Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski will soon be Mrs. Todd Kapostasy. Friends and family joined the happy couple to celebrate their engagement on Saturday, May 21. The celebration took place at the elegant Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel in California. Wedding Paper Divas hosted the event, while wedding planner to the stars, Mindy Weiss, planned every polished detail. The Knot caught up with the 33-year-old bride-to-be post-engagement party ahead of her 2017 wedding.
Lipinski looked stunning in a lacy, white mini dress with a detachable full skirt designed by Mark Zunino. “I thought I would wear a simple white dress until Mindy introduced me to him,” the bride-to-be said of the designer. “He is a genius. I couldn’t decide between a sleek more fitted silhouette or a fuller princess-like skirt. Mark said, ‘No problem.’ He made a dress with a detachable skirt, so I had the best of both worlds.”
The soon-to-be bride shared that she and her future husband had been anticipating the evening for weeks. They were excited from the moment they woke up on the morning of the engagement party. “My makeup artist and close friend Nia Hicks got me hair and makeup ready for the big night,” Lipinski shared. “From the moment we walked in and saw the venue for the first time, we were blown away. It was stunning. We had friends and family fly in from all over the country, so we just wanted everyone to have a good time. It was a bit overwhelming having a room full of people you love, and you want to make time to talk to every single person there.”
Guests included Lipinski’s fellow Olympic figure skater friend, Johnny Weir. The talented duo showed off their dance moves after Lipinski ditched her detachable skirt. “Todd and I made our rounds to say hello to everyone. The food was delicious and the drinks were flowing,” Lipinski recalled. “After dinner, the music started and the dance floor was the place to be the rest of the night. Johnny and I did a little choreographed dance, and then it got a little rowdy as Todd (and several of his friends) ended up splitting their pants. The music was THAT good! It was a great night with close friends and family and a great view.”
“I travel so much; I have friends from all over the country,” Lipinski told The Knot, “and Todd is from Cleveland, so his family and several of his friends were coming from Ohio. Both of our families were there together. It meant so much to us that everyone traveled so far and were able to be there.”
The engagement party the couple anticipated turned out to be a success. “I was dancing with all of my friends and family and at one point, I took a step back and just looked around and saw everyone was having such a great time. That was by far my favorite moment and one I will never forget,” the soon-to-be bride recalled.
Lipinski and Kapostasy chose white and gold as their central colors. The invitations, which were created by Wedding Paper Divas, featured a painting that Kapostasy commissioned of himself proposing to his Olympian girlfriend. The image was also used to create decorative serving trays by Shutterfly. “Obviously Wedding Paper Divas was such a big help in making sure we had personal touches like including our couple nickname, ‘TNT,'” Lipinski explained.
Although the engagement party oozed sophistication, fun elements were infused into the event. A photo booth included a faux Olympic gold medal and an Emmy award as props. Lipinski and Kapostasy met in 2015 when the figure skater handed sports producer Kapostasy a Sports Emmy onstage. The photo booth props were perfect, symbolizing an important part of the couple’s story.
The happy pair was thoroughly impressed with their wedding planner’s expertise. “Mindy will be planning my wedding as well!” Lipinski shared with us. “Having Mindy and Wedding Paper Divas involved with their incredible ideas and experience has made the process so far really enjoyable. It seems like any idea I have, Mindy can make it happen.”
For couples who are interested in creating a similar event, Weiss has some tips to pull-off an elegant celebration. “You can keep it simple, but not sparse,” she explained. “If you have a great venue, accent what you have instead of going overboard with decor and taking away from the natural beauty of the space.”
“Don’t forget about the details,” Weiss continued. “Personal touches and small details will make the most minimal decor come to life without breaking the bank.”
“Let your personalities shine. Use menu items, favors, photo booth props and more to share [personality] help your guests get into the spirit and celebrate YOU!” the wedding planner concluded.
Lipinski and Kapostasy are taking a breather before plunging into wedding planning. The Olympian will be heading to Rio for the Summer Olympics in August. As far as the wedding, “We are shooting for some time next year,” she told us.
And it’s not all about the wedding for Lipinski. She is enjoying the journey. “The biggest surprise has been how different it feels [to be engaged], and it is much more exciting than I ever thought it would be. We are not just planning our wedding but our future together, and it has started to sink in that we are going to spend forever together.”
The best part of all? The bride-to-be is absolutely smitten with her soon-to-be husband. “The thing I love most about Todd is his creativity and he is very romantic,” Lipinski told The Knot. “Like any girl, I love those special moments and surprises he always seems to come up with.”