Dressed to perfection! When Carli Lloyd and high school sweetheart Brian Hollins began planning their destination wedding, the bride knew she wanted to dance freely at the reception. The Olympian’s dress designer, Matthew Christopher, suggested she change into a separate gown after the ceremony, which resulted in an outfit swap. Here, The Knot has all the exclusive details straight from the bride and the couture designer.
Lloyd and Christopher first connected at the 2015 ESPY Awards after the soccer star and her teammates from the United States Women’s National Team won the World Cup in early July. The professional soccer player was introduced to the designer, and soon after, Christopher and his design team helped Lloyd find the perfect gown.
According to Christopher, Lloyd knew exactly what she wanted, and had her eye on two designs in particular: the Emma and the Isabel.
“She tried on a few, but she knew that the Isabel was her dress,” Christopher tells The Knot. “Girls sometimes gravitate and they know, right? Think about what she does (for a living). She has to be calculated and direct and on it, so she wasn’t all over the place. She knew by looking at it—and she’s got a great figure.”
After Lloyd chose her first gown, the designer came up with a brilliant suggestion. “We said, ‘Hey, do you wanna do something for a second gown? I think this is a great idea, because you’re in Mexico. It’ll be easier,’” he recalls.
Lloyd was immediately on board.
Christopher, meanwhile, knew the athlete would look amazing in a short version of his Kennedy gown. “I was like, ‘I know the perfect dress for her,’” he recalls to The Knot, “and that’s how we came up with it. She was like, ‘I love it!’”
During her wedding, which took place at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa in Puerto Morelos, Lloyd wanted to be able to show off both dresses.
“I wanted to spend time at the reception in my wedding dress, but I also wanted to swap it with my fun one!” the newlywed notes. “It was so fun to come down in that dress. It was super sexy and comfortable, and Brian loved it!”
Los Angeles-based makeup artist/hair stylist, Yukiko Kinkel, worked with Lloyd’s natural beauty on her wedding day. “I don’t like a lot of makeup and still wanted the more natural beauty look, so that’s what we went for,” the athlete shares. “I wanted my hair to be a side part, loose with curls and off to the side.”
Christopher helped the bride pick accessories to go with her duo of dresses. Lloyd wore earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet by Haute Bride in Los Gatos, California. She donned a cathedral-length veil designed by Christopher to match her first dress.
After planning from afar, Lloyd and Hollins’ wedding day was picture-perfect. “This was the best day of our lives,” she gushes. “I have never felt any happier than this moment.”
Now that she’s officially married, Lloyd is settling in with her husband, whom she’s been with for 16 years. “I love the person he is and has become,” she concludes to The Knot. “Even after 16 years of being together, I fell more in love with him on our wedding day.”