Former Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon has married his boyfriend of nearly five years, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, in a private ceremony in Encino, California on New Year’s Eve.

Rippon said that a secret ceremony was what they always wanted, and the plans came together the day of the wedding. “We always wanted to do something simple and just the two of us … so obviously when you do that, the next best thing that you can do is you reach out to [marriage officiant] Maria… And she goes, ‘I have availability this week, but I also have something today.’ And so then I said, ‘Listen, Maria, we’re on our way,'” he told People. 

The ceremony was sweet, simple and intimate. Kajaala said, “We did dress up, but nothing special. Like just nice stuff. We wanted to look like ourselves.” The eternally-witty Rippon added, “We wore like what you would wear [to] the Easter Sunday mass… Easter Sunday mass looks like a sweater.”

The couple also kept the same wedding bands they picked together in Finland when they first became engaged in December 2020. Rippon joked that “the great divide” of their relationship was that he wanted diamonds in his ring, while Kajaala did not.

Rippon and Kajaala first met on Tinder and spent most of 2020 dating long-distance because of travel restrictions during the first wave of the pandemic.  Kajaala moved to Los Angeles permanently in December 2021.

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