Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner opens up about plans to tie the knot with Theresa Nist in January: ‘In your 70s, the clock ticks faster’

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Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist opened up about deciding to say their vows this coming January during a new interview with People that was released on Friday.

The 72-year-old reality television personality and his 70-year-old fiancee became engaged during the finale of Golden Bachelor, which aired this past Thursday.

The media figure, who proposed with a ring worth $40,000, and his soon-to-be wife subsequently announced that they would tie the knot during a live and televised wedding ceremony on January 4.

Turner began the interview by explaining why he wanted to hold a wedding ceremony just a few weeks after becoming engaged.

‘When you’re in your 20s and you put something off for a year, it’s a very small percentage of your life. In your 70s, the clock ticks faster,’ he said.

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist opened up about deciding to say their vows this coming January during a new interview with People that was released on Friday

The retired restauranteur, whose wife Toni unexpectedly passed away in 2017, then added that he was ‘100% certain I found the right girl for me. So it’s like, why not?’

Nist went on to discuss her excitement about the prospect of becoming married to Turner, whom she described as ‘the man of my dreams.’

She remarked; ‘It wasn’t our original timeline, but to be presented with the wedding of our dreams? Spectacular, incredible, wow!’

The reality television personality’s fiancee was formerly married to a childhood sweetheart named Billy, with whom she tied the knot during an impromptu wedding ceremony in 1972.

Turner then stated that he intended for his fiancee to enjoy the planning process of their upcoming wedding ceremony.

‘Since she’d sort of gotten the hurry-up job the first time, I wanted her to be able to savor all of the anticipation and the joy…it doesn’t sound like she’s getting cheated,’ he said.

Nist added that she felt as if her upcoming wedding ceremony was ‘going to be incredible.’

The reality television personality went on to express that he, as well as his fiancee, were mainly concerned with each other’s well-being.

The retired restauranteur, whose wife Toni unexpectedly passed away in 2017, stated that he was '100% certain I found the right girl for me'

The retired restauranteur, whose wife Toni unexpectedly passed away in 2017, stated that he was ‘100% certain I found the right girl for me’

Nist went on to discuss her excitement about the prospect of becoming married to Turner, whom she described as 'the man of my dreams'

Nist went on to discuss her excitement about the prospect of becoming married to Turner, whom she described as ‘the man of my dreams’

Turner then stated that he intended for his fiancee to enjoy the planning process of their upcoming wedding ceremony

Turner then stated that he intended for his fiancee to enjoy the planning process of their upcoming wedding ceremony

Turner's fiancee concluded the interview by stating that, although their respective experiences of loss 'initially' drew them closer to one another, they had since learned to focus on their future as a married couple

Turner’s fiancee concluded the interview by stating that, although their respective experiences of loss ‘initially’ drew them closer to one another, they had since learned to focus on their future as a married couple

‘We don’t talk about careers. We don’t worry about how we’re going to pay the bills. We talk about what we’re going to do to have fun…everything is different. The excitement level is different,’ he said.

Nist then remarked that although ‘there are serious moments, but we laugh so much together.’

Turner’s fiancee concluded the interview by stating that, although their respective experiences of loss ‘initially’ drew them closer to one another, they had since learned to focus on their future as a married couple.

‘That was the basis that formed a bond, but it’s definitely not it. It’s how much we care about each other. It’s really natural,’ she said.

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