Now that their season finale has aired, The Bachelorette‘s DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak can finally step out together as a happily engaged couple — and reveal the first details of their wedding-planning process.
“It’s like this weight off your chest,” Csincsak, 26, told PEOPLE Thursday night at the Dodgers vs. Marlins game in Los Angeles, where fiance Pappas threw out the first pitch. “She was able to go out and do press but I was just locked in a house, losing my mind and wanting to tell all my friends that I was engaged to the hottest woman alive!”
The first time they ventured out together as a couple, Pappas and Csincsak dined at a restaurant where they were immediately recognized by a waitress. The star-struck server jokingly said they had ruined the show’s season finale for her since she hadn’t watched it yet. “I would have never have thought that random would know me,” Csincsak said of getting recognized by strangers. “It’s a trip and it’s awesome and there’s no one I would rather share it with than DeAnna.”
Another public outing came Tuesday when the couple attended a taping of MTV’s Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew. There, they took pictures with dancers and chatted with executive producer Jackson.
The couple, who plan to marry on May 9, 2009, exactly one year after Csincsak proposed, haven’t jumped into planning out the entire wedding just yet but do have a few specifics in mind: she wants a brown theme, he wants a “huge” cheesecake (or ‘groom’s cake,’ as Pappas calls it) and the men will wear suits instead of tuxedos. Also, contestants on this season’s Bachelorette and Pappas’s friends from the 11th season of The Bachelor will be invited as guests.
Two other who will probably be in attendance: Trista and Ryan Sutter. “They’re great friends,” Csincsak said about the former Bachelorette stars, who live 20 minutes down the road from his Breckenridge, Colo., home. “We had lunch with them last week and hung out with their son Max, who is so cute.”
As for starting a family on their own, “We want to have kids before we’re 30,” Csincsak, “but we’re working on getting married … then we’ll work on the bambinos!” — Eunice Oh and Cynthia WangJon SooHoo/LA Dodgers