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Inside Nicole Trunfio’s California Coachella wedding

Nicole  

& Gary Clark Jr

Three years ago in 2016 Perth born model, Nicole Trunfio tied the knot in a Coachella themed wedding in Palm Springs, California. 

When you meet and fall in love at Coachella, you make a point of saying your vows at the very place that brought you together after years–and an adorable son named Zion–together. Nicole tied the knot in a Steven Khalil gown. They said their vows last night at The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs at music and fashion’s biggest festival just days after Gary’s concert at the venue.

For her wedding ceremony, Nicole wore a stunning silk Steven Khalil gown with a scalloped-edge veil with her brunette locks softly framing her face. The gown featured silver embroidery along the back and around the bust area, while the stunning A-line skirt cascaded into an elegant train. 

Nicole later changed in a ’70-s style lace Yolan Chris gown for the reception, while Gary wore a John Varvatos suit paired with his trademark fedora hat. 

 

Nicole told Vogue that when she found the dress by Steven Khalil that “ot was that ha-ha! moment that a lot of women speak about, completely different to anything I thought I would wear. I went to a few designers to custom make me dresses, but found myself with cold feet after knowing how often I change my taste and question my style decisions. So I waited. People thought I was crazy to wait so long.  Unexpectedly I found ‘the one’ in Sydney. After two long photoshoots, my friend Melanie Grant and I visited Steven Khalil’s studio, which he opened after-hours for us. As I walked in I eyed off a dress that ‘wasn’t me’, and then tried on a few others. Before leaving I just had this gut feeling to try on that first dress. We were all laughing at how much it just was not me. Even when I put it on, my audience was still making fun, but I saw something different. It was traditional, yet modern and unique in every way. Together with Steven we customised it, added and took away a lot and we gave it a cathedral- length veil. I felt slightly dolce Vita, slightly undone. 

“I always want my clients to feel like themselves in their wedding gown… just their best version. This is not the moment to try out the latest trend or to really push yourself way out of your comfort zone.” – Anita Patrickson

“When you are dressing a client for her wedding it’s quite different than when you approach a red carpet. I want my client to truly feel like themselves, to wear something they will still be in love with 30 years from now and at the same time, I want it to feel very elevated and chic. Nicole, being the beauty that she is, is so much fun to dress from a stylist’s point of view, but she also understands fashion knows herself and her body so well. I truly cannot imagine her wedding story without a single one of these looks.” – Anita Patrickson

The Brides Black Book:

Dress: Steven Khalil

Reception dress: Yolan Cris

Rings: Trunfio Universe 

Shoes: Sophia Webster

Hair: Cassie Harwood 

Make-up: Victoria Baron 

Fragrance: Cuban Tobacco candles by Lumira 

Groom’s attire: John Varvatos 

Bridesmaid’s outfits: Custom tailoring

Photographer: Kane Skennar 

Venue: Colony Palms Hotel, Palm Springs, California 

Cake: Over the Rainbow 

Music: Alice Smith & Citizen Cope

First dance: You Send Me by Sam Cooke

Flowers: Artisan Events