Nothing says loving like a sensible and affordable courthouse wedding. At least that’s what former competitive figure skater Adam Rippon told People yesterday during a break from covering the Summer Olympics in Tokyo as host of NBC’s Talkin’ Tokyo show.
In the interview, Rippon explained that he and fiancé Jussi-Pekka Kajaala (a.k.a. JP) had no need for an expensive wedding when there were more pressing needs.
"City Hall wedding, right?" Rippon explained. "A wedding is really expensive. Wouldn’t you rather just buy a couch? That’s what I’m thinking."
The Olympic bronze medalist and Dancing with the Stars champ told People he and JP didn’t need a day to celebrate themselves or their wedding.
"Do I need a wedding if I make every day about me?" Rippon asked. "Probably not. I probably need a day off. So, courthouse: logical, cheap. Me: logical and cheap."
The pair announced their engagement with a champagne toast from Finland in a heartfelt and moving post to Instagram earlier this year.
Rippon revealed to People the pair had originally intended to buy matching engagement rings, but after arriving at the jewelry store he said it took half a second or "faster than Katie Ledecky can go in a pool" to decide they were not going to get the same rings. Instead, they each bought their own rings and then exchanged them at the count of three so they’d both be "Even Stevens" and could say they both proposed and accepted at the same time.
The out Olympian is currently in Tokyo after teaming up with Twitter and NBC to host a live daily show on the social media platform covering the Summer Games in Tokyo entitled Talkin’ Tokyo.
"SO EXCITED to be going to the Olympics this summer," Rippon tweeted at the time.
The happy couple’s wedding plans are currently on hold, though, as they await completion of the visa process so Kajaala can move to California with Rippon.
"If everything goes well, we'll probably get married in like a few months," Rippon said. "It sounds like, 'Oh wow in a few months,' but we applied for this visa over a year ago, so it's a long process."
But Rippon said he’s been putting the time apart to good use, describing it as "a complete focus change, where I’m trying to make sure I have everything ready for him when he comes to move to California."
In the meantime, Kajaala has been hard at work building "a little cottage so that we always have a little place to go" while in Finland.
Despite their best efforts, though, Rippon admitted "it can be really hard when your partner is far away and you don't get to see them often."