Miss USA Nia Sanchez: How She and Fiance Daniel Booko Are Planning Their Wedding!

Miss USA Nia Sanchez and her fiance Daniel Booko
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Wearing a sparkling headpiece usually only happens on your wedding day — but for Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, it's an everyday thing! The beauty queen and former Miss Nevada got engaged to her longtime love, actor Daniel Booko, on October 4 during a girl's weekend in New York City. Her friends knew, and Daniel was fully prepared with a photographer, videographer, his sister Hannah's help — and a ridiculously gorgeous (and blinding) diamond engagement ring.

So while Nia prepares for the Miss Universe pageant on January 25, the fourth degree taekwondo black belt and former Hong Kong Disneyland Disney princess took some time to tell The Knot all about her wedding prep — and no, she doesn't want her wedding to be at Disney.

"I loved my job, but a Disney wedding would be a little too much for me. I don't want Mickey and Minnie popping up at my ceremony!" Nia says.

The Knot: You wear a crown all the time since you're Miss USA — but what about for your wedding day?

Nia Sanchez: My Miss USA crown is the is only crown I wear! For my wedding day, I want to wear a veil. I love the dramatic style of Spanish-inspired lace mantilla veils.

TK: Do you know how you want to look on your wedding day?

NS: I definitely don't want to look pageant-y on my wedding day. I have some private Pinterest boards with elegant, classic looks. I want my wedding dress to be so timeless that it looks in style 50 years from now, hopefully.

TK: Have you gotten a chance to start making any wedding plans yet?

NS: No, we haven't done any wedding planning yet. The Miss Universe pageant is January 25, so there's no way we can just yet. If I win Miss Universe, we'll wait a year to start making plans. As for now, we're going to enjoy being engaged during the holidays! It'll be a lot of fun.

TK: Can you give us any details on your wedding decor choices and location?

NS: I never had an idea of how I wanted my wedding to be, but I love anything beautiful and sparkly! I want a very elegant vibe with purple and silver accents. I'm definitely pinning things on Pinterest! But I want our wedding to be in California. Daniel is an actor and lives there, so maybe at a beach or vineyard. He definitely wants to be involved with planning.

TK: Who's going to end up inviting the most people?

NS: Definitely Daniel. I have a small, intimate group, while he has a huge group of Hollywood celebrity pals. He's been best friends with Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson's husband and Diana Ross's son, for 10 years. (Editor's note: Nia and Daniel were also in Ashlee and Evan's wedding party!)

TK: Will choosing bridesmaids be easy for you?

NS: Oh gosh… I'm either having 13 or four. I have lots of super close girlfriends and future sisters-in-law.

TK: What might surprise your fans about your wedding?

NS: Daniel will bring out the professional dancer in me for our reception!

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