“Fixer Upper’s” Most Eligible Bachelor Ties the Knot
The 38-year-old homeowner dubbed “Waco’s most eligible bachelor” is officially a bachelor no more, tying the knot earlier this month in Alabama.
David Ridley married school teacher and Alabama native, Rachel Rich, in a ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday, July 1.
“The wedding was a blast,” Ridley told KWTX. “It was fun and extremely special to have so many of our closest friends and family with us as we made this commitment to the Lord and each other.”
Ridley’s episode, which involved renovating a 1969 ranch-style home, debuted as the most-watched of the popular series, and garnered some of the biggest TV ratings in the history of the cable network.
The bachelor has show-stopping good looks and prior to moving to Waco, modeled professionally in New York City, once gracing the bags and walls of Abercrombie & Fitch and landing modeling gigs alongside supermodel Kate Moss in Vogue magazine.
Following the airing of his show, Ridley instantly gained a social media following of nearly 8,000 people and became the subject of articles in publications such as "Country Living" and online stories for "The Today Show."
"Everyone wanted to set me up with someone," Ridley said.
David met his future wife this past December at the suggestion of a mutual friend. Rachel says she had not seen the episode her now husband was featured in, until a friend told her about it.
“We were both glad she didn’t know,” Ridley said.
The couple says they didn’t invite the most popular faces of the HGTV show, Chip & Joanna Gaines, simply because they didn’t think their busy schedule would permit, but there were some familiar “Fixer Upper” faces in the crowd.
Luke and Rachel Whyte, featured on Season 3 of the popular show, were part of the wedding. Luke served as a groomsmen and Rachel was the wedding photographer.
Ridley says another couple who will be featured on Season 5 sang in the ceremony.
The couple took a honeymoon to St. Lucia and are now living in Waco, where Ridley will continue to run his “Waco Tours” business, parking near the Silos and taking tourists on a tour of the “sights, sounds and flavors” of Waco.