Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici Recall the Moment They Fell in Love

03/16/2013 AT 6:00 PM ET

It’s not every day that a man proposes to the love of his life on national television, so one can perhaps forgive Sean Lowe for getting a little ahead of himself when he popped the question to Catherine Giudici.

“I wanted to tell her why I fell in love with her and why I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, but I got so excited that I rushed it,” the Bachelor star recalls.

“I probably should have spent more time on it, but honestly, I couldn’t wait to get down on one knee and ask her to marry me!”

As the more than 9 million people who viewed the romantic proposal in Thailand now know, she said yes. But for all that rushing to “will you?,” the wait until “I do” might seem particularly torturous. Lowe, 29, a Dallas-based entrepreneur, and his bride-to-be, 26, a graphic designer from Seattle, have vowed to wait until their wedding day to consummate their relationship.

For Lowe, a conservative Christian and “born-again” virgin who has abstained from sex since college, the decision reflects long-held religious beliefs.

Still, he’s hopeful that the wait won’t be too long. “I’m a guy,” he says with a laugh. “If it were up to me, I’d go to the courthouse tomorrow and it would be a done deal!”

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