On the finale of "The Bachelorette," Jillian professed passionate feelings for three suitors: Kiptyn, the sweet surfer; Ed, the workaholic who realized he was missing out on love; and Reid, who said "I love you" just a little too late.
While she had undeniable chemistry with soft-spoken business developer Kiptyn, she wasn't quite as sure of his feelings for her.
Ed, the technology consultant, left the show mid-season because of worries about his career, but came back professing his love for the plucky Canadian brunette.
Just when she was about to make her choice, the show threw Jillian an emotional curve ball: Noncommital Realtor Reid reappeared with a ring and a proposal.
"I don't know what I'm supposed to do," she said, but ultimately she chose the one who never had the problem saying how he felt.
"There is no doubt in my mind that I love you," she told Ed tearfully. "I wanted to tell you for so long."
Ed, who had asked Jillian's father for his blessing to propose marriage, got down on one knee and presented her with a diamond engagement ring.
"I want you to be with me forever," he said.
She accepted with glee and jumped into his arms, shouting "Absolutely!"
Jillian told ABCNews.com before the finale aired that it would be "dramatic" but with a "brilliant and positive" ending.
"I'm a real girl and I will be making a decision that will affect my life positively," she said. "What fans should be happy about is I've made a decision that I am extremely happy with."
She added that "as every day goes by, I wake up more and more excited."
Jillian's journey through love has been a dramatic one, staying true to franchise history.
She is the only "Bachelorette" or "Bachelor" to have to choose among 30 contestants instead of the 25 in previous seasons. And she may be the only one to keep a contestant into the final four with a reputed girlfriend back home.
Other memorable testosterone-filled men vying for Jillian's heart included Tanner ("the one with the foot fetish"), Juan ("the one hated by all the men"), David ("the front-runner turned aggressive one") and Wes ("the one with the alleged girlfriend").
If Jillian and Ed tie the knot, they would be only the second "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette" couple to make it down the aisle. Trista Rehn, who came in second on the first season of "The Bachelor" and was the original "Bachelorette," married her pick, Ryan Sutter.
Today, the couple has two children.