bacholerette" and "The Bachelor," should also marry them.

"When we were trying to figure out who, who we would want to officiate, Chris Harrison was really our first choice," J.P. said during a recent phone interview. "He has been there from the very beginning when Ashley was obviously on Brad's season and then throughout our season, he's seen our good sides and our bad sides. And even off the show, we keep in touch, we see him when he's in New York. We have really a great relationship. And it just all made sense to come full circle and to have Chris Harrison up there, up there with us."

The guest list at the wedding includes former "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" cast members Trista and Ryan Sutter, Jason and Molly Mesnick, Ali Fedotowsky, Jillian Harris, Deanna Pappas, the next Bachelor Sean Lowe, Roberto Martinez and Ryan Park.

In the special Ashley and J.P., who were married on December 1st, will look back at their life since their engagement and how they surprised their parents with the happy news of their wedding date. The couple also met their wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, who has arranged a number of celebrity nuptials, and discover just how much will go into making their special day a day to remember.

The couple, who reside on the East Coast, surprisingly chose a location in Pasadena, CA for their ceremony.

"Pasadena was really the most beautiful of every place of everywhere we were considering," said J.P. "The West coast is not exactly convenient for all of us East Coasters but you know, at the end of the day, it just, it just was really far and away the nicest place that we had seen....There were some people that didn't get to make it, but I don't think it had anything to do with the distance. It was more so a factor of, of prior obligations on their part."

They did not want what J.P. called "a cookie cutter wedding," choosing to do things were own way. Harrison as the officiant was just an example of the couple's style. Ashley didn't even throw the bouquet.

As for the wedding gown, the bride chose Randi Rahm as the designer.

"I went back and forth from lace to satin and I didn't really know exactly what I wanted," said Ashley. "I've never tried on dresses so I didn't know what looks great on my body. And then I just, do you want to know what I really did? Honestly? I just went on, not Instagram, what's that site? Pinterest. And I just looked up wedding dresses and I kind of stole little pieces of all these different dresses that I loved. And then obviously Randi Rahm did my dress. She did my dress the first night of the show, and she did my finale dress when I was on "The Bachelorette" and I know that we have the same idea of aesthetics. So I met up with her and I threw her all of the ideas that I had, and we just worked together over time and she custom made this beautiful, I mean, it's awe it was the perfect dress for me. It's, it was stunning, beautiful, perfect. Everything I've ever wanted."

The couple threw in traditional Judiasm elements to their wedding a well, adding all the wedding elements that were handed down from their family history. "When Ashley and I discussed it, she was obviously very open to incorporating anything that I wanted to incorporate," shared J.P. "So we had, we got married under a chuppah, we broke the glass, we signed the Ketubah. I was wearing a yarmulke, there was definitely a lot of Judaism influence in the wedding."
Ashley and J.P. dance their first dance to rock-pop artist Matt White's Billboard hit "Love."

"The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding" will air Sunday, December 16 and will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online. For more information on "The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding," visit ABC.com.

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