Happily ever after! Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and Francie Frane are officially husband and wife following a rocky road to the altar.
The ceremony took place on Thursday, September 2. The pair, who got engaged in May 2020, originally had to hold off on their wedding plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“They knew from the start of their relationship it was a special union and they have wanted to marry for a long time, but COVID made things difficult,” a source mentioned to Us last month.
At the time, the reality star exclusively told Us that his nuptials would be a very special day for them no matter what.
In August, Dog told Us, “This isn’t just a wedding ceremony; it’s going to be a marriage.” “I knew right immediately that Francie was the one, and we’re both excited to spend the rest of our lives together.”
Their scheduled wedding made headlines later that month when his daughters Cecily Chapman and Bonnie Chapman revealed to TMZ that they were not invited.
Dog, who had two kids with his late wife Beth Chapman, stated that nothing would deter him from celebrating his special day.
“I come from a huge family, and the most of them will be here. He told Us late last month, “I love all of my kids, and it’ll be amazing to have so many people here to celebrate.” “We’ve spent so much time on this to make sure it’s great, and believe me when I say that nothing will stand in our way.”
After Bonnie alleged that her father had been unfaithful to their mother, who died of cancer in 2019, the Dog’s Most Wanted actor refuted the claims, calling them an attempt to “cast a fog over our wedding.”
“They’ve joined a terrible crowd and are working with the wrong people,” he told Us. “I know because I’ve not only dealt with them, but I’ve also arrested them before.” “This is precisely why they had to be excluded.”
On the same day, Dog’s brother-in-law was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19-related issues.
“This is a severe blow just one week before the wedding,” a source said of Frank Hammond, Dog’s sister Paula’s groom. “Dog and Francie were looking forward to spending time with Paula and Frank to celebrate. This is an awful thing that has happened to him. They’re hoping he’ll make it.”
Despite the fact that the twosome had a few roadblocks on their walk down the aisle, Dog previously revealed how quickly they became friends after losing their husbands.
Following his engagement in May 2020, Dog told TMZ, “It’s really fantastic that I’ve been able to meet someone like her.” “I’m permitted to talk about Beth with Francie. I tell her about Bob, her late husband, and we both cry and hold each other.”
Since their first meeting, the Colorado native has gushed about how much Frane has inspired him.
“I’m a troubleshooter. I need to apprehend the bad people. He continued, “I have to be at the top of my game.” “It’s what I do for a career, so I have to get out there and make a difference.” I need to grow up, and she assists me in doing so.”