Meet South Africa’s very first happily-ever-after ‘Bachelor SA’ couple

'The Bachelor SA' finally produced its very first 'happily-ever-after' couple whose sweet mutual display of affection isn't only assuring to viewers, but may see them walk down the aisle sooner than expected.

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36-year-old Marc Buckner’s search for love came to a happy ending when it was revealed on Thursday that he gave his last rose, along with a specially carved ring to the shy speech therapist, Marisia van Wyk (24), during ‘The Bachelor SA’ S2 lockdown finale on M-Net (DStv 101).

Just before the big reveal, the special 60-minute finale took viewers down memory lane with a couple of women sharing their thoughts about the drama-filled life in the mansion via Zoom video meeting.

Bridget Marshall, 31, who looked shattered after being rejected by Marc during the episode, was more than willing to let viewers in on her love journey with Marc, before wishing the loved-up couple a happy future together.

During the webinar, she categorically stated that she’s had enough to heal and has moved on. “It’s been so long since that happened in my life that I did cry a lot, I mean of course I was upset. It’s only natural and normal for me to be upset about the situation.”

She added: “I’m in a good place and I’m happy for them and I love both of them. So ja, I’m not angry. I don’t want to fight with him, because I don’t hate you, Marc.”

Happily quarantined together at Marc’s place in Cape Town, Marisia and Marc looked totally smitten with each other as they made their first appearance together as lovers during the finale.

Marc and Marisia are the first ‘Bachelor SA’ couple with a happy ending … at least for now!

The lovebirds are the first couple, well at least for now, with a happy ending viewers had hoped for following the shocking 2019 Season 1 finale.

‘The Bachelor SA’ debut saw SA’s first ever bachelor, Lee Thompson, reveal in the final rose segment of the show that him and make-up artist, Gina Myers, have since broken up. 

“After that final day, I was extremely confused mentally and emotionally. Back in the real world, our relationship got off to a rocky-start and I wasn’t fully there for Gina when she needed me,” Lee said on the episode, adding: “That’s the bottom line and that affected our relationship.”

‘Bachelor SA’ proves happy-endings aren’t only for Disney

Following the Kapama Game Resort finale, Marc and Marisia revealed they went on a secret trip to Thailand where they got to spend quality time away from the cameras.

Fairytale ending for The Bachelor SA S2 as Marc chooses Marisia

In classic romantic style, it looks like the two are in it for the long haul. Afterall, the ring Marc chose for Marisia, we learnt, has a special inscription on the inside that reads: “Stronger together, forever, baby girl.”

As to whether Mzansi viewers will get to see the two finally walk down the aisle, and prove that happily-ever-afters aren’t just for Disney characters, only time will tell!

Custom-made one-carat diamond ring from Jack Friedman

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