As Kristi Yamaguchi attempts to win the coveted disco ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars, Lovetripper takes a look back to the day the Olympic gold medalist waltzed down the aisle with her husband, hockey player Bret Hedican:
The blast of a conch shell rang out over the grounds of Hawaii’s Mauna Lani Hotel on July 8, 2000, heralding the arrival of figure skating icon Kristi Yamaguchi, who glided past 300 friends and family members in her Vera Wang gown to the tune “Hawaiian Love Song” on her way to the groom, who stood beneath a pergola festooned with flowers. Mirroring the early evening sky, the brides chapel-length veil was a diaphanous cloud floating in a light breeze as she exchanged vows with her love, while the diamonds on her Fred Leighton tiara sparkled like the stars that would soon appear overhead.
According to InStyle Weddings, a shower of fragrant orchid and rose petals sprinkled by the assembled guests and six bridesmaids in periwinkle blue dresses from Laundry by Shelli Segal christened the couple’s marriage as they took their first steps together as husband and wife, heading to the resort’s ballroom. As attendees, which included fellow Olympians Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Peggy Fleming, dined on seared tuna-and-shrimp followed by filet mignon and Hawaiian snapper, the newlyweds took to the dance floor to sway to a contemporary classic which summed up their special day– “I Could Not Ask For More.”