Not everyone believes in love at first sight: some think it to be a frivolous and fleeting emotion; however, that sentiment means very little to Barbara “Barbie” Blank and Sheldon Souray. Nothing about the two seems mundane – Barbie is a model and one of the stars of the E! reality show, WAGS, as well as a former wrestler for WWE known by her ring name, “Kelly Kelly,” and Sheldon is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played for 13 seasons with teams such as the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, and more – so it was only natural that the moment they first locked eyes involved a bolt of electricity. After being introduced in 2010 by a mutual friend at a party in Malibu, California, it was obvious that a spark had been ignited. “I know it sounds cheesy, but we knew as soon as we met that we were meant to be,” remembers Barbie.
In the summer of 2014, Sheldon decided to take their relationship to the next level and proposed to his longtime girlfriend. As Barbie readied herself for an excursion on their boat, she was oblivious to the importance the day would hold for years to come. Once in the middle of the lake in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; “He started playing our song and professing his love for me,” Barbie muses. “Then he got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him! I was crying so hard, I couldn’t even get a ‘yes’ out – I just nodded my head like crazy.”
During their 14-month engagement, Barbie made many of the big decisions herself: one of which being the location of their vow exchange. “Los Cabos, Mexico was where we went on our first vacation together, so it has always been our special place,” she reveals. Once it was determined that the pair would be hosting destination nuptials, international event planning proved a task best suited for a local professional to handle. After hiring a Los Cabos-based coordinator three months before the big day, everything was kicked into high gear. “My husband was about 20% involved and my mom helped me here and there with little things, but I did the majority of it with my planner,” she says. “I knew exactly how I wanted our wedding to look.”
The sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean never felt so romantic. Nearly 100 guests gathered on a raised wooden platform resting on the sand to find their seats. Alternating sheer fabric in ivory and pale lavender cascaded down the backs of chairs facing an opulent arbor sporting a halo of roses in shades of blush and alabaster. With her husband-to-be and the azure sea in her sights, Barbie glided down the vast aisle that extended up the beach, preceded by her bridesmaids in soft pink, form-fitting ensembles with plunging necklines and her soon-to-be stepdaughters in crisp pearl dresses. The bride herself wore a dramatic trumpet gown with a jetting tulle skirt, straps featuring floral appliqués, and intricate detailing throughout. There was not a dry eye in the area during the ceremony. “Before our own vows, we gave my stepdaughters bracelets and they gave me a ring as a symbol of our promises to each other,” Barbie shares.
Following the heartfelt service and a fun cocktail hour, attendees adjourned to the newlyweds’ tented reception on the sand. A raised stage played host to understated wooden tablescapes showcasing lace runners bedecked with arrangements in glass vessels of varying heights, brimming with the same flushed blooms displayed in the ceremony arch. “I planned the color scheme to include a lot of pinks and whites – I wanted it to look very magical,” tells the bride. “I also wanted there to be flowers everywhere, so my planner took that idea and went above and beyond. There were so many! It was just perfect.”
Friends and family, including celebrities such as supermodel Cindy Crawford and former professional hockey player Mike Comrie, danced well into the starry night by way of a lively band. A towering six-tier wedding cake sat proudly in the corner, featuring ribbon details, various patterns, and consisting of four delectable flavors: vanilla, fudge, marble, and caramel with berries. In naming her most memorable moment, Barbie has no doubt in her mind: “I loved our first dance,” she divulges. “We moved like no one was watching… like it was just Sheldon and me in our own world. We never rehearsed anything, we just went out there and had the time of our lives.”