Nick Viall popped the question to Grimaldi during the season 21 finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" Monday night. The proposal took place in Rovaniemi, Finland, after Viall broke the heart of Raven Gates by telling her she was not the one who had his heart.
But then Viall got down on one knee with tears in his eyes and told Grimaldi: "I do love you, I'm in love with you."
Then he asked her to marry him. She sobbed and said, "yes."
"I came here to find a love I've never felt before," Viall said earlier in the episode. "A love that has the strength to last a lifetime."
But not everyone seemed thrilled with the outcome.
"This could not be any more of a pre-written speech if she was reading off of notecards," one viewer said of Grimaldi's response to Viall.
"I can only hope my own engagement is as romantic as knowing he hooked up with someone else 24 hrs ago, but still chose me!" another viewer wrote.
"I don't know how he did it, but nick managed to lose the bachelor #TeamRaven," wrote another.
Bachelor Nation Has Mixed Reactions About Nick Viall and His Fiancée's 'Awkward' After the Final Rose Special
Nick Viall has chosen his bride-to-be, but Bachelor Nation couldn’t help but comment on the engaged couple’s seemingly awkward interaction during the After the Final Rose special.
Many Bachelor alums live-tweeted during Monday’s finale episode and several expressed their skepticism when it came to the future success of Viall’s relationship with winner Vanessa Grimaldi based off of the engaged couple’s on-screen interaction.
“What’s the winner going to do with her time this summer while nick is filming BIP?” tweeted season 17 rose-giver Sean Lowe. While his wife (and winner of season 17) Catherine Giudici Lowe wrote: “This is so real it’s kinda depressing.”
Similarly, past contestants Jade Tolbert, J.P. Rosenbaum and original Bachelorette star Trista Sutter also tweeted their reactions about the final pair.
The Bachelor Finale: Who Did Nick Pick and Did the Winner Say Yes?
Man, what a finale! Who would have thought that in the end, both Raven and Vanessa would dump Nick, and then he would run off with Andi Dorfman, and then Chris Harrison would propose to Corinne Olympios?!
Unfortunately, our fan fiction ending did not occur, and Nick ended up proposing to one of his final two. Despite his and his mom's strange concerns that if he proposed, his chosen lady might not say yes, Vanessa Grimaldi did, in fact, say yes.
But first, Nick and Vanessa had to pretend to be excited to get relationship and fertility advice from Santa Claus in a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere.
Sure, Vanessa met Nick's family first, and Vanessa cried and told them all about how she's not sure about getting engaged because blah blah blah, and Nick's dad told her love was not enough for a lasting relationship and blah blah blah, but it was Santa Claus who really got the two of them to talk about their deepest fears and other such serious topics.
They rode horses through the snow, and eventually ended up at a small cabin. They knocked on the door, and when Santa came out, Vanessa did her absolute best to convince us she was super freakin' excited to hang out in a very small space with a large man dressed as Santa. The wise old fictional character asked for their wishlists and gave them a gift with their faces on it, along with the symbols for happiness and fertility.
Vanessa did a whole lot of reaching in order to connect the very existence of Santa Claus to her relationship with Nick, and then the two lovebirds sat by the fire and bared their souls in a serious conversation we completely tuned out of, as we usually do.
We really should have known that Raven was about to lose based on the fact that her final date was a simple, short, romantic bout of ice skating, and they didn't get any "advice" or gifts from any old men in costumes, or have any deep conversations about the unknown or whatever. Then, Nick brought out some puppies, and puppies just scream "consolation prize."
Basically Raven never had a chance, even though if this were our decision, we'd pick the fun-loving Raven to spend the rest of our lives with. We'd also adopt those puppies.
But alas, we are not Nick, and apparently Nick is a bigger fan of long convos about feelings, which is fine.
Raven was obviously sad but took it like a champ. She even thanked Nick for everything, which makes very little sense. Also, why did Nick let her get all dressed up (in a dress completely inappropriate for Finland weather) and ready to accept a proposal before telling her he wasn't picking her? He knows what that feels like!
Vanessa, of course, was thrilled, once the show finally got around to showing us Nick's proposal, and she said yes.
Congrats to all of us! We did it!