Kenny Braasch and Mari Pepin got married over the weekend in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
The couple exchanged vowss at the romantic Hacienda Don Carmelo with 65 of their loved ones in attendance on Saturday after two years together.
In an interview with People published the day after their ceremony, the bride opened up about the significance of their wedding date.
‘I do believe in signs and numbers, and so 11/11 is obviously seen as a special number and it means good things,’ Pepin revealed before noting that they also intended for their wedding to happen on Veterans Day.
Pepin explained that the date holds an additional sentiment because her father had served in the military for 25 years.
‘I’m his only daughter, so that’s special,’ she said and added that they want to give her dad a good memory to remember during the holiday.
‘He hasn’t had the best association or memories with Veterans Day, so hopefully this year we’ll change that and for Veterans Days moving forward,’ she continued.
As for how they decided on a destination wedding in Puerto Rico, Pepin said much of her family lives there.
By holding their wedding ceremony there, she and Braasch could keep their big day ‘smaller’, ‘easier to manage’ and ‘more intimate’.
Two of their special guests for their wedding in Puerto Rico included their dogs, Dice and Monster.
Pepin said they flew out their precious pooches and had them dressed in tuxedos for the ceremony.
‘We definitely wanted to have our dogs included, so they flew out here with us,’ she added. ‘That was a bit of an adventure.’
She explained that they want to hold other celebrations as well and hinted a possible bash with their Bachelor Nation friends.
‘We’ve always had the idea to do a couple of other celebrations so we can include more people as well,’ she said.
During their reception, they made a nod to a special moment they had together on Bachelor in Paradise — the ’80s-themed prom they attended.
The newlyweds chose Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is as the song for their first dance.
‘When we walked in, that song was playing and everybody was slow dancing,’ Braasch recalled.