The former Miss Universe Australia contestant changed into a second dress at the reception by Australian designer Lillian Khallouf.
With Seven presenter Matt Doran as MC and the photographer being Gelmi’s old friend and former Australian Survivor contestant Jarrad Seng, Gelmi says many aspects of the wedding were “a logistical nightmare” in the lead up, but “all worth
it in the end”.
“Jarrad is Passenger and Ed Sheeran’s photographer and he travelled 24 hours and took three flights just to shoot our wedding,” she explains. “And then he’s turned around tofly back to Uruguay to meet Passenger in 24 hours. The Passenger fans actually started a hashtag because Jarrad missed some gigs so apologies to them!”
Even choosing a state for the wedding was difficult for the hard-working pair who hail from Western Australia and South Australia.
“I hunted high and low for the venue before we even got engaged, sadly,” Gelmi says, laughing. “Adelaide is obviously where Ben is from and considering we live in Sydney, and Perth is where my family are from, it was kind of a happy medium. With Adelaide, the Hills is only half an hour out of the city and so it allowed us to have a venue that felt like you’d really escaped the city.”
The couple – who live in Bondi with their dog Harry – first met at work. “I had just started an internship at Fox Sports and I was newly single,” Gelmi recalls.
“Ben was the anchor and I thought he was pretty cute. It all sort of went from there. We always joke that I pretty much chased him profusely which is sadly the case.
“We started off in the workplace together which of course had its little dramatic moments but mostly it was just fun, and we knew from the beginning that it was something pretty special.
“From the moment we first kissed, it was like, OK, this is it. We’ve been full steam ahead ever since.”
The couple are now so excited for married life. “We moved in together, we have a dog, I was so happy when we got engaged and now, we’re married!”
With her career reaching dizzying new heights this year, thanks to landing the role on House Rules, Gelmi had no choice but to postpone her honeymoon for the foreseeable future.
“It’s been difficult going straight back to work after the wedding,” Gelmi admits. “Hopefully we will be able to book a honeymoon soon, hopefully mid next year.”
However, the humble TV talent is quick to add that she’s grateful for every day of work she has on House Rules.
“It’s everything I hoped it would be and more,” she says. “It’s one of those jobs that took me by surprise, and I was just so thrilled to be considered, let alone to get the role. And working with Jamie has been such a dream. He’s such a legend and has been there for me from day one. The contestants are gorgeous and there are so many twists this season.”
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