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New Mrs Stefanovic tells all
FOR bride-to-be Jasmine Yarbrough, her wedding today will be just as she pictured it – on the beach.
As the shoe designer prepares to tie the knot with Today host Karl Stefanovic in Mexico, Ms Yarbrough said the location was perfect.
“I never was a girl who dreamt of their wedding,” the 34-year-old said. “I never imagined it, so I don’t have any expectations.
“I just want it to be warm and on the beach, then just figure the rest out.”
Two years after meeting in Sydney and falling in love, Ms Yarbrough and Stefanovic, 44, will marry at midday, Australian time, at the chapel of the luxury One&Only Palmilla resort at Cabo. Stefanovic’s sister, Elisa Pointon, will act as celebrant before the couple host their reception on site.
Guests will include former foreign minister Julie Bishop and her partner, David Panton; younger brother Peter Stefanovic and his wife, Sylvia Jeffreys; and model Montana Cox.
Ms Yarbrough, who will take her fiance’s surname, said she always hoped marriage was on the cards.
“It means having someone by your side while you navigate this crazy, beautiful and sometimes challenging thing called life,” she said. “I am a very loyal person, so choosing one person for life is a big thing for me.”
The Brisbane-born former model revealed Stefanovic was very unwell the day he popped the question.
“After the proposal, he started sweating and I asked if he was all right,” she said. “I thought he was just nervous, but it turns out he was sick from a virus.
“It’s so funny that he got sick after the proposal – it’s not the most romantic, but it’s so us for something like that to happen.”
Stefanovic revealed his soft side at the couple’s intimate wedding rehearsal yesterday, with the Channel 9 star visibly overcome with emotion as he shared the occasion with his three children, River, 12, Ava, 13, and Jackson, 19.
“Having his three kids with him means the absolute world to Karl,” a friend said. “He is overwhelmed by the attention, but most importantly wants to share this amazing celebration with them and Jasmine.”
A cover of the Oasis hit Wonderwall was heard coming from the chapel at the rehearsal. Those inside said Peter Stefanovic was involved in the performance.
This year during a Uber chat, that landed the siblings in hot water, they reportedly compared themselves to troubled Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher.
The reference was made because of their fractured relationship with their dad, Alex. But despite the yearslong rift, Stefanovic’s father, who isn’t at the wedding, insisted yesterday that he had mended his relationship with his eldest son.
The night before the rehearsal, the couple hosted a welcome party for guests, with Stefanovic dressed in a cream linen suit with a white shirt, while Ms Yarbrough wore a white silk slip dress.
Many of the 200 wedding guests spent yesterday enjoying the beachside Mexican hot spot.
MUCH like your cousin’s 21st birthday bash and the media career of the “how bow dah” girl, today’s glitzy Cabo wedding of Karl Stefanovic to Jasmine Yarbrough has fizzled and faded before it even blazed.
The over-the-top luxury extravaganza, intended to be a three-day crescendo to mark a whirlwind love affair that has seen the host’s star power plummet, hasn’t had the punch it was supposed to pack.
Can a two-year relationship be classed as a whirlwind? Who knows. Probably not. But for some reason this romance feels like a whirlwind.
Anyway, the wedding has been spoilt by hype and flurry, the kind that are unavoidable when a celebrity gets married at a Hollywood hotspot.
Similar to Cabo itself, the opulent playground for the world’s ridiculously rich and famous perched on the edge of the rough and rocky Mexican desert where poverty and violence are just blocks away, the threeday affair of next-level luxury has been forced. The names on the guest list got bigger and more bizarre as today neared. James Packer! Julie Bishop! Shane Warne?
While part of us hoped that Julie would be seated next to Shane at every event across the weekend in the hope he’d accidentally spill guacamole on one of her Armani blazers, thus igniting a weird grudge she’d hold against him for years, another part of us wondered why this whole shebang was orchestrated to be a spectacle.
Karl and Jasmine have become that annoying couple you know who decide to have a destination wedding in some inconvenient and expensive location you’d never choose to go.
That couple who demand all their friends and family abandon their own lives and part with their life savings and use up all their annual leave to come celebrate them. Destination weddings fuel bitter resentments in all friendship groups.
Not all of Karl and Jasmine’s wedding guests can afford to stay at the couple’s resort of choice, the One&Only Palmilla, a lush paradise where Jennifer Aniston goes to apply Avene while lying on a day bed and Oprah goes to do things billionaires do. It’s not just any resort. Forget the mud huts on the Gold Coast your parents used to make you spend your Christmas holidays in. At this joint, every room has an ocean view and each guest has their own personal butler, because to have one without the other is just stupid.
Keeping up with the Stefanovics isn’t easy and some groups of friends have been forced to slum it down the road at the Hilton. “I’m all set for the Studio 54 party!” one of these guests said to another after checking into the far less star-studded resort. “Got my all-white suit.”
Not to speculate, but I think it’s this Studio 54 party that made Packer rethink his attendance. He was all set to go and be best man until, just days ago, reports surfaced he’d pulled out. The only thing worse than a costume party is having to do novelty group disco choreography while at a costume party. Of course Packer preferred the idea of staying home alone at his Argentinian ranch.
What made it even more awkward is he couldn’t just say he was short on cash, so he blamed his mum’s birthday which she already celebrated with a bash weeks ago.
Sure, the guest-list was still stuntcast with a weird name or two – a JBish here and a Warnie there, a random sports reporter from Channel 9. But news of Packer’s no-show was a clear sign this thing was about to be a letdown.
Rather than trying to be big and bold, small and intimate would’ve been more impressive this weekend. A guest list of close friends and family, rather than Roxy Jacenko and that 20-something model Jordan Barrett. Seriously, it’s one in the morning, Night Fever is playing over the sound system for the seventh time and Karl, Roxy and Jordan are standing around the tequila bar in identical white flares. What do they talk about?
“It’s a bizarre thing to happen,” one of the pals slumming it down at the Hilton was overheard saying to an- other while sipping sugar-free margaritas three nights before the big day. She wasn’t referring to the Studio 54 party, though her statement applies to that too. Instead, she was musing about the media attention surrounding the wedding. “But now she (Jasmine) is used to it.”
On the surface, some may shrug and say the getaway was an attempt at a private wedding.
After all, Karl’s on the other side of the world.
But this wasn’t an attempt to be private or a desperate escape from the spotlight. It was a leap into it while doing the splits and waving jazz hands.
If Margot Robbie can get married on some farm in Byron Bay without any of us knowing, so too can the Stefanovics.
How bow dah.
WEDDING EVE: Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough; and (inset) Julie Bishop and partner David Panton.
BIG BASH: The wedding of Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough, pictured with Stefanovic’s mother Jenny, has fizzled before it starts.