‘IT WAS LOVELY’

KARL & JAS­MINE EX­CHANGE VOWS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FRONT PAGE - HOLLY BYRNES

TV star Karl Ste­fanovic and fi­ancee Jas­mine Yar­brough sealed their love with a top-se­cret com­mit­ment cer­e­mony in Syd­ney yes­ter­day.

The event, held at a pri­vate house in Palm Beach, was at­tended only by im­me­di­ate fam­ily and their clos­est friends. After the cer­e­mony, To­day host Ste­fanovic told The Sun­day Tele­graph: “We are very much in love. We clicked right from the start.

“It’s a com­mit­ment cer­e­mony. It was lovely.”

Com­mit­ment cer­e­monies, most fa­mously seen on TV’s Mar­ried At First Sight, of­ten in­volve the ex­change of vows and rings, but they are not legally bind­ing.

Among the guests were Ste­fanovic’s youngest chil­dren Ava, 13, and River, 11, who were sur­prised by the cer­e­mony. Karl’s el­dest son Jack­son, 18, did not at­tend.

Peter Ste­fanovic and wife Sylvia Jef­freys, who both work with Karl at Chan­nel 9 joined the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Yar­brough’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing sis­ter Jade and par­ents Ch­eryl and Bob, were also at the lux­ury $13 mil­lion com­pound owned by Rob Rankin, a lieu­tenant of James Packer and for­mer chair­man of Crown Re­sorts, and his wife Paula. The home is fre­quently used to host the swanki­est par­ties in Palm Beach.

Ste­fanovic’s To­day buddy Richard Wilkins and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mark Calvert also at­tended. The cou­ple par­tied into the night and po­lice were called at one point in the af­ter­noon but did not at­tend.

Ste­fanovic will be off air for a week and the cou­ple are ex­pected to hon­ey­moon in the South Pa­cific.

Ste­fanovic, 43, and Yar­brough, 34, who have been to­gether for about a year, were en­gaged a month ago.

The cer­e­mony comes after Ste­fanovic and his for­mer wife of 21 years Cas­san­dra Thor­burn sep­a­rated 2016. Their split has been bit­ter and she re­cently said Ste­fanovic was “dead to her’’.

Vic­to­ria Buchan, Nine’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic­ity, con­firmed yes­ter­day’s event, of­fer­ing the net­work’s con­grat­u­la­tions.

She said: “Every­one at Nine wishes Karl and Jas­mine hap­pi­ness and good heath for the fu­ture.”

A be­sot­ted Karl has spo­ken af­fec­tion­ately of his new “wife”. “There’s a lot of love in my life. She’s a very strong, pas­sion­ate per­son.”

Brother Peter Ste­fanovic (left) and Ch­eryl Yar­brough (sec­ond from right) were on hand to help cel­e­brate. The happy cou­ple were en­gaged a month ago. Karl and Jas­mine cel­e­brate with fam­ily after the com­mit­ment cer­e­mony. Pic­ture: Steve Tyson Jas­mine’s...

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