She accepted his final rose! Marcus Grodd is engaged to Ally Lutar. After he tried to find love on both The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, it took dating in the real world for the Marine to find his partner for life.
People broke the news that Grodd got down on one knee at Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Canyon on May 9, and he wanted everything to be just right.
“I was trying to find the perfect location to propose,” he told People. “I wanted her to be completely surprised.”
Grodd led his lady on a mountainside hike to a suspension bridge over a waterfall before popping the question, while Lutar’s family waited at the bottom of the river to pop some Champagne. “It was truly the most incredible day of our lives,” he recalled.
The couple have only known each other for a year — they met through friends at a barbecue in July 2016 — but Grodd has known he wanted to marry her since the first day. “The minute I met her I knew this was how you feel when you meet your wife for the first time,” he reminisced. “Ally is gorgeous and strong — I was completely drawn to her confidence.”
And the gushing didn’t stop there. “It felt as if we had always been together,” Grodd continued. “Immediately we both knew we had found the missing piece in our lives. Ally moved in the very next day! I can truly say I knew I loved her the day I met her. We have moved so quickly because it’s always felt so right and meant to be.”
This time, Grodd passed on the Neil Lane sparkler and opted for something more personal: a customized ring by local Vancouver jeweler Felix from Diamond Net. They collaborated to create the halo-set diamond ring with a three-carat round stone in the center.
Even though they just got engaged, the couple are already parents to their two dogs, French bulldog Rocco and their family’s newest addition, shelter mutt Nala.
“We’re truly homebodies — we’re in love with every minute we spend with our dogs,” he noted of his growing family. “We found our best friends within each other.”
Grodd started his journey to find love on Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette, where he made it to the final four before being sent home. He later married Lacy Faddoul in a non-legally-binding ceremony after getting engaged on Bachelor in Paradise.
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(h/t People; photos via Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Leisure Opportunities + Marcus Grodd/Instagram)