Jacinta + Kurt by Quint Photography

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship:

Introducing us as Kurt and Jacinta Boledziuk. Kurt is 35 years old and I’m 34. A myth existed for some time that Jacinta and Kurt met at a service station while cycling. That was actually date number three as the truth is, they both swiped right. Jacinta and Kurt’s first date was in June 2015 at Union Electric Bar.

From both their perspectives it was a success, but they already had individual plans and separately headed off on overseas adventures, so date two didn’t happen for another 3 months. They reconnected on their return and Kurt promptly joined Jacinta’s Triathlon club.  In the first event together, they both ran their best trying to impress each other.  Things moved quickly from there and their next date eventuated as surfing at Anglesea.

Jacinta said it was attraction at first sight because he was the European sports model for which she had been looking. Kurt said he was definitely attracted by Jacinta’s appearance, but it was that she was active, healthy and a traveller leading a similar lifestyle that really appealed to him.

As they have spent more time together, they have found they have so much in common. They both have an enthusiasm for keeping fit and active, the outdoors and the beach and a love of cycling, triathlon, world travel, food and wine.  Family connection is integral to their lives. Jacinta and Kurt like to set and achieve goals and their future goals include cycling more mountains around the world, and someday create a family of their own. Most of all, their goal is to continue enjoying a happy, active life together.  

In December 2019, they went on a trip to Mexico and Cuba. On New Year’s Eve in Cuba, they went on a day trip to Varadero and on the way home Kurt convinced their taxi driver to detour to Castillo del Morro, the fortress guarding the entrance to Havana Bay. Kurt convinced Jacinta to have a photo of them both standing on top of the castle wall, with a steep drop down to the ocean beyond. Kurt set up the camera on video at sunset.  When both were up on the wall, Kurt proposed.  That night they celebrated with their thousands of friends in the streets of Havana.

Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details:

Our aim was to create a simple and elegant event. We wanted a relaxed day, delicious food, fine wine and a beautiful venue. Mitchelton Winery was just perfect for us and it just so happened to be the halfway point between our two families.

We chose to host our ceremony in the underground wine cellar that guests accessed via a stunning Indigenous art gallery. After the ceremony we enjoyed cocktails and canapes on the lawns overlooking the Goulburn River listening to live music played by a trio from Hey Jack on cello, guitar and vocals.

We both enjoy cycling, and have both cycled up mountains in France together, and several elements of our wedding became very much attuned to a cycling event – a theme that tied everything together and made the day unique to us. From the outset, the selection of our ‘breakaway’, our version of a bridal party, cycling ran through the event.

Our MC’s (our good friends Steve and Sarah) introduced us to the ‘race’ and kept the energy high through the night. Our speeches, almost all of them, included a story, joke or two about how many bikes we have. It was a subtle, yet key element that tied everything together.

Our suppliers were recommended by friends and family and also included a few very special vendors. We also had Kurt’s brother film the day, Kurt’s Dad supplied the wedding car and Jacinta’s best friend made the cake.

What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day:

Everyone tells you the day goes so fast, which is 100% true! We added welcome drinks the night before and a recovery brunch to extend the celebrations and most importantly get more time with our family and friends.

On the day we were both up early to take in sunshine on a run through the winery vines. It was the perfect way to start the day and get some fresh air whilst going over our speeches and vows one final time.

A unique moment was our surprise first dance. Following our engagement in Central America we signed up to salsa lessons and spent weeks rehearsing the moves from ‘Time of Your Life’. Thanks to our fabulous dance instructors at the Salsa Foundation we even pulled off a couple of lifts!

 Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together:

The first step to planning our dream day was to agree on an event brief. Jacinta works in event management and couldn’t help but approach wedding planning like a work gig, making sure all stakeholders are on the same page!

After agreeing on what’s most important, a budget and the ‘why are we doing this’ we were able to make a lot of decisions very quickly and easily. 

Photography: @quint.photography | Ceremony and Reception location: @mitcheltonweddings | Bride’s gown: @lover | Groom’s attire: @institchu | Engagement Ring: @cushlawhitingjewellery | Bride’s shoes: @hispanitasshoes | Groom’s shoes: @mccloudshoesmelbourne | Earrings: @ernestandjoe | Socks: @maap.cc | Makeup: @luxebeautyandmakeupco | Flower girls attire: @arabellaandrose | Entertainment: @heyjack_co | Flora: @partyplants | Catering and Beverages: @mitcheltonweddings | Registry: @thehintregistry