I can’t believe that I am finally sitting down to do the ATFR recap… I am actually feeling a bit sad about it. But, we have been given a new Bachelor, and other romantic news are happening in the #BachelorNation. So all is not lost for us romantics.
In this look-back, I will give my thoughts and feelings on Ben, Ben & Ashley, Ashley, Ashley and JP, Christie and of course the fashion. (I know I usually only focus on JP and Ash, but I think Ben deserves a couple of paragraphs and pics at least). I will also do a photo recap of the additional footage from JP and Ashley’s engagement day, shown either at the end of the finale or at the end of ATFR. So, here we go… enjoy!
It was lovely to see Ben getting such a warm welcome on set. I know the public is asked to clap anyway, but that felt really honest. A lot of girls though in the audience…
As Chris said: “It’s like being on a construction site here, with all the cats calls”. (Funny, but in that context, not sure talking about construction sites was particularly sensitive…?)
I have obviously read a lot since then, and it seems a lot of people were taken aback by the fact that Ben did not seem very heart-broken. But we need to remember that the final rose was taped 2 months prior to ATFR, and he obviously had time to 1) get over his heart-break and 2) get over his anger!
But watching him watching his failed proposal was excruciating.
Ben: “Good things don’t end unless they end badly”
There has been a lot of harsh words towards Ashley ‘leading him on’ and letting him propose. I have a feeling she did not get much choice. Ali’s actions last season were great, but most other Bachelors or Bachelorettes before have done the same and kept the charade going until the proposal. Although I do think that she SHOULD have stopped him actually proposing, I don’t think she COULD have in her turmoil and his determination… IMHO.
Also, I think some fans of Ben have been particularly hard on her. I think they should listen to him explaining that he would not have been able to even fall in love in the first place (and therefore be opened and ready to be the next Bachelor) hadn’t it been for Ashley…
Ben, you are a great guy and I wish you the best and to find ‘The One’.
I really felt that Ashley handled herself really well with Chris. She did not try to deny the heartaches and mistakes, but kept coming back to the end result.
And the look on her face when Chris announced JP…
*ASHLEY & JP*
OK, now a little emotional journey in pictures and quotes, starting by a really cute grabs of the 2 of them:
- When I’m with her, nothing else matters… she’s the best thing that ever happened to me
- We’re always on each other’s side… It’s the strongest relationship I’ve ever had
Some shots of them about to watch, and watching, the proposal for the first time…
- (BTW, how awesome is that body language!)
Now keep your eyes peeled on the bottom-left corners in particular 🙂
Feeling a bit emotional watching it again… a bit like Ashley’s gorgeous mum:
Thankfully, CH is there to relieve a bit of the emotional tension with his sport reference… JP did absolutely NAIL it, I’m sure we all agree 🙂 And I loved JP’s face when he suggested Chris ask Ashley to grade him (and of course she agreed he did in fact nail it!)
Now, I do not want to linger too long on the whole Christie thing, but it did give us some nice pics and quotes too…
- What’s not to love? (ahah!)
- I don’t get it, I probably never will (Hear! Hear!)
- It’s clear to me that you’re the one… ‘TEAM CUPCAKE’!
There is too much to talk about it all, but one of my favorite moment was when Chris started his little promo on the free trip to Fiji…
- CH: We don’t want you to leave here empty-handed…
- JP: errr…. I’m not (Stoopid!)
Before we look at the ‘out-takes’, let’s look at the Looks!
* FASHION *
Quick note on the fashion choices of that night… not much to say on Chris.
Regarding Ashley, I had a bit of a Jekyll/Hyde reaction… O loved her top and thought it looked great on her. But I really hated that skirt. Then again, I am really not big on sequins.
As for Ben… oh my! I really hope they get him a personal stylist for his season. I am not saying he needs to change his personality, but the blue socks and the (pink?) stripe on the tie… noooooooo. Also not a huge fan of the rolled sleeves in a formal(ish) setting.
These are from both the Finale and the ATFR…
- YOUR sweet dance moves
And the last 2 moments, my ultimate favourites of the ENTIRE season:
JP – … to Fiji, several islands. What’s next?
Ashley – My Bed!
JP – BYYYE!
Ashley – So you did ever think that it would all end like this?
JP – You walked in, in the first Rose Ceremony, like “my husband is definitively in this room” and I’m like “What the F* is she talking about!?
Ashley – And it’s you!
JP – And it’s me!
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