Fitness influencer and Keep It Cleaner co-founder, Steph Claire Smith married her long-time love Josh Miller late last year in an Insta-worthy ceremony in country Victoria.
This week 25-year-old Steph Claire Smith opened up to Marie Claire magazine about how she prepared for her wedding day, telling the publication: “Planning a wedding is stressful so it’s really important you look after yourself in the process.”
“Eating well and keeping an exercise routine, even if it’s a walk every day to keep your body moving will help clear your mind,” says Steph.
“The most important thing to remember is to do your best to ignore the pressure society puts on you as a bride-to-be on any type of diet or weight loss plan. If you’re happy with the way you look – and you damn well should be – don’t let anyone else make you think otherwise.”
Ahead of her wedding day, Steph admitted: “My diet and fitness routine didn’t change much at all really in the lead-up. I love being in routine and feeling fit and healthy, so I just kept up with my usual routine. I will admit though we had a super busy year with work, so planning a wedding on the side did get stressful at times.”
After becoming engaged on November 23, 2018, Steph and Josh set their wedding date exactly one year from that day, and chose Josh’s family’s Murray River property for their wedding venue.
In keeping with the farm’s earth-toned colour palette, their wedding theme featured warm neutrals, with their reception marquee bedecked with feather-like, white-painted palm fronds, native shrubbery and beaded chandelier-like light fixtures.
Subtle-toned roses, peonies and orchids adorned the reception tables.
The couple even asked their guests to adhere to the blush, peach and neutral tones in the dress code.
Not long after the happy pair tied the knot, Steph was forced to, of all things, defend her choice of wedding gown.
After receiving some less than complimentary comments on her Instagram feed (including comments such as “plain ugly” and “attention seeking”) about her choice of dress – a two-piece outfit by Australian label One Day Bridal – Steph hit back at the cruel remarks during a segment on the Shameless podcast.
“I don’t care that it’s not everyone’s choice. Your wedding dress doesn’t need to be everyone’s choice,” Steph said.
“I’m constantly wearing my sports bra with my leggings and without my top on. That’s my style… [The dress] was still classic and tied back to my personality, I loved that.”
For the reception, Smith changed into a more comfortable dress, also designed by One Day Bridal. A white silk slip dress complete with midsection-baring cutout, and also kicked off her bridal shoes in favour of Common Projects sneakers.
Images: Steph Claire Smith via Instagram