KARL AND JAS’ WED­DING BLISS

IN­SIDE THEIR MEX­I­CAN FI­ESTA

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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.

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