Hebert, Maine’s ‘Bachelorette,’ to tie the knot on TV this December

Scoff all you wish, but Ashley Hebert – the Madawaska native who was the season seven “Bachelorette” on ABC – is actually doing it. She’s actually getting married to J.P. Rosenbaum, who proposed to her on her season finale in Aug. 2011. They’ll be married in December in a televised ABC program, because Kim Kardashian proved that’s totally not a bad idea at all.

In all truth, Hebert and Rosenbaum have been inseparable since the end of their series. They waited to wed until Hebert finished dental school, with no plans to rush into anything. Most of the other “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” unions have ended - Ashley’s “Bachelorette” successor Emily Maynard just broke up with her fiance Jef Holm, and “Bachelor” Ben Flajnik recently split with Courtney Robertson. In fact, only three unions from either show have lasted – though “The Bachelorette” has a much better track record, with two of its eight relationships still together, compared with one of 16 for “The Bachelor.” Let’s hope Hebert and Rosenbaum continue to buck the trend.

Though and exact date and time for the wedding airing has not yet been named, a few details about the affair have been leaked. For example, their wedding registry is on MyRegistry.com – and it only contains 27 items. Four of the items are charities guests can donate to, including SOS: Surgeons OverSeasAction Against HungerSave the Children and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The rest of the items are mostly items for the kitchen: bakeware, china and the like. The most expensive item? A $99.95 copper and stainless steel skillet. Details like the dress and the music haven’t been disclosed yet.

Hebert, 28, grew up in Madawaska and attended the University of Maine. Rosenbaum, 35, is a construction manager. The pair currently live in New Jersey. The new season of “The Bachelor” will premiere in January, while the last season of “The Bachelorette” ended in July.

Emily Burnham

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Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.