AceShowbiz - Adam Rippon is officially off the market. Taking to social media, the Olympic figure skater has revealed that he tied the knot with his fiance Jussi-Pekka Kajaala on New Year's Eve in Encino, California.
On Wednesday, January 19, the 32-year-old athlete made use of his Instagram account to share the exciting news. "SURPRISE. WE ARE MARRIED [red heart emoji]," he captioned his post that saw him sweetly kissing Jussi-Pekka's forehead. They also posed with their 4-month-old dog, Tony.
"One afternoon JP and I looked at each other and said the very classic *romantic* phrase of 'let's just go do it now,' " Adam continued. He went on saying, "So we did. It was just the three of us and it was perfect 12/31/21."
Adam also told PEOPLE of his secret wedding. "We're unpredictable," he said. "I think everybody knew that we were going to do it and I think nobody knew if we were going to give them a heads-up or not. And I guess we didn't even know if we were giving ourselves a heads-up."
"We always wanted to do something simple and just the two of us," Adam said of his wedding. The "Dancing with the Stars" alum further elaborated, "And so we were looking at different options of what we could do and so obviously [we] reached out to [California marriage officiant] Maria and asked, 'When is [your] next availability for a wedding?' " Adam shared. "And she goes, 'I have availability this week, but I also have something today.' "
Adam recalled that he then said, " 'Listen, Maria, we're on our way.' We're going to be there for the one o'clock appointment in Encino, California, the happiest place on earth.'" Of the date, Jussi-Pekka said they chose December 31 because New Year's Eve "isn't a big thing" for them.
"We're in bed like 10:30," Jussi-Pekka remembered. "So then we decided that, oh, maybe going to use this day for something special like this and now we have a great meaning for that day."
The pair were joined by their dog, Tony, when they exchanged vows. "It was like what you would get from the dollar store if you knew you had a wedding in five minutes," Adam told the outlet, before gushing, "But it was perfect."