The singer, who now goes by “kirstin” professionally, released her debut EP L O V E in July and is working on her next project: her wedding. But the mezzo-soprano reveals she wasn’t the type who’s been dreaming of her big day since she was a little girl.
“I never planned out my wedding,” the 25-year-old tells PEOPLE. “My mom and dad weren’t together, so I never thought I would get married. I thought I would move to New York and be on Broadway; that was my goal. I was very work-focused. But I found love!”
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“It’s coming up very quickly. My fiancé and I are both, respectively, busy with our work, and we’ve had a longer engagement, so it’s just crazy that it’s happening soon,” she says. “I’m excited.”
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Now, they’re nearly ready to tie the knot this fall — well, with a little help.
“At first, I had nothing planned out, which is why I wanted a wedding planner — because I had no idea about anything. I also like a bunch of different things and need someone to reel me in,” she says. “I need someone to focus me.”
So how is the planning going?
“I have a dress. We have a location. We have the bridesmaid dresses. All the decisions are starting to come. We’re able to see them visually — so now I’m able to get a better sense of what is happening,” Maldonado says. “Until you nail the dress or the colors, you’re like, ‘What’s happening?'”
And when she’s not in the recording studio or prepping for her wedding, the singer is a proud homebody.
“We bought a house last year and I feel like just because I travel so much. My poor fiancé is always like ‘Let’s go somewhere!’ and I’m like, ‘I wanna stay home’ — because now we own one and we’re renovating it and making it a home home,” Maldonado says. “Adulting is hard.”