03/25/2004 at 12:00 AM EST
Meredith Phillips and Ian McKee got engaged during the Feb. 25 finale of "The Bachelorette." But why wait for the wedding to set up house? The two decided earlier this month to move in and are now living together, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue.
"We just wanted to settle down and get things done," says McKee, 29, a former equities-research salesman born in Brazil, who has left Manhattan to join model Phillips, 30, in Los Angeles.
The couple recently went shopping together at IKEA for their apartment. ("It was mayhem!" says McKee.) Though no date has been set, they say their wedding won't be a big affair.
"I'll do it all myself, no wedding planner," says Phillips. "That's how small it's going to be." In other words, nothing like the televised nuptials of the first "Bachelorette" couple, Trista and Ryan Sutter.
For now, Phillips, who loves Thai food, is focused on teaching McKee how to cook. Says Phillips: "We're a very normal couple."