The seven-time Olympic gold medalist, who is engaged to Houston Texans safety Jonathan Owens, tells PEOPLE her wedding is “definitely going to be next year”
Simone Biles is getting ready to say “I do!”
While chatting with PEOPLE about her first signature collection of activewear with Athleta Girl — a new, limited-edition clothing line for girls ages 6–12, out now — the seven-time Olympic gold medalist, 25, also opens about wedding planning with fiance Jonathan Owens.
“Right now, wedding planning is going pretty good,” Biles tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I feel like I’ve only become stressed out within the last week, trying to choose a venue and stuff like that, because there are so many great places to get married, and I feel like that’s a really big decision.”
Noting that looking for a locale to host the festivities hasn’t deterred her hopes to “bring my vision to life,” Biles says her wedding is “definitely going to be next year.”
“I already have my dresses, so that’s good, because it takes a while to get into production and stuff like that,” the gymnast adds.
Biles and Owens previously affirmed their relationship in August 2020 by posting a couple of photographs via virtual entertainment. The couple then declared that they were occupied with an Instagram post recently in February.
At the time, Biles posted a series of shots of Owens proposing in a gazebo in Houston, Texas, with her wearing a black mini dress and him in a gray suit. She also shared a video of her sparkly oval-cut diamond ring, which features a diamond-encrusted band.
In her chat this week with PEOPLE, Biles said she was “actually very surprised” when Owens proposed to her, explaining, “I didn’t know it was coming. He’s very good at secrets.”
Detailing that the pair went to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day, the athlete shared, “There was a photographer there, which now I know he set it up.”
As indicated by Biles, the picture taker let them know that each couple eating that evening would get a photograph. Be that as it may, when Biles and Owens headed outside, she began to contemplate whether the Houston Texans security was going to see about tying the knot.
“I started shaking really bad because then I was like, ‘Wait, hold up. What if he proposes?’ But I didn’t want to get my hopes up … and then he did it,” she says. “And I was just like, I kind of had a feeling, but I wasn’t sure.”
Looking ahead, Biles has already picked out two dresses for the upcoming affair, which she tells PEOPLE has been the “easiest” part of wedding planning.
As for the most challenging decision, Biles says narrowing down the invite list has caused some bumps.
“Both of us know so many people, but we want to keep it intimate and private with our closest family and friends,” she explains. “So, I think the guest list has been the hardest.”
Biles likewise stayed mum on where precisely she and Owens intend to seal the deal, after beforehand uncovering in an Instagram Q&A with fans that the pair need a picturesque marriage.
“It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do, and he was definitely on board with that,” Biles says of holding her wedding afar. “So, we are very excited because we want it to be on the beach and maybe half inside, half outside.