Here's What Happened on 'The Bachelor' Finale, Besides a Lot of Crying

Fourth time's the charm!

Looks like fourth time was the charm for Nick Viall!

After failing to find love in the Bachelor universe during three separate seasons (ouch), Nick finally found his match during the season 21 finale Monday and got engaged to Vanessa Grimaldi, choosing the Canadian special education teacher over boutique owner Raven Gates. First predicted by Reality Steve way back in November, Nick popped the question to Vanessa after going on his final dates with both women: horseback riding through the snow and hanging with Santa for Vanessa, and iceskating to "Kiss Me" and playing with puppies for Raven.

But in the end, Nick realized he was only in love with Vanessa and not Raven—something the latter took incredibly well. (When Nick told her, "I'll miss you," she responded with a badass, "I know.") During the proposal itself, Nick told Vanessa he was falling more in love with her every day, sobbing the whole while. In response, Vanessa said she wanted to be realistic about the trials and tribulations they'd have to face to make things work, before saying that she, too, was madly in love with him. He then dropped down to one knee and proposed, and Vanessa said yes!

That's right, y'all: Despite previous reports that Nick might be the first Bachelor in history to be rejected by the woman of his dreams, he instead got the happily ever after he's been looking for at last.

Congratulations to the newly engaged couple!

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Gina Mei is a writer and editor based out of Los Angeles. When she isn't writing, reading, and lost in an Internet vortex, she can usually be found petting the nearest dog.