Karina Smirnoff postpones wedding to focus on 'Dancing' with J.R. Martinez

"I want to enjoy this and I want to enjoy the wedding and doing it together is just really hard," Karina Smirnoff said.

Story highlights

  • The "Dancing with the Stars" pro has a happy reason to postpone
  • J.R. Martinez sits happily atop the leader board
  • "There's absolutely no time," Smirnoff said

Karina Smirnoff is pushing back her January 21 wedding date -- so why is she so ebullient?

The "Dancing with the Stars" pro has a happy reason to postpone her big day with baseball player fiancé Brad Penny, and he goes by J.R. Martinez.

Actually, make that "frontrunner" J.R. Martinez, who sits happily atop the leader board after Monday's '80s-night competition.

"I got an amazing partner and we spend so much time at the studio because we have a great shot at [winning the mirror ball trophy]," Smirnoff, 33, said after the show Monday. "And we truly enjoy putting together these great routines."

So the wedding will wait. "There's absolutely no time," she said of all the work she and Martinez, 28, are putting into their dancing. "I want to enjoy this and I want to enjoy the wedding and doing it together is just really hard."

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Plus, Penny, 33, who pitches for the Detroit Tigers, has just recently wrapped up his baseball season.

"Once [Dancing] is over, we're going to concentrate on the rest of the life," Karina says of resuming wedding planning.

    And it sounds like she'll have all the help she needs. Says Martinez: "I want to be one of the bridesmaids."

    See the full story at PEOPLE.com.