Exclusive: Pentatonix's Kirstin Maldonado Dives Into the Details of Her Wedding Team & Vision

"It was the best day of our lives."
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Sarah Hanlon
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Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated May 10, 2024

Talk about hitting the right notes. On April 21, 2024, Pentatonix singer Kirstin Maldonado married Ben Hausdorff in McKinney, Texas. The romantic nuptials took place at D'Vine Grace Vineyard in front of 175 guests, including Maldonado's bandmates Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.

The couple's love story began when Maldonado met Hausdorff, a videographer and director, while she was on tour with Pentatonix in 2018. After welcoming their daughter, Elliana, in June 2022, Hausdorff proposed the following winter—and they wasted no time bringing their dream wedding to life. Fresh off their Tahiti honeymoon, we caught up with the newlyweds about their wedding planning journey, including the top tips they want other couples to know and their favorite memories from the day.

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Kirstin Maldonado's Wedding Photos & Details

The Venue

The very first wedding planning task Kirstin Maldonado and Ben Hausdorff completed was booking their venue. Although they currently reside in California, the couple knew they wanted to exchange vows in Texas so the bride's 97-year-old grandmother could attend.

"We were looking for something spacious, with a serene, Southern California feel," Hausdorff recalls. After touring a handful of properties in the Dallas area that didn't feel like the perfect fit, they fell in love with D'Vine Grace Vineyard, a Tuscan-inspired winery perched on a private estate in North Texas. "As soon as we got there, we knew there was something different about it," he says. Adds Maldonado: "This felt like a little mini SoCal oasis in Texas."

The Vibe

Although the rustic, architectural setting provided plenty of natural charm, Maldonado had a clear vision for their wedding vibe. "We wanted something classic and beautiful, but we didn't want it to be too crisp," she explains. "We wanted a little bit of extra color since it was in the spring."

A self-proclaimed fan of "cute events and themed parties," the bride already had a wedding Pinterest board—so she transferred all of her ideas to a PowerPoint presentation, which she shared with her planner, Orange Blossom Events, and her florist, Bows and Arrows Flowers. "They took all the inspiration and reference photos and outdid themselves," Maldonado says. "When we walked in [to see it for the first time], we were speechless."

One of the key elements of the aesthetic was the floral design, which the couple wanted to look like a "sculptural" garden. "I told [our florist] that I wanted it to be neutral, but almost as if golden hour light was touching the flowers—like sunshine coming in through a window," she explains. "They made it so beautiful."

The Fashion

In keeping with the romantic aesthetic, the bride found her dream wedding dress at Jaxon James Couture Bridal. At the encouragement of her consultant, she tried on a corseted lace Kim Kassas gown, which she says gave her Vivienne Westwood vibes. "My mom and best friend were shopping with me, and when I walked out in that dress we were all like, 'This is it. This is the one.'"

While Hausdorff opted for a classic black tux with a white bow tie, the couple's daughter matched her mom in a white lace dress of her own. "She was the best little bridal flower girl cupcake," Maldonado smiles.

The Ceremony

Before the wedding festivities kicked off, the spouses-to-be enjoyed a few quiet minutes alone with a first look. "Originally we wanted to have the full moment walking down the aisle, but I'm so glad we did the first look," Maldonado says. "Among the chaos of getting ready, being together and having that time was super special."

As the ceremony began, Elliana wowed the crowd with her flower girl entrance—a moment Hausdorff recalls as one of his favorites. "She was a little ham," he says with a laugh. "She had on this big smile as if to say, 'I'm gonna eat this up.'"

Of course, that only paved the way for an equally grand entrance made by the bride. "Seeing her come down the aisle was amazing because everything led to that moment," Hausdorff says.

The Party

As you might expect, Kirstin Maldonado's wedding reception was full of singing, dancing, and more singing. Although Pentatonix didn't take the stage for a performance ("I didn't want to work!" she says), the couple did keep the dance floor full with a combination of DJ and band entertainment services by Drywater Band. "They blew us away with their energy," Maldonado says.

One of the couple's favorite memories was their first dance, which was set to a live performance by Sleeping At Last. "That was the moment where everything settled into place," she reflects. "I thought, 'Wow, here we are. It's so beautiful, and we're surrounded by all our favorite people in this beautiful space that we had been dreaming up.'"

Despite a few musical snafus throughout the day, the couple didn't let it dampen the fun—and they urge other couples to maintain the same perspective. "This can be the best day of your life if you allow it to be," Hausdorff says. Adds Maldonado: "Prioritize what matters the most to you, because you can't control every single detail."

It's for this reason, they say, that enlisting the help of a great vendor team is an essential part of the planning process. "We were very lucky to have vendors that we really trusted," she reflects. "We wanted to let go and enjoy as much as possible." Now that the day has come and gone, the newlyweds are unanimous in their takeaway: "It was the best day of our lives," they say. "We just wish it lasted longer!"

Kirstin Maldonado's Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue: D'Vine Grace Vineyard; Photographer: Duey Photo; Videographer: 31 Films; Planner: Orange Blossom Events; Florist: Bows and Arrows Flowers; Stationer: Sakshi Karambelkar; Wedding Dress: Kim Kassas Couture via Jaxon James Couture Bridal; Makeup: Anthony Hnguyen; Hair: Sami Knight; Entertainment: The Drywater Band, Sleeping At Last; Rentals: Bella Acento, P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals, Marquee Event Rentals; Wedding Cake: Fancy Cakes By Lauren; Fireworks: Illumination Fireworks

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