Paradise found! Brandon Jones and Serene Russell they immediately clicked during season 8 of Bachelor in Paradiseand they got their happy ending at the final on Tuesday, November 22.
“Brandon, I have always longed for a life-changing love, but I had never seen or experienced it. But then I met you,” 27-year-old Serene began. “I feel like we have two hearts cut from the same cloth and I have never felt so seen or understood in my entire life. In you I have found my best friend, my missing puzzle piece and my soulmate. I love you so much and I will never take that for granted.”
Brandon, 28, told Serene he didn’t want to spend another second without her before getting down on one knee.
“Serene Brook Russell, I love you. I love you in every sense of the word. You are this eternal spark that has hit me so hard and I have come to the beautiful realization that from the moment I saw you my happily ever after could never have started until I started a life with you,” he said. ‘I will love you to the end of time. I will love you till my last breath. … Serene Brook Russell, will you make me the happiest man to walk the earth? Will you marry me?”
The duo connected immediately after arriving at the beach and paired up on the first day of filming. The pair were the first couple to use the L-word with each other, with Brandon telling Serene that he fell in love with her on their first official date.
“When I saw you, [I knew] I didn’t want to be with anyone but you,” the nurse recruiter said during an October episode. “I am falling in love with you and I am so glad I am. I’m so glad my life led me to you.
The former Bachelor education star replied, “I am definitely falling in love with you too. And I have never felt so special in my life.”
The Bachelorette alum gushed about Serene during an emotional moment on the beach on the Nov. 15 episode, telling her he feels “really, really blessed” to have her in his life. “I am so thankful for you because you are the most beautiful thing in this dark place,” he continued. “I’m so glad I found you.”
Brandon made his Bachelor Nation debut during Michelle Young‘s season of The Bacheloretteairing in 2021. The reality star took second place after the former teacher, 29, chose Nayte Olukoya as her winner. Michelle and Nayte, 28, got engaged during the season finale, but they announced their separation in June.
Serene, for her part, first appeared during Clayton Echard‘s season of The Bachelor, which aired earlier this year. She finished the competition in fourth place after the hometown episode.