NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch,
voted by ESPN as Hottest Female Athlete, is no longer playing the dating
field, and she makes this even more evident as the current cover model for
Modern Bride magazine. Engaged to Casey Daigle, pitcher for the Arizona
Diamondbacks Triple-A team, Finch took time out from her pre-Athens excitement
to slip into a sexy Amy Michelson bridal gown for the Modern Bride photo shoot
on a beach in Santa Monica, CA and answer questions about her engagement and
the upcoming wedding.
24-year-old Finch admits to first turning Daigle down when he sent her
five dozen roses and a note asking her to dinner while they were in college at
the University of Arizona. After her polite, "I don't think so," they kept
running into each other, and eventually Finch gave in to a date.
"The past two years have been pretty crazy," says Finch of her and
Daigle's schedules. "Our lifestyles have changed since we met two years ago.
All of a sudden, I was on the Olympic team, traveling here and there, and he
was in the big leagues." Their relationship has endured the typical
long-distance romance of on-the-road athletes. "Seeing Casey more than three
days in a row, and not going to bed in different cities with cell phones
connected to our ears ... we're looking forward to that," Finch says.
Daigle's proposal to Finch had all the romantic elements of creativity and
attention to detail. Recalls Finch, "He blindfolded me and said we were going
to dinner. We got to the field where he'd first seen me throw. He walked me
out to the mound; there were gerbera daisies and champagne on a blanket, and
he was on one knee. He had the ring in a ceramic box in the shape of a
baseball and he said, 'You've been the queen of the diamond for four years,
and I want you to be the queen of my heart.'"
The wedding planning became a challenge for Finch as the Olympics
approached, but she has had fun pursuing two monumental goals. "I like to
think I can handle it," says Finch. "[The learning curve will be] the whole
housewife thing," she says. "I'm not a cook and I don't enjoy cleaning." And
she says there is no way she is retiring from softball, "When I'm 75, I'll
still be going." Above everything else, Finch is clear about her identity, "I
want to be Mrs. Casey Daigle," she says, "but on the field, I will always be
The Finch/Daigle Wedding Details:
The dress: A Maggie Sottero "Cinderella" ball gown.
The attire: Black tuxes for Daigle and the groomsmen and black gowns for
The flowers: Jennie is considering her favorite, red gerbera daisies and
says there will also be red roses.
The location: She'd like to have the ceremony at The Crystal Cathedral
in Garden Grove, CA, and the reception at nearby Rancho Capistrano.
The music: Jennie says, "We both like country music." Casey is teaching
her the two-step.
The baseball touch: The ring bearer will wear a black baseball jersey
that says "Daigle" with Casey's baseball number. The flower girl will
wear a white baseball jersey that says "Finch" with Jennie softball
Something blue: Jennie will wear a University of Arizona garter belt in
the school's color blue given to her by a friend.
The December/January issue of Modern Bride is available on newsstands now.
For more information visit http://www.modernbride.com. Modern Bride magazine
is published by the Fairchild Bridal Group.
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SOURCE Fairchild Publications