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One year ago this week, The Bachelorette star Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried got engaged on the show after he earned her coveted final rose.

Now, Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray own the majority of that spotlight, but the fire still burns between Des and Chris, who are still together and happy.

And getting married this winter!

Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried Smile

Desiree Hartsock's bridal shower was held in Hollywood last weekend, and upon her return to Seattle, where they now live, they dished on their plans.

They are aiming for this coming January, Hartsock and Siegfried say, and are "thinking an intimate wedding with about 125 people,” according to Chris.

Will ABC air it? The two are open to that as well. “We are up for sharing it,” says Siegfried. “Our entire love story unfolded in front of (millions of viewers.)”

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The Bachelor stars Desiree Hartsock and fiance Chris Siegfried have bonded with fellow alumni Jason and Molly Mesnick since her move to Seattle.

It's not just an ABC-driven friendship of convenience, either: Des and Chris attended the first birthday party for Jason and Molly's daughter, Riley!

Their adorable daughter Riley, we should say.

Desiree, Chris, Molly and Jason
Molly and Jason Mesnick celebrate daughter Riley's first birthday with Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried.

Jason and Molly, who didn't win her season but famously got together with him on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special after he dumped Melissa Rycroft, made it last.

Their little girl's milestone last weekend was a big birthday party at their house attended by about 100 family and friends, including Desiree Hartsock and her man.

"I loved seeing Riley interact with all of our friends and family during the party," said Molly, who celebrated her fourth anniversary with Jason on February 27.

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Dreams do come true. At least 10-20 percent of the time.

Fans know that a final rose does not guarantee a lifetime of happiness, but The Bachelor has produced some couples that have stood the test of time. At least lately.

And with Juan Pablo Galavis' season in full swing, ABC caught us up on some of its recent success stories as part of its "Juan-uary" series of Sunday specials.

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici are set to tie the knot next weekend. They were one of the duos featured on The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories last night.

The others:

Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum
Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum are married. He won her heart on The Bachelorette.

  • Trista Rehn married fireman Ryan Sutter in a ceremony that was televised in 2003. Still the gold standard for the show, over a decade later.
  • Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried. The most recent Bachelorette picked Chris at the end of Season 9 last year. They're still engaged.
  • Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum. After she chose J.P. on The Bachelorette Season 7 finale, Ashley married J.P. in December 2012.
  • Molly and Jason Mesnick. Jason was engaged to Melissa Rycroft, but dumped her for runner-up (and now-wife) Molly on the After the Final Rose special. Close enough.

Will Juan Pablo end up in the success or failure column? The Bachelor spoilers shed some light on that if you're interested ... but the odds are not good.

That's like five success stories in like 27 seasons. Just saying.

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Still going strong despite the naysayers, The Bachelorette stars Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried are reunited after a few days apart and it feels so good.

With Juan Pablo Galavis set to begin his journey January 6 (check out The Bachelor spoilers), Des and Chris are still basking in the afterglow of theirs.

Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried Together

She left last week for a trip to her home state of California, and shared some of her times there on her Instagram. Chris said the following in a Tweet:

"Fly out Fridays are back! Only this trip to LA doesn't have to be a secret!"

Chris is talking about the trips he had to make to L.A. to visit Desiree Hartsock before their relationship was made public on the finale of her season.

She moved to Seattle to live with him once the season finale aired.

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Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried sometimes try too hard, but in posting this cute pic from the day they got engaged in Antigua, they showed us.

The Bachelorette posted on Twitter, "This Seattle rain makes me want to go back to Antigua for the sun! And it's such a special place. #whereChrisProposed"

Desiree Hartsock, Chris Siegfried Proposal Pic

At first glance, it appears like yet another classic Desiree move seemingly concocted to remind us they're still together and to STEP OFF HATERS.

We know he proposed there, even though the spoilers had it wrong (speaking of which, check out The Bachelor spoilers for 2014). Move on, girl.

Upon second look, though, Des and Chris look so happy, content and normal in this photo. Relaxed, over the moon, in love. No trying too hard there.

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Are Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried upset at having to put off their dream wedding - at least if they want it on TV - because of Sean Lowe?

Chris Siegfried and Desiree Hartsock Engagement

The Bachelorette starlet, who accepted Chris' proposal just a few months after Sean sent her packing on The Bachelor, is on cloud nine these days.

At least she wants us to believe that, no matter many critics have been shutting down her relationship. Des is always one to stick up for herself.

The latest hiccup in their relationship comes not from Twitter gossip, however, but from planning their special day and whether to have it on ABC.

Hartsock and Siegfried initially showed interest in a summer wedding, however, it appears they will have to wait a bit longer before tying the knot.

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She talks and Tweets a good game, but is Desiree Hartsock trying too hard to convince us there's no trouble in paradise with fiance Chris Siegfried?

Given the attention on Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici's upcoming wedding, and The Bachelor spoilers for 2014, all the pressure has been off Desiree.

All of which makes her continued defensiveness a bit puzzling.

Other than Des and Chris saying they'll have a TV wedding after Sean and Catherine's LIVE big day was announced, they've been off the radar lately.

Which makes it a little odd, in the eyes of some observers, that she's taken to Twitter and Instagram to silence the critics of her relationship again.

She shared a photo of a Steve Jobs quote on Instagram, as well as another Tweet about staying positive and being true to yourself amid negativity.

Inspiring? Sure. But also a potential sign that something's up.

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Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried from The Bachelorette have dealt with good amount criticisms about their relationship ever since their season ended.

They've withstood it all, and then some.

Desiree Hartsock, Chris Siegfried, Jason Mesnick, Molly Mesnick

Through it all, Desiree is not letting it get her down. Tuesday, she quoted Steve Jobs: "Don't let the noise of other people's opinions drown out your inner voice."

Words to live by, Juan Pablo Galavis.

As Des' former suitor prepares to begin his JOURNEY on ABC (see The Bachelor spoilers for how that's going), Hartsock herself is happy as a clam.

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Is Desiree Hartsock already bored with fiance Chris Siegfried? People are probably just reading into this too much, but here's how that rumor got started:

Desiree Hartsock, Chris Siegfried Shirtless

She asked for help on Twitter, writing, "Ready for a relaxing date night with @ChrisRSiegfried! What are your favorite date night things to do??? Need ideas."

Desiree Hartsock, mind you, has been engaged all of two months.

Clearly, this could be just a thing someone Tweets. We realize. And maybe a fan will come through with a truly awesome Seattle-area date idea.

Still, part of you has to wonder why she would ask that, given the image of the "honeymoon phase" that she tries to project pretty much at all times.

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Chris Siegfried and Desiree Hartsock's book Diamonds and Hearts is officially out. Yes, The Bachelorette duo has released a collection of poems.

  • Diamonds and Hearts
  • Chris Siegfried and Desiree Hartsock Instagram

What, you may ask, is inside the 182-page memoir featuring 44 of the duo's original poems? You do not need The Bachelorette spoilers to answer that.

The mushy gushiness is out of control, even for a couple who met on a reality show and has made social media love-fests a daily ritual at this point.

Fans will point to yet another example of unrequited affection. Haters will say this proves their thirst for publicity and that they're trying too hard.

Whichever camp you're in, here's the lowdown on Diamonds and Hearts ...

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