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Mariela "Mari" Braasch (née Pepin) was a contestant on the 25th season of The Bachelor.

She was eliminated in week 4.

She returned for, and won, the 7th season of Bachelor in Paradise.

Personal life[]

She met Kenny Braasch on the 7th season of Bachelor in Paradise, where they got engaged at the end of the show.

"Kenny, I came to Paradise with an open heart and high hopes and I think back to the very first day walking through the gates of Paradise and down those steps towards the beach and when I first saw you and those first few days in Paradise were magical and unbelievable, so much so that I thought it could be too good to be true and I pushed you away and it took not having you by my side for a little while to realize that it wasn't too good to be true and that I cared for you so much that it was something worth fighting for and I'm really excited and hopeful to continue building our relationship outside of Paradise and I feel like the luckiest woman with you and I couldn't be more excited for what's to come for us" - Mari to Kenny

"Mari, you know as soon as you came down the and through the gates of Paradise, I honestly was blown away about how beautiful you were. You know I don't, I don't know if it was love at first sight, but it was definitely something, something I've never felt before. You know at the end of the day, we did go through a lot of real life relationship stuff and we were tested like no other couple in Paradise I think, but like at the, I don't know, even, even with all that being said, I still, shaking, yeah, sorry. Mari, I am so fucking in love with you and I literally, like, I can't see my life without you. You're such an amazing woman that you've changed my whole outlook on life, in everything, everything about you. I can't imagine my life without you, so... oh man, these old bones here... Mari Pepin, will you marry me?" - Kenny proposing to Mari

They married on November 11, 2023.


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Mari is a former beauty queen living the American dream. After moving to Maryland from Puerto Rico as a teenager, Mari enrolled in college and competed in pageants—most recently winning Miss Maryland USA in 2019 and placing Top 10 at Miss USA. Now, she is a career-focused woman on the go who is ready to find the love of her life and settle down. She says that as a partner, she is very nurturing and thoughtful, and hopes to find a man who values her and gives her the same. She describes herself as a romantic, thoughtful, “all-in” partner, and loves to make her significant other happy by cooking for them, planning small surprises and giving massages. Mari loves her job and says it’s very important that she have her own thing going for her. She also loves that she can work completely remote because she can’t wait to have kids and wants to be a working mom that shows young women they truly can have it all!

  • Planning to get her boating license.
  • Was 2019's Miss Maryland and top 10 at Miss USA.
  • Can't wait to be a working mom one day to show young women they can have it all!