XOXO by The Knot
Welcome to 'XOXO by The Knot'
Exploring love in real life. A modern look at love, marriage, and relationships. We’re connecting with real couples from all walks, ages and eras, sharing their love stories: their struggles, strengths, trials and triumphs. This is XOXO by The Knot.
Hunter McGrady & Brian Keys
Season 1, Ep. 17
Hunter McGrady and Brian Keys married on June 16, 2019. You can spot Hunter McGrady, model and body positive activist, on the cover of the latest issue of The Knot Magazine, which hits newsstands July 29, 2019. Brian was introduced to Hunter through her Snapchat account—by another woman who he was on a first date with at the time! Brian didn't go on a second date with that particular lady, but, months later, he did boldly slide into Hunter’s DMs. Brian got a sense of Hunter's humor and personality through her engaging and fun Snapchat stories. Hunter got to know Brian through a long series of direct messages, eventually becoming Facebook friends before they met IRL while she was visiting New York City on a work assignment. The duo finally met up in person after months of digital correspondence. They experienced a strong initial connection, so much so that their first date ended up lasting three days. A few months of dating convinced Hunter to move to NYC so her and Brian could be together in the same place. A few years later, and now Hunter and Brian are happily married. They recently hosted a stunning wedding celebration in Southern California where they put their own spin on conventional traditions including Hunter's wedding fashion, which was custom made for her style and body, their vows, and Hunter's first dance with her father. Tune in to find out what they did to create a celebration that was uniquely their own, reflecting their personalities, style and personal values. On today’s episode, the newlyweds take us through their love story and wedding planning journey, and Hunter shares empowering advice for loving the body you're in. You'll also get a sneak preview of what's available in The Knot Fall 2019 Fashion Issue, our most inclusive fashion issue to date, featuring Hunter McGrady as a guest editor. This is their story.(Photo courtesy of Jenny Quicksall Photography)
Sydnee Goodman & Alex Rubens
Season 1, Ep. 16
Sydnee Goodman & Alex Rubens married on June 2, 2018 at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. These avid gamers hosted an incredible, vibrant celebration that truly reflected their personalities, love story and love for video games. Their story began at a Call of Duty Tournament, leading to a first date filled with ping pong, arcade games and savory bites. In the early days of their relationship Sydnee and Alex overcame distance, eventually settling down in Los Angeles, California, where they still continue to call home. Their shared passion for video games and their gaming community has fostered a relationship and newlywed life filled with fun, friendly competition and creativity. On planning their wedding Sydnee shares, "I was determined to make the wedding as much about us as possible, and we met through our passion for games." While their celebration was a perfect reflection of who they are and what they value, their wedding planning journey started off with another direction. On the episode today Sydnee and Alex recount how they had to pump the brakes, reevaluate and then fully create a celebration and a life that truly reflected who they were. This is their story.(Photo courtesy of Ivy Reynolds/The Gold Collective)
Shireen & Matheus Botura
Season 1, Ep. 15
Shireen Gorgin Botura and Matheus "Matt" Botura married on May 11, 2017 in a small town on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. These college sweethearts immediately hit it off after meeting at their campus library where they were both "studying" for final exams. Shortly after meeting, Shireen left to study abroad in Austria, but no distance could keep the two apart. Bonded by a love for travel, new cultures and adventure, the duo spent the next seven years exploring the world together including two years of navigating post-grad life working and living in China. After getting engaged these travel lovers wanted to share their love of new cultures with their friends and family at a destination wedding hosted in Italy, not knowing they'd soon call the country their home. Their wedding fully celebrated the culture and customs of their Italian host city. On today’s episode, Shireen and Matt connect with us from their new home in Milan, Italy to share the challenges and excitement of planning a destination wedding, living and working abroad, and tips for navigating marriage around the globe. This is their story.(Photo courtesy of Paolo Castagnedi)