JordAsh part 7 – The Final Rose aka ‘Leaps Of Faith’

Hi again! Welcome to Vomo 😉

I expect this to be a long post, we have a lot to get through!

I loved this episode, not only because of the proposal, but I really adored Ashley’s family! ALL of them! The problem with doing a recap so late after the end of the show airing, is that I now know a lot more about the people involved… and I just can’t hate CC. We’ll talk about it a little bit below of course, but as usual, I want to focus on the ‘Looks’ (aka those moments between JP and Ash we were lucky enough to be witness to).

Ashley was so happy to see her family, as she said herself when she hugged them “God I love my family!”. Personally, I am quite sorry we did not see more of Ashley’s mother and brother in particular, mostly because of the CC drama. Usually we would have had more time to see JP interact with the others.

JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley hebert's family

And I particularly liked her step-dad Mike.
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - step-father

Good eyes, and good head! One of the best moments of the ‘meet the family’ part of the episode is actually a deleted scene where JP declares his love for Ashley to Mike and Elliott, and gets both advice and blessing. Sadly, it seems the video is not available any more!

So, let’s take a look at the bits with the family we did see in the actual broadcast:

First off, I was really feeling pain for Ashley running in the sand with those heels!
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family

Thank God she got to take them off!

Before JP arrived, I think the best moment was when Ashley confirmed she was in love… How totally honest and immediate it was.
JP Rosenbaum meet Ashley Hebert sister

I also really liked Ashley’s mum so openly and joyfully welcoming JP to the family!
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert mother

Now, we do need to touch on Christie’s reaction to meeting JP, and her absolute opinion of him at the time. I must admit, I am a bit like JP: I understand she was protective, but I still don’t get it 🙂 However, I think I see the reasons why: she was expecting Ashley to end up with someone as bubbly and excited as herself, instead of realizing that JP, with his quieter way, balanced her out perfectly. In my mind, her relative calmness with JP compared to the excitement of Ben or even Brad, comes from the sense of serenity and security she feels with JP. Me and my hubby are living proof that complementing each other is much better in the long run than being similar. I think Ashley was right to think that CC would prefer Ben because they were so similar.

But that is just my interpretation I guess. I think she didn’t feel she had to overact her happiness, but just be. With Ben the next day, I often felt that she was really trying hard to look a lot bubblier, mostly because of the feedback from CC the previous day. Again, just my interpretation…

A few pics from that painful time:
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - crying

Best advice ever (Thanks Ashley’s Mum!!!) = “Follow your heart” (which is also given by Mike to Ashley in the second pic below and to JP in the deleted/missing scene)
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - mother advice
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - Father advice

I remember the very first time I watched this whole scene between Ashley, Christie and their mum, I was screaming at the TV so loud “LISTEN TO YOUR MUM!!!” 😉

I really felt for Ashley that day,
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - brother

but I felt a lot more for JP (sorry Ash!).He was totally blind-sided by Christie, especially when she compared him to Brad…
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - Brad Womack

Again, I think, as Ash explained, that CC missed the fact that Ashley was not SUBDUED but SERENE. Love will do that to you!

And then, in her turmoil, Ashley was unable to totally and unconditionally defend their relationship. Especially after he had unequivocally and without hesitation announced his love for her to her whole family. He seemed very hurt by it after she left him on the beach.
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - after 1
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - after 2
JP Rosenbaum meeting Ashley Hebert family - after 3

OK, ENOUGH!

Moving on to the second part of the episode, we get to final date time. And Man! Those 2 are sexy, separately and together!
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date 1
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date 2
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date 3

Of course, a lot of time is then spent talking about what happened when JP met the rest of Ashley’s family.
To be honest, I agreed with Ashley at the time that the age difference and complementarity (again, not a word) question raised by CC were a good opportunity to make sure that they were on the same page and look at the relationship from a more objective point of view. And it gave us some amazing gems… “When it comes to you, I’m flexible on EVERYTHING” or “I want US to start a new life together.”

JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date - flexible on everything
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date - start a new life together
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date 4
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date 5
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date 6
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert final date 7

But mostly, we got the FABULOUS outcome of JP telling Ashley he loved her… (swoon!)
JP Rosenbaum madly in love with you Ashley Hebert final date
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert madly in love
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert madly in love 2
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert madly in love 3
JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert madly in love 4

Most touching line of the series: “Try not to break my heart”!!!
JP Rosenbaum - Try not to break my heart

I assume after/before they got to do canoeing 🙂
Ashley and JP canoeing in Fiji

And of course, a whole lot of lovely making out, where we got to admire JP’s smooth undressing moves 🙂
Ashley and JP kissing in Fiji

The next part of the show has now become one of the most loved by “JordAsh” fans… that evening looked so gorgeous. Again, as in the Overnights’ episode, I found that either the relationship or the editing was a lot more subtle and oriented towards the emotional than the physical when compared to Ben’s (remember that making out on the bed?). Instead, we had hands touching and caressing, thoughtful looks and tender kisses… “I want her – Forever”.
But then again, I am soooo not objective!

I want her forever JP Rosenbaum
I want her forever JP Rosenbaum 2
I want her forever JP Rosenbaum 3
I want her forever JP Rosenbaum 4

… and that letter…
Gift JP Rosenbaum to Ashley Hebert - Beach picture - Poem

    “My dearest Ashley: This is the first chapter to the greatest love story ever told. The past few months have been the happiest of my life and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Meeting you has changed my life forever and falling in love with you is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. When we look back years from now, still happy and very much in love, we’ll always remember this time in our lives where ‘Ashley & JP’ first began. I love you, baby, with all my heart and I can’t wait for the next chapter. Love always, J.”

Message JP Rosenbaum to Ashley Hebert - Finale
Message JP Rosenbaum to Ashley Hebert - Finale 2

#LoveOrNothing
JP Rosenbaum - Love or Nothing

And FINALLY, we are at the end point, the Final Rose.
I adore Ben, and cannot wait to see him back on our screens. But not for our Ashley! So, as often in these recaps, I will skip over him and focus on #TeamCupcake!

Before I go all romantic, and assuming 99% of the people reading this are indeed Female, I will indulge in some eye candy (Sorry Ash, but you get him for the rest of your life, we get him on a few screen grabs!)

Final Rose - Sexy JP Rosenbaum 1
Final Rose - Sexy JP Rosenbaum 2
Final Rose - Sexy JP Rosenbaum 3
Final Rose - Sexy JP Rosenbaum 4

We get to the moment of the ring choice – I have read quite a few people saying that Ben’s choice was better than JP’s.

  • First, Ben chose first, so we’ll never know if JP may have chosen that one.
  • Second, I personally prefer the relative simplicity of the ring picked by JP. I think it fits Ashley’s slender fingers very well.
  • Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum picks chooses engagement ring for Ashley Hebert

    There was something I spotted when I first saw the finale, which I confirmed while working on this post. The planes used by JP and Ben were different. Therefore , once we saw who went into which, it was obvious from the moment Ashley’s voice-over started talking about saying good-bye and we saw the plane arrive, that Ben was going to get a No. At the time I got annoyed as it ruined about 3 minutes + ads of suspense *grin* (except I was pretty sure of the result anyway!) but I can be a bit of a freak when it comes to bad editing, and it annoyed me.

    Ben:
    Final Rose Ben Flajnik - Plane 1Final Rose Ben Flajnik - Plane 2Final Rose Ben Flajnik - Plane 3

    JP:
    Final Rose JP Rosenbaum - Proposal Plane 1Final Rose JP Rosenbaum - Proposal Plane 2Final Rose JP Rosenbaum - Proposal Plane 3

    And then we hear Ashley’s voice: “..putting an end to a relationship that at one point I thought could be everlasting…” as this plane appears:

    Final Rose Ben F - Proposal Plane

    Nice and blank… Ben’s.

      BTW, I will not point them out below, but if you look at the whole proposal/final rose scenes, the editing is awful… he has the rose on before she gives it, and when she says ‘I love you Baby’ after we see her give the Rose to JP, no rose on his lapel…

    Moving on from my slightly OCD observations, how GORGEOUS were Ashley’s shoes and dress! I really thought this was one of the best outfits of the season.
    Ashley Hebert Proposal Dress Final rose
    Ashley Hebert Proposal shoes Final rose

    And Chris rocked the white tie look!
    Chris Harrison finale the Bachelorette

    I have to give props to ABC for the romantic build-up, as we see the lovebirds waiting to be reunited and looking slightly stressed and impatient:

    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley and JP ImpatientThe Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley & JP Impatient

    Until…
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley and JP reunited

    How cute was JP getting out of the plane and walking to Ashley?
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum out of plane
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum walking to Ashley

    And did you notice the little smirk from Chris as JP showed him the ring box in his hand?
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum Chris Harrison Engagement ring

    But the big moment is finally there… almost 1500 words already in this post, and probably as many pics, so I will let the images do the talking (mostly).

    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 1
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 2
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 3
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 4
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 5
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 6

    In hindsight, knowing that Ashley had already told JP she was in love with him, I am a little annoyed at the whole “still afraid” bit. JP has admitted since that he was pretty sure she would pick him and she was certain he would propose.
    BUT, I know how the show works, and it was all done for effect.

    On we go, to JP’s speech… I am trying to respect, maintain the rhythm and sequence of the emotions of that moment:
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 7
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 8
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert 9

    …the ‘Leap of Faith‘…
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal Ashley Hebert - Leap of faith
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposes Ashley Hebert - Leap of faith
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposed to Ashley Hebert - Leap of faith
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal to Ashley Hebert
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal to Ashley Hebert 2
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal to Ashley Hebert 3
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal to Ashley Hebert 4
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - JP Rosenbaum proposal to Ashley Hebert 5

    … Ashley’s “official” love declaration 🙂
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum loves him 1
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum loves him 2
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum loves him 3

    …”You’re IT” and the proposal…
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 2
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal03
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal04
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal05

    Quick interruption…
    It’s funny, I was thinking at one point “this is so amazing, I wish my proposal was like that”… and then I realize the setting is less important than the feelings. In actual facts, my now husband of 9 years proposed to me one Sunday morning, in the tiny kitchen of our 1 bed-flat, wearing just shorts, while I was in an old T-shirt, buttering toasts… Still had the knife in my hand, so he must have felt confident 🙂 I only wish JP and Ashley are as happy and together in 9 years as I am with Mark.

    Interruption over, sorry!

    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 6
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 7
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 8
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 10

    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 11
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    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 13
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 15
    The Bachelorette Final Rose - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Proposal 16

    And to finish, the “Last and Final Rose”:
    The Bachelorette Finale - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum - Last and final rose 1
    The Bachelorette Finale - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum - Last and final rose 2
    The Bachelorette Finale - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum - Last and final rose 3
    The Bachelorette Finale - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum - Last and final rose 4
    The Bachelorette Finale - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum - Last and final rose 5
    The Bachelorette Finale - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum - Last and final rose 6

      THE END

    The Bachelorette Finale - Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum - The End

    The “afters” are the best bit, but I want to keep them and put them all together in my next post on the ATFR, which I hope to get done this week-end! In the meantime, thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed!

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    4 Responses to JordAsh part 7 – The Final Rose aka ‘Leaps Of Faith’

    1. Pam glover says:

      Reading this was so much fun! I love a “love story”!

    2. jodi deiser says:

      Just wanted to say thank you for doing these and for allowing us to be a part of it!!! I’ve enjoyed reading your “take” on things and while you may be a Frenchie in Ireland, this American in Indiana usually has the same take as you!

      Looking forward to your After the Rose blog–

    3. Lydia hill says:

      I love them both from the talk they have abt cupcake I know they where special it confirm in hong kong when she open up abt everything tht when I knew he was the on inlove both ring iWork in a high hand jewerly store we sell both of them I love the one Ben choose for me the one jp choose is perfect for Ashley because her finger is small and cute I know they gonna live happy and in love everyday

    4. pat says:

      There is no words it was great the time you put into it can be seen was done with love for these two you have spoken for so many
      They will be happy for many years