Last night ABC televised the rarest of reality TV events — a Bachelorette wedding. The franchise has only seen a few unions in the past. Of course Trista Rehn married Ryan Sutter in 2003. Jason Mesnick back-peddled from his final rose winning fiancee Melissa Rycroft to make Molly Malaney his bride. And now Ashley Herbert and J.P. Rosenbaum are walking down the aisle.
Of course they actually wed on December 1 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. But this Sunday night they’ll be joined by millions of their closest friends in what will surely be the reality TV wedding of the decade.
Now that fans have witnessed their “I do’s,” they’re sure to wonder what’s next for the happy couple. In a recent conference call interview Ashley and J.P. told us what lies ahead.
The dental school grad and construction manager currently reside in Princeton, New Jersey, while she works in Philadelphia and he punches a clock in New York. But as Ashley noted, “We've been living here for probably six months now. And we live here as kind of like a compromise… In terms of long future, we're not really sure… We still have a couple years left in Princeton. We'll probably stay in the Northeast, maybe New York, maybe North Jersey, maybe Connecticut.”
They’ll also find time to take a honeymoon someplace tropical early next year. Since they both had to get back to work after the big event, they only spent one extra day in Pasadena.
But for the most part, they’ll enjoy their time together doing what they like to do best. J.P. explained that a perfect night includes “sitting home alone, ordering in and sleeping, laying on the couch. Fortunately we have a really good excuse to do that any weekend we want. Because once we moved to Princeton, we're now at least an hour, hour and fifteen minutes away from anything we want to do, whether it's hanging out with friends and family in the city, whether it's go to the shore, going to Philly. So we always have an excuse, ‘Oh it's an hour and a half away.’ We can just stay home and hang out on the couch. I think we really love to do it anyway, so it's not so much an excuse.”
And being alone also means that no one should expect to hear the pitter-patter of little feet any time soon. As Ashley confessed, “You just never really plan for that. We just got married, so we're just going to chill out for a little while and enjoy each other's company. We don't really have a plan yet. They're definitely in the future, the somewhat near future. But there's no specific timeline.”
That’s probably for the best considering they haven’t quite nailed down exactly how many babies they’d like to have. Ashley admitted, “We always go back and forth. If he wants two, I want one, I want another dog, J.P. doesn't.”
Still being married doesn’t feel all that different to the newlyweds. Ashley conceded, “We've lived together for over a year, so we know each other relatively well. And nothing major has changed. But there's this sense of security, this sense of forever, that didn't exist before we got married. Not to say that we didn't feel it. But there's something about being married that makes you feel different in that regard — like more of a security and I don't know why. Not to say that we didn't have security before but there's just this different sense of security.”
J.P. begged to differ, adding, “We always had that level of security, even before. I mean honestly nothing changed. We flew back to New Jersey and woke up the next morning and she went to work and I went to work and aside from joking around, pointing at our rings or leaving them in a dish by the shower, which I've already left mine home once already. But aside from that, from a relationship standpoint, nothing changes.”
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