KARL AND JAS’ WEDDING BLISS
INSIDE THEIR MEXICAN FIESTA
KARL Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough have begun their four-day wedding fiesta – and it is set to be a very Queensland affair.
With some high-profile guests still to fly in to Mexico for the ceremony tomorrow (Australian time), Stefanovic and Yarbrough hosted welcome drinks at the exclusive One & Only Palmilla resort in Cabo. Taking over the resort’s Agua by Larbi restaurant, plenty of Queensland touches brought a flavour of the bride and groom’s home state to the venue including a special bar stocked with Bundaberg Rum.
A source close to the couple told The Courier-Mail they had also planned to fly in cases of XXXX for the big day, with the pair having initially bonded over their love of the Sunshine State beverage. “I’m marrying a Queensland girl; there is going to be a few Queensland elements to the wedding … it’s a really important thing for us,” Stefanovic previously told The Sunday Mail.
Stefanovic’s family were all there – his three children, River, 11, Ava, 13, and Jackson, 18 – as well as his mother Jenny, brothers Tom and Pete and their partners Jenna Dinicola and Sylvia Jeffreys, and sister Elisa. A Queensland guest previously revealed Pete would not be Karl’s best man.
Yarbrough’s brood, all from Queensland, also flew in.
Yarbrough’s sister Jade will be in the bridal party, as will her Mara & Mine shoe label business partner Tamie Ingham, along with five of her girlfriends from her Brisbane school days. On Stefanovic’s side, it’s understood Pete and Tom will be groomsmen, as well as motorcycle racing champion and Gold Coast resident Mick Doohan.
The couple, who will have seven bridesmaids and groomsmen, is officially married already though as they had to sign legal documentation before leaving Australia.
Yarbrough will walk down the aisle tomorrow wearing a bespoke couture creation from upcoming Australian designer Jess Andreatta, who owns a boutique on the same Paddington fashion district as Yarbrough’s Mara & Mine.
A source said the cost of being a bridesmaid had put strain on Yarbrough’s school friends who worked “regular jobs”, particularly since – contrary to previous reports – the
couple had not paid to put their wedding party up at the pricey hotel. “The girls paid for their dresses, hair, makeup and nails,” the source said. “It cost an absolute fortune.”
Given the minimum price tag of more than $1000 a night for a basic room at Palmilla, many guests stayed at nearby hotels including the Westin and Marquis.
Security was ultra-tight at the resort with media who had booked rooms having had their reservations cancelled or refused entry on arrival.
Guests arrived at sunset and dined from different bars set up around the venue, including an oyster station, porchetta bar, and a tequila bar.
Long time friend of the couple, founder of “influencer style agency” the projects* Jack Bedwani, opened with a welcome speech and introduced Stefanovic before the television presenter said a few words and announced a social media hashtag for the festivities of #letsgetfizzykarl. Yarbrough once lived in Los Angeles where her friends gave her the nickname Jassy Fizzle.
Earlier this week, the couple spent a few days in Los Angeles where they stayed at the famous Beverly Hills Hotel before flying south to Mexico to spend time relaxing with family ahead of the first of several official events. Stefanovic’s daughter, Ava, 13, and eldest son, Jackson, 18, along with his British girlfriend, travelled with their dad while youngest child, River, flew in to Mexico yesterday with his uncle Peter.
About 200 guests are expected to attend the wedding, including former foreign minister Julie Bishop and her partner David Panton.
Stefanovic’s close friend, billionaire James Packer, was a last-minute cancellation.
Other notable faces at the welcome drinks included skate- boarder Corbin Harris and British fashionista Louise Roe.
Queensland will also play an important part in the couple’s post-wedding celebrations, with the pair set to holiday here over the Christmas-New Year period
“As I get older, the more I like (being home), the more I like getting out of Sydney and Melbourne and just chilling out up here,” Stefanovic previously told The Sunday Mail.
I’m marrying a Queensland girl; there is going to be a few Queensland elements to the wedding KARL STEFANOVIC
BRIDAL WALTZ: Karl Stefanovic with Jasmine Yarbrough; (below) with his mother Jenny; (far left) Karl with his sister Elisa, brother Peter and his partner Sylvia Jeffreys, brother Tom and his partner Jenna Dinicola; (insets) Peter Stefanovic and Jeffreys arrive in Mexico; and the One & Only Palmilla resort’s chapel.