Love Is Blind’s Jessica Batten Marries Ben McGrath
Surprise! Jessica Batten from Love Is Blind is married.
Jessica eloped with her podiatrist companion Dr. Ben McGrath more than two years after her separation from Mark Cuevas on the first season of the Netflix reality show. The couple married on a patio at a courthouse in Santa Barbara, California, in front of only two other couples, they told Brides in comments posted on September 16.
“8.24.22,” Jessica and Ben captioned a photo of herself with her husband on Instagram. “Mr. & Mrs.”
On his Instagram Story, Ben also posted, “Thank you for all of your kind words. It’s been a fantastic three weeks. Blooded ecstasy. It’s been three weeks. Is this correct? This is bliss. We’re extremely thrilled to share it with everyone finally.”
Jessica attended the wedding in a strapless lace bridal gown with an overskirt from Reem Acra’s 2023 spring collection and a long veil before changing into a vintage Elliatt high neck halter gown for an after-ceremony meal. Jessica also wore her hair in a low bun, avoiding a look that reminded her of something.
“At first, [my stylist] brushed the hair back, but this reminded me too much of my Love Is Blind bridal style, so I asked for a side part, which is much more’me,’ and I’m glad we went with that,” she told Brides. I also wanted a flower in my hair to complete the Spanish look.”
Brides said the groom wore a brown Italian suit, a white tie, and Ferragamo loafers.
The couple met in the early days of the pandemic in 2020. Jessica told Brides, “We met for the first time in Venice the night before L.A. shut down for COVID.” “Truly, it was love at first sight—funny enough.”
Jessica and Ben will marry in September 2021. They had intended to have a large wedding, but life intervened.
“Ultimately, we decided we needed more time to pull off the enormous party that we believed was deserving of our family and friends,” Jessica told the magazine. “Considering the date we’re looking for in terms of family planning, we decided to elope in 2022 and make major arrangements for a later celebration.”