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Christian 'Bachelor' Who Took Vow of Celibacy Before Marriage Celebrates First Wedding Anniversary

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Catherine Giudici and fiance Sean Lowe posing. |

Former "Bachelor" star Sean Lowe and contestant Catherine Giudici will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Jan. 26, and the couple recently spoke about their first year of marriage and family plans.

"There's been a lot of down time with just us two," Giudici told People magazine. "I've really been enjoying being next to him all the time."

The couple was in the public eye throughout their first meeting, courtship, and even their marriage, which was filmed in a TV special. Lowe has been considered one of the more memorable bachelors for holding onto his Christian faith and vow of celibacy throughout the show. The born-again Christian promised that no physical contact other than kissing would take place on the series notorious for intimate moments and, at times, sexual escapades.

At the time, Lowe did not relish being known as the "Virgin Bachelor" but later came to see it as a blessing because it "opened up a lot of conversation. What they ['Bachelor'] producers did air was the kind of life I want to live, and my morals and values. Maybe it wasn't directly my relationship with Christ, but I think it was obvious," he told Fox 411 in an interview earlier this year.

Before marrying Lowe, Giudici dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized into her fiancé's church by his father. Religious belief is important to the couple, but so is spending time together and simply enjoying being married.

"What originally attracted me to her was her outgoing, goofy personality," Lowe told People. "We've kept that alive and it just kind of keeps our marriage fresh and young. I've got a surprise planned for her, so I've got to keep it under tight wraps," he said of their impending anniversary. "But we'll celebrate it in a really good way."

And as for family planning? The couple is "just enjoying each other right now," Giudici said. "But yeah, the future obviously holds a big family."

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