This article contains spoilers for “The Golden Wedding,” which is being broadcast live at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. The West Coast broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. Pacific.
The first major TV event of 2024 revolves around the live televised wedding of the “royal couple.”
In this case, it’s not members of British royalty who are in the spotlight. The stars are reality TV royalty — Gerry Turner, a.k.a. “The Golden Bachelor,” who is marrying financial services professional Theresa Nist during a two-hour special Thursday. The ceremony will be broadcast live beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. However, it won’t air on the West Coast until 8 p.m. Pacific. It will be available to stream on Hulu Friday.
The network is pulling out all the stops for the live ceremony, which is taking place at the lavish La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs. The nuptials are the culmination of a hugely successful season for the popular “The Bachelor” franchise, as the spinoff centered on Turner, a 72-year-old widower, looking for a new life partner.
Turner proposed to Nist in the finale, selecting her over 21 other contestants who competed for his affections. One of the contestants, Susan Noles, is officiating the ceremony, and another, Kathy Swarts, is interviewing arrivals on the “gold carpet.” Almost half of the other women who were featured on the show are attending.
Among them is Leslie Fhima, one of the finalists whose heartbroken response to Turner when he informed her he was choosing Nist as his bride-to-be instead of her nearly overshadowed the upbeat ending of the season.
Rob Young, Turner’s son-in-law, is best man, while Jen Woolston, Nist’s daughter, is maid of honor.
Our writers Greg Braxton and Meredith Blake will be discussing the wedding in real time, so if you are on the West Coast and can’t wait to see who shows up or what happens, follow along with them here as they weigh in on the big moments of “The Golden Wedding.”