After days of unseasonable scattered rain, the sun rose over San José Los Cabos, Mexico, like the perfect wedding gift from the weather gods, illuminating the ocean in front of the One & Only Palmilla in a golden glow.
Despite the attention of Australia’s press, desperate to get the first glimpse of the bride and groom, Jasmine Yarbrough, 34, started the day feeling relaxed, tucking into a hearty breakfast and sipping on Champagne.
“There haven’t been any nerves, really,” Jasmine, affectionately known as Jas by those close to her, told me. “It just feels right.”
It’s no wonder Jas’ bridal party were laughing like old friends; most of the seven- strong group – which included Jas’ sister Jade, Jimilla Houghton, Sophie Pentland, Sarah Johnson, Stoj Bulic, Georgie Fleming and Tamie Ingham – have been friends since high school.
As a token of her gratitude, she gifted her bridesmaids personalised slippers from Mara & Mine, the shoe brand she co-owns with Tamie.
Jas told me she wanted her bridesmaids, who wore floor-length black gowns by Rachel Gilbert, to feel comfortable above all else.
“Jas has known her bridesmaids for so long. They’ve all grown into the most amazing women,” Jade told me. “They all have a great sense of humour. Laughter is everything to Jas.”
Across the resort, Karl Stefanovic, 44, was sipping on beers in the pool, surrounded by his groomsmen, Tom and Peter Stefanovic, Jasmine’s brother Josh and his close mates Ben Tilley, Mick Doohan, Steve Marshall and schoolmate Alan Rogina.
The groomsmen, who gathered from across the globe, all had suits made where they lived but wore matching shirts and bow ties.
The entire wedding centred around their combined families – Karl’s mum Jenny Stefanovic walked him down the aisle, her brother Josh walked her mum Cheryl into the ceremony, Karl’s sister Elisa officiated as the celebrant and Jas’ beloved dad Bob gave her away.
“Bobby and Jasmine have the most wonderful bond,” Cheryl, Jas’ mum, told me.
Not that she needed to – I’ve seen their close bond over the 30 years I’ve known the family.
“She’s always been his sidekick and looked up to him. He’s the person she goes to first for advice.”
For the full 8-page special featuring 20 more stunning photos from Karl and Jasmine’s wedding, be sure to pick up the new issue of WHO.