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Gov. John Hickenlooper and Robin Pringle
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Robin Pringle (Photo courtesy John Hickenlooper)

Gov. John Hickenlooper

will marry his fiancée, Robin Pringle, in a small private ceremony on Saturday.

The 63-year-old Democrat proposed to Pringle, 37, during the Christmas holiday after dating her for more than a year.

"It's going to be a tiny little service," Hickenlooper said.

"We are trying to low-key the wedding just because we have two choices," the governor explained. "This is the one weekend in the space of a couple months that we could get hitched.

"Or if we wait three or four months, then we'd end up having a gigantic wedding that would be 500 people or 600 people."

The couple opted for the smaller option.

"An occasion like that should be something that's powerful and intimate, so that's what we decided to do: seize the moment and do it on very short-term. Most of the people are going to be from out of town and very few people local," he added, declining to offer further details.

This the the governor's second marriage. Hickenlooper and his first wife, author Helen Thorpe, divorced after 10 years of marriage, first separating in July 2012. They have a son, Teddy, who is 13, and remain friends.


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Pringle is a vice president of corporate development at Liberty Media in Douglas County. In March, she joined the Colorado Innovation Network, a board created by the governor to encourage entrepreneurship and job growth. She is also on the board at the Clyfford Still Museum.

Hickenlooper proposed at his Park Hill home. "I just manned up," he joked.

"I've been trying to talk her out of it for months," he added, "but she still seemed eager so I just looked her in the eye and said, 'Should we do this? Would you be willing to get married and be my wife?'"

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