Jessica Batten eloped with Ben McGrath two years after appearing on Netflix’s Love Is Blind. Learn more about their surprise wedding.
What a surprise! Jessica Batten, from Love, Is Blind, is married.
After breaking up with Mark Cuevas on the first season of the Netflix reality show, Jessica eloped with podiatrist Dr. Ben McGrath. As they told Brides in comments posted Sept. 16, the couple got married in a courtyard at a courthouse in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Jessica and Ben shared a photo on Instagram alongside the caption “8.24.22.” “Mr. & Mrs.”
Additionally, Ben posted on his Instagram Story, “Thank you for all the very nice messages. It’s been a wonderful three weeks. Blooded bliss. Three weeks. Is this. Bliss is this. We’re super excited to share it with everyone finally.”
During the ceremony, Jessica was dressed in a strapless lace bridal gown with an overskirt from Reem Acra’s 2023 spring collection and a long veil. She was followed by a vintage Elliatt high neck halter gown. Furthermore, she ditched a style that brought back a particular memory and wore her hair in a low bun.
“At first, [my stylist] swept the hair back, but this reminded me too much of my Love Is Blind bridal look,” she explained, “so I asked for a side part which is much more ‘me,’ and I’m glad we went with that. I also wanted a flower in my hair to add that Spanish flair.”
Grooms wore tan Italian suits, a white tie, and Ferragamo loafers, Brides reported.
Their first meeting occurred in the early days of the pandemic, in 2020. “We met for the first time in Venice the night before LA shut down for COVID,” Jessica told Brides. “It was truly love at first sight—funny enough.”
Ben and Jessica got engaged in September 2021. They had planned a large wedding, but life got in the way.
“Ultimately, we decided that we needed more time to pull off the massive celebration that we thought was worthy for our family and friends,” Jessica said. “Considering the timing we are looking for in terms of family planning, we concluded that we would elope in 2022 and make big plans for a celebration down the road.”