During season 2 of Selling Sunset, we watched Mary Fitzgerald and Romain Bonnet tie the knot during an intimate ceremony hosted inside a private Los Angeles residence on October 12, 2019 (which Fitzgerald ended up selling). However, according to the couple's marriage license, it appears they had actually had gotten a civil union 19 months prior to that TV wedding.
The couple's marriage license and certificate, obtained by TMZ, show that Fitzgerald and Bonnet had legally gotten married on March 9, 2018, at the Ventura Courthouse in California — a whopping 19 months before they said "I do" on TV. Not to mention, this courthouse wedding was also three months prior to the beginning of filming the first season of Selling Sunset — which means they were already technically married when Bonnet popped the question to Fitzgerald in season one. Also, as TMZ points out, their civil union occurred four months after Fitzgerald had finalized her divorce from her second husband.
A representative for Fitzgerald spoke with People about the situation: "Mary and Romain had a civil union a couple of months before the show began filming in June of 2018, but they chose not to tell any of their friends or family, as they were still trying to see if their relationship would work out in the long term," the representative said. "In their minds, they weren’t properly married until the wedding that was filmed during the show."
While the couple did take a rather interesting route to marriage (marry first, test it out, and then reenact the entire relationship on TV), we're glad to see it all worked out for the best and they were able to share their (second!) special day with us— which if you ask us, was probably a lot more lavish than their courthouse wedding.
"It was our dream wedding," Fitzgerald told People of her big day after season two premiered in May. "Neither of us are big, showy kind of people, and we just wanted the people closest to us, where it just felt sincere and comfortable. So that's what we did." One of our favorite parts was when Fitzgerald delivered her vows in French as a nod to Bonnet's parents, who don't speak English.
The couple met in 2017 through mutual friends and began dating (and got married) shortly after. While their onscreen storyline might not exactly match their real life relationship, we're just glad to see these two are happily in love.
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