The Golden Wedding: Gerry Turner, 72, and Theresa Nist, 70, exchange vows during live televised ceremony on ABC

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The 72-year-old retired restaurateur and 70-year-old Theresa exchanged vows at the exclusive La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California
  • The Golden Bachelor concluded on November 30 with Gerry choosing Theresa over runner-up Leslie Fhima, 64, a fitness instructor from Minnesota
  • Jesse Palmer, 45, hosted the wedding and told viewers at the start that his pregnant wife Emely was due to deliver their first child together at any moment 

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist got married during a live televised wedding ceremony on ABC after getting engaged on The Golden Bachelor spin-off series.

The 72-year-old retired restaurateur and widow from Hudson, Indiana, and 70-year-old Theresa, a financial services professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey, exchanged vows at the exclusive La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California, during a special two-hour episode titled The Golden Wedding.

The Golden Bachelor concluded on November 30 with Gerry choosing Theresa over runner-up Leslie Fhima, 64, a fitness instructor from Golden Valley, Minnesota, after spending overnight dates with both of them in the Fantasy Suites.

Susan Noles, 66, a wedding officiant from Aston, Pennsylvania, officiated the wedding after being a contestant on the show and displayed her funny side with a few well-timed jokes. 

The episode opened with footage showing Gerry and Theresa spending the holidays with each over and their families for the first time while also honoring their spouses who died.

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist got married during a live televised wedding ceremony on ABC after getting engaged on The Golden Bachelor spin-off series

Jesse Palmer, 45, hosted the wedding and told viewers at the start that his pregnant wife Emely Fardo was due to deliver their first child together at any moment.

The Bachelorette star Charity Lawson, 27, and The Golden Bachelor contestant Kathy Swarts, 70, of Austin, Texas, helped Jesse out with hosting duties and interviewed guests from The Bachelor franchise.

The Bachelor star Ben Higgins, 34, crashed an interview between Kathy and runner-up Leslie and he promised to be on the dance floor during the wedding reception.

Gerry was inconsolable after breaking the news to Leslie that it wasn’t going to work out between them in the November finale.

‘I took a really good person and f***ing broke their heart,’ Gerry said crying to Jesse afterward. ‘I hate myself and I hate everything right now. I think the only time I felt worse in my life was when my wife passed away. And this is a god**** close second.’

‘I’m sorry,’ Jesse said.

‘She’s a good person and I f***ed her over,’ Gerry said.

The Bachelorette star Trista Sutter, 51, and her husband Ryan Sutter, 49, also were among the guests at the wedding.

Joey Graziadei, 28, the next star of The Bachelor, was interviewed by Charity and Kathy ahead of season 28, which is scheduled to premiere on January 22 on ABC.

Gerry kissed his bride Theresa during the live wedding ceremony

Gerry kissed his bride Theresa during the live wedding ceremony

Theresa, a financial services professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey, wore a white Badgley Mischka wedding dress while exchanging vows

Theresa, a financial services professional from Shrewsbury, New Jersey, wore a white Badgley Mischka wedding dress while exchanging vows

Gerry looked into Theresa's eyes while saying his wedding vows to her

Gerry looked into Theresa’s eyes while saying his wedding vows to her

Theresa beamed while walking with her new husband Gerry after exchanging vows

Theresa beamed while walking with her new husband Gerry after exchanging vows

Teresa got emotional during the wedding ceremony as she talked about finding love late in life

Teresa got emotional during the wedding ceremony as she talked about finding love late in life

Gerry was the subject of an article published in November ahead of the season finale that claimed he has a secret past that includes a three-year relationship after the death of his wife and various blue-collar jobs.

Theresa and Gerry during the wedding episode were shown choosing their cake for their guests and Jesse afterward said he couldn’t wait to try it.

Gerry met with jeweler Neil Lane to pick out a wedding band for himself and a wedding ring for Theresa. Theresa also was shown trying out wedding dresses with her family and friends. 

Wedding guest Brayden Bowers, 25, of San Diego, proposed to former The Bachelor contestant Christina Mandrell, 26, of Tennessee, during the episode after he recently failed to find love on Bachelor In Paradise and on Charity’s season of The Bachelorette. 

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