Melissa Rycroft Locks Down Her Man

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Melissa Rycroft married
Abandoned Bachelor contestant wins marriage race.

Melissa Rycroft, the Bachelor contestant whom Jason Mesnick proposed to and then dumped in favor of the runner-up, Molly Malaney, on national television back in March, got the last laugh on Jason by walking down the aisle over the weekend. On Saturday, Melissa married her on-and-off boyfriend, Tye Strickland, whom she dated before going on The Bachelor and then reunited with after Mesnick perpetrated his incredibly embarrassing public bout of indecision.

After The Bachelor, Melissa went on to compete on Dancing With the Stars, proving the title is less a literal description of what happens on the show than a flexible, ever-expanding definition of "stardom." She and partner Tony Dovolani finished third on the series' eighth season, after Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and actor Gilles Marini. Melissa and Tye, who'd gotten back together earlier in the spring, got engaged shortly after the Dancing With the Stars finale. The Next Bachelor Is Revealed. Predictable? Yes.

The wedding was in the couple's home state of Texas, and Melissa gushed to In Touch about the relationship, "Tye is my best friend in the world, and now he's my partner forever.  We have had such a journey within our relationship, that to finally look at him and see my husband, gives me the calmest, most content feeling in the world. I love him so much and am so excited for our forever to begin!" I Want A Fairy-Tale Wedding!

We are unaware of any Texas marriage laws that let the groom call a do-over the next day if he decides he really has better chemistry with the maid of honor, so deepest congratulations, Melissa and Tye! In related news, Jason and Molly are engaged but live in different cities, so we're sure that'll work out.

Via E! Online. Photo via Bauer-Griffin.

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