Only a few couples made it to the conclusion of Bachelor in Paradise's difficult and tragic Season 7. Mari Pepin and Kenny Braasch were among the beloved pairings who successfully mastered the difficulties on their way to the finale.
They'd been together since the beginning, and Kenny's proposal in the Season 7 finale cemented their place as one of the most powerful couples in Bachelor in Paradise history. But did they defy the odds? Continue reading to find out if Mari and Kenny are still together.
Are Mari and Kenny Dating?
After meeting in Paradise, Kenny and Mari are still together and engaged. Their connection has grown since they left the reality dating show. The couple announced their official move-in together in January 2022.
“@mari_pepin and I have signed the lease on a new apartment here in Chicago,” Kenny announced on Instagram at the time, with Meri exclaiming, “I can't wait to keep annoying you, scaring you, and loving you every day, boo!”
Kenny, who is 15 years Mari's senior, subsequently claimed that it was Mari's maturity that made him know she was “the one.”
The way we're acting together, she appears to be my age. It's difficult to put into words… “To me, you need someone you can get along with, live with, and be around all the time,” he remarked in June 2022 on the “Talking It Out” podcast. “The strange thing is that we don't fight.”
I used to think that being in a relationship merely added additional stress to my life, which is why I didn't want to be in one. But there is no tension with Mari. We go out all the time, attend performances, and eat out—I never did any of it. I had always been a homebody. It simply enlarged and improved my life.”
When Did Mari and Kenny Marry?
Mari and Kenny officially married in November 2023. Mari and Kenny said “I do” in front of 65 guests on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Hacienda Don Carmelo in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, after a two-year engagement. Kenny's sister presided over the ceremony.
Mari told People about her and Kenny's wedding date: “I do believe in signs and numbers, and so 11/11 is seen as a special number, and it means good things.”
Mari and Kenny both showed enthusiasm at the prospect of spending the rest of their lives together.
“As a little girl, I always dreamed of my wedding day and what it was going to look like and what I was going to wear, but as you get older, you realize that that's not the important part,” said Mari. “The important part is finding a person that you want to spend the rest of your life with and that you get along so well with.”
She went on to say, “And it wasn't until I met Kenny that I was like, Oh yeah, I'm not thinking about that as much as this is the kind of person that I want to be with. … I know that Kenny is the kind of person that I want to be with forever.”
Kenny, on the other hand, revealed to the source that he didn't think he'd marry, saying, “As you get older, you get comfortable being alone for a while; it becomes normal.”
“So, to be able to end up where we are and the way we met each other, it's just wild to me how many things had to happen for us to even meet and get to where we are right now,” he said. “For this to happen, so many stars had to align. She gives me a lot of comfort.”
“It'll be exciting to see what happens in the next five years,” Kenny added. I'm thinking we should establish a business at some point. But it's comforting to know that the future is bright and full of opportunities for us. We've previously lived together for a significant period, so we're confident that everything will work out.”