Inside Carrie Symonds’ top secret wedding prep – including three decoy dresses

Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses with his new wife Carrie Johnson in the garden of 10 Downing Street, following their wedding at Westminster Cathedral

Photo by Rebecca Fulton / Downing Street via Getty Images

She’s long been an ardent eco-warrior, so it’s no surprise that Carrie Symonds opted for an environmentally friendly choice when it came to her bridal outfit. The 33-year-old, who married Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday afternoon, reportedly opted to rent her wedding dress – plus a further three decoy dresses to keep the proceedings firmly under wraps.

According to the Times, Carrie selected the dresses from a designer fashion rental platform, My Wardrobe HQ. The couple’s small-scale, Covid-safe wedding took place at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 29 May, with Carrie ultimately choosing to wear a summery ivory tulle and silk dress by Greek designer Christos Costarellos. She completed the whimsical look with a flower garland, and wore her long blonde hair flowing loose.

Featuring pretty lattice cut-outs and hand-cut ‘Kopaneli’ corded lace appliqué flowers (woven based on traditional Greek patterns), the dress is from the brand’s exclusive bridal capsule collection. It typically retails at £2,870, but reportedly cost just £45 to rent, with Carrie having returned the dress today.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds attending the Commonwealth Day Service 2020

Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImag

The PM’s new bride is said to have ordered four dresses in a number of shades to their Downing Street home, so as not to give any indication about their impending nuptials. Even My Wardrobe HQ only became aware of what the Christos Costarellos gown was intended for when an image of the newlyweds was released to the public on Sunday. Co-founder and CEO Sacha Newall told the Times: ‘We didn’t know what it was for. We were just asked to supply some items. Then we saw what happened this weekend. It was all a bit of a surprise.’

It’s not the first time Carrie has gone down the rental route, rather than buying a new dress to be worn for only one occasion. She also hired a dress back in 2019 to meet the Queen at Balmoral, while accompanying her now-husband on a two-day visit to the monarch’s Scottish residence. Plus one of her most memorable outfits, the pink Ghost dress she wore when she was first photographed with the PM on the steps of Downing Street, was also sourced from My Wardrobe HQ.

Newall further speculated that Carrie will be giving careful consideration to her fashion choices in light of her new marital status, adding: ‘There is an awareness that as the Prime Minister’s wife she needs to be dressed in a certain way… She doesn’t want to feel that she is letting the side down.’

Having now officially made the transition from First Fiancée to PM’s wife, Carrie marked the shift with a significant change to her social media profiles. Her maiden name has now been replaced on both her private Instagram and public Twitter accounts, with her handles now reading ‘carrielbjohnson’.

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