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The freshly minted Bachelorette already knows the course of true love never did run smooth: She was one of the 26 women who vied for the now-engaged Sean Lowe's heart on The Bachelor. But now that Hartsock, the season's fan favorite, will be calling the shots this summer, we're breaking down the hits and many, many misses of the series so far.
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TRISTA & RYAN
Relationship status: Married with kids
Rehn and Sutter kicked the series off on the right foot when their reality TV romance turned into, well, a made-for-TV wedding. In front of a camera crew and 300 guests, they tied the knot in December 2003, months after their whirlwind romance. Today, the former Bachelorette couple have two children, son Maxwell, 5, and daughter Blakesley, 3. (See, there could be hope for freshly minted Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock after all.)
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MEREDITH & IAN
Relationship status: Not even a trip to the altar
Phillips and McKee, however, did not follow in the favorable footsteps of Rehn and Sutter. After picking the Brazilian-born hunk and accepting his proposal on the second season's finale in February 2004, the two called off their engagement just less than a year later. "Our relationship began with great expectations for a happy ending, but unfortunately things didn't work out as we had hoped," the pair said in a statement.
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JEN & JERRY
Relationship status: Well, they were never really together
It was a double helping of rejection on the third season of The Bachelorette when Schefft ultimately turned down her pick's marriage proposal after the initial elimination. Although it didn't work out with Ferris, she eventually got her happily-ever-after with husband Joe Waterman, with whom she has two daughters. "Just don't settle," she later advised other bachelorettes searching for Mr. Right.
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DEANNA & JESSE
Relationship status: Ouch! They fell out of love
The wedding date was set soon after season 4's Pappas slipped on a 2.3-carat diamond ring and accepted Csincsak's proposal. But six months before they were set to tie the knot, the groom-to-be released a video revealing a less happy ending. "I love you, but I'm not in love with you," Pappas told him, according to Csincsak. (In October 2011, Pappas wed high school teacher Stephen Stagliano.)
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JILLIAN & ED
Relationship status: A really, really, really long break
Harris and Swiderski went from getting engaged in May 2009 on the reality show to shacking up at his one-bedroom Chicago condo that September. But buzz of a 2010 wedding simmered down when a source told PEOPLE that July that the two were "taking some time apart to reevaluate their relationship."
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ALI & ROBERTO
Relationship status: Sorry, but no wedding bells
Fedotowsky and Martinez's romance unfolded in 2010 on season 6 of the reality show, ending with a fairy tale-worthy seaside proposal. But hopes of seeing The Bachelorette in white were squashed by November 2011 with news that they were calling it quits. "We both realized we were unhappy more than we were happy," she told PEOPLE. "And we both deserved more."
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ASHLEY & J.P.
Relationship status: Another successful marriage
The Bachelorette fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when Hebert and Rosenbaum made it down the aisle last December after falling in love on the show's seventh season. "The ceremony was simple, sweet and personal," Hebert told PEOPLE of her big day, which was filmed for TV and aired as a two-hour ABC special.
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EMILY & JEF
Relationship status: No love, no regrets
A happy ending on the season 8 finale turned to heartbreak when it was revealed in October 2012 that Maynard and Holm put the brakes on their engagement. Still, "I'm a hopeless romantic and I do believe in the show," Maynard told PEOPLE in a statement. "I have no regrets because I did find love and shared an incredible journey with a really special person – and you know what, we tried our best because the love between us was so real."
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