Ally + Nicolas Photography Kevin Wendt and Astrid Loch
Astrid Loch and Kevin Wendt can ultimately say they are husband and wife.
Following a whirlwind romance that began on Bachelor in Paradise in 2018, Loch and Wendt tied the knot on Friday at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida. The relationship milestone comes after the couple – who briefly split but later reconciled and got engaged in August 2019 – postponed their wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic and welcomed their son , August, in November 2021.
Companion Bachelor Nation stars Rachel Lindsay, Blake Horstmann, Alexis Waters, Kristina Schulman and Whitney Fransway were among 100 loved ones who came together to help celebrate the nuptials.
Luckily for Loch and Wendt, the trip was worth it – although they both agree they feel like they’ve been “married for quite a while”.
“We’ve had the countdown for so long,” Wendt, 38, exclusively told PEOPLE. “We’ve been counting the day for two and a half years.”
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Before the big day, the couple wanted “a minimum of stress”.
“I feel like everyone we talk to says it’s over in a heartbeat, so try to enjoy it. And I feel like it’s easier to say what to do,” continues Wendt. “But I think if we have the right wedding planner and you have it all figured out, it could be stressful now, but on the day, we just want to have fun and not rush around in stress. We just want to have fun, and enjoying our friends and family.”
Ally + Nicolas Photography Kevin Wendt, Astrid Loch and their son August
The couple worked with Kimberly Hensley of Kimberly Hensley Events to get the vision for their special day just right. It was imperative for them to create “something timeless”, says Loch, 32.
“We wanted to come back to images that would still be beautiful in 20 years,” she continues. “So we kept it very up-to-date and stylish.”
The space – which was right on the waterfront but had a large courtyard – was decorated with an abundance of fairy lights and beautiful flowers arranged by Victoria Blooms. They also opted to have a “beautiful mix” of flower arrangements and candles lined up on long farmhouse-style tables in the reception area.
A musician was hired to play acoustic music for the ceremony and during the cocktail hour.
The ceremony was “unplugged”. As Loch explains, the couple wanted their guests to “be really there in the moment.”
Ally + Nicolas Photography Kevin Wendt and Astrid Loch
Although they opted out of hosting a wedding party, Loch and Wendt selected some “special people” to help make their day more enjoyable. Wendt’s brother, Justin, and Astrid’s sister, Ingrid, were tasked with donating the rings and taking the bouquet, respectively. “Everything else will just be me and Astrid up there,” he explains.
Their son was also at the altar, wearing matching State & Liberty tuxedos as Loch walked down the aisle for John Legend’s “Conversations in the Dark.” Loch wearing a custom made Gaila Lahav dress. Brides by Kelly Anne + Co took care of her hair and makeup. (Her only bridesmaid wore Park & Fifth Co.)
Loch’s mother walked her down the aisle while her stepfather officiated. The duo exchanged vows which they wrote themselves in front of a beautiful flower arch.
For the reception, a DJ — Inpulse — was used. Speeches were also made by Loch’s sister and Wendt’s brother as well as both of their parents. They did their first dance to “Tequila” by Dan + Shay.
Ally + Nicolas Photography Astrid’s hole
“A lot of it had to do with us meeting in heaven and drinking tequila together for a month,” Wendt explains.
“The song came out that summer. We’ll be dancing to it and then handing out little shots of tequila to everyone,” Loch adds. “We’ll all do a little bang at the end together and the party will begin.”
The food was prepared by Pier 22. Their guests were treated to a prime rib carving station and an abundance of typical “Floridian food”, including a shrimp cocktail. They offered late night snacks including sliders and mac and cheese bites, but there was also a candy station.
“Just a bit of everything,” says Loch. “We just really, really wanted good food.”
A vanilla cake with raspberry and white chocolate ganache from Cakes by Ron was provided, but Loch shares that they opted to skip the tradition of cutting the cake.
“We don’t do the garter. We don’t do the bouquet toss,” she says. “We just want to hang out with our friends.”
Ally & Nicholas Photography photographed the event while Curtis Kennedy Films served as videographer. Additional rentals for the big day were offered by So Staged.
Ally + Nicolas Photography Kevin Wendt and his son August
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Loch and Wendt are on their honeymoon in the Bahamas.
“It will be the first time that we leave August,” reveals Loch. “So my mom is going to babysit him for five nights, about a week after the wedding. We’re really excited about our first childless vacation since he was born.”
After the honeymoon, the newlyweds are looking forward to giving married life a boost after having had “a very nice little year of training”. Loch says they plan to leave Toronto and move to the Canadian suburbs, where they can “establish our roots for the next five, 10 years at least.”
Said Loch, “Getting married and having people on the show and everything there, it’s nice to look back and reflect and think that such a small choice of the two of us choosing to do this show led to everything it led to.”
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