'The Bachelorette' and 'Bachelor Pad' alum Ed Swiderski gets married!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/27/2015
The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad contestant Ed Swiderski has finally found the woman who makes him want to settle down.
Swiderski, 36, wed Chicago TV anchor Natalie Bomke, 33, in a sunset ceremony on the 25th floor of the Tribune Tower Saturday night, Peoplereported.
"I feel like the luckiest man on earth," Swiderski told People.
The open-air veranda ceremony featured 100 guests and Bomke donning a lace cocktail dress with a detachable floor-length tulle skirt. The Monique Lhuillier dress was reportedly fashioned with an Oscar de la Renta belt.
Swiderski even paid tribute to The Bachelor franchise with a sweet gesture.
"My favorite part of the ceremony," said wedding planner Susan Cordogan, "was a playful surprise by the groom, who presented each mother with a long-stem red rose and popped the famous Bachelor question, 'Will you accept this rose?'"
The cocktail reception that followed was held at Howells & Hood on the tower's first floor. Bomke and Swiderski sat at a "sweetheart table," according to the magazine, that supported a "Just Married" sign created by the bride's mother.
The reception was adorned with silver-sequined table linens and ivory roses, hydrangeas and baby's breath. After feeding her guests mini-sliders and hot hors d'oeuvres, Bomke also reportedly had two special cocktails and ordered Michigan State-colored cupcakes to honor her husband's alma mater.
Bomke and Swiderski, a tech entrepreneur and CEO of Klever, got engaged last fall. Swiderski reportedly made his first move to date the reporter/anchor by contacting her on Twitter after watching her deliver the news on television.
Swiderski appeared on The Bachelorette's fifth season to vie for Jillian Harris' heart. The couple ended up getting engaged when the finale filmed in Hawaii in May 2009.
However, shortly after the finale aired in July of that year, two former Swiderski girlfriends came forward and claimed they had been -- unbeknownst to each other -- dating and sleeping with Swiderski before, during and even after the filming of The Bachelorette edition.
Swiderski denied the women's allegations and Harris stood by her man. The Canadian The Bachelorette star therefore moved to his Chicago hometown to continue their relationship in Fall 2009, but the pair officially called it quits in July 2010.
Swiderski then went on to compete on Bachelor Pad's third season in 2012. During the edition, he spent most of his time with Jaclyn Swartz and hooked up with her multiple times, only to later announce to the house they were not romantically involved.
In fact, Swiderski admitted he had something in the works with a woman from home whom he really cared about. Swartz surprisingly continued her fling with Swiderski anyway, prompting host Chris Harrison to comment how the man must be "addicting" to women.