How Boris wed: we bring you the lowdown on the PM’s super-secret snap wedding


After the Prime Minister and his fiancee Carrie Symonds tied the knot in a secret Bank Holiday weekend ceremony at Westminster Cathedral, we look at the wedding dress everyone is talking about – and how you can get the look.

Surprise images of Boris and Carrie’s secret wedding hit the media on the morning of Sunday May 30 and since then social media has been alive with excitement over THAT dress.

Number 10 confirmed the couple tied the knot in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday May 29 and the photo was taken in the garden of 10 Downing Street afterwards, with the first look at the dress – a tiered boho-esque gown with lace trims and floral embroidery.

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The floral appliques and hippyish style are a signature look of Greek atelier Christos Costarellos, who uses influences of traditional Greek patterns and mythology in his designs.

The unusual dress featured a high, round neck, with full-length bell sleeves and lattice-work on the arms, waist and running down the bodice.

Retailing for $3,670 on Net-a-Porter, the dress is described as designed for the woman who is “not afraid to shine” and is made of ivory tulle spun with silk.

Carrie teamed the flowing gown with a flower garland of white roses, lily of the valley and daisies, keeping her hair loose and lightly curled. Jewellery was minimal with just gold rings on her ring finger and index finger.

The couple opted for an afternoon ceremony, with a spokesperson confirming they will celebrate their nuptials with friends and family next summer and will also wait until summer 2022 to go on honeymoon.

Boris’s father Stanley and Sister Julia were among the guests at the ceremony, which was attended by 30 guests who received their invitations at the last minute.

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The Sun reported that police mounted a massive security operation around the gathering, and witnesses told how Westminster Cathedral went into lockdown at around 1.30pm. Carrie is reported to have arrived by limo at the piazza by the main west door and stepped out wearing her flowing white dress, but no veil.

The Prime Minister and his bride walked down the aisle of the tiny Lady Chapel in the Cathedral and kissed after exchanging vows. The ceremony was carried out by Father Daniel Humphreys, who baptised Wilfred last year.

Shortly before the wedding, Carrie shared a picture on Instagram of Wilfred in a field of bluebells – possibly a nod to the practice of ‘something blue’.

One member of staff at the Cathedral is reported by the Sun as saying: “He was extremely happy, as you can imagine. He looked very smart in a very dapper suit.

“She came down the aisle and he didn’t take his eyes off her. They read their vows, then shared a kiss. They looked besotted.”

The couple celebrated in the garden of 10 Downing Street later and the couple are said to have danced to Don McLean’s American Pie.

This is Boris’s third time up the aisle – he married Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987 but their marriage was annulled in 1993, the same year he married Marina Wheeler. 

The couple had four children but separated in 2018 and divorced weeks before news emerged of Boris’s engagement to Carrie.

The pair became engaged in 2019 and welcomed the birth of their son Wilfrid in April 2020 during the first coronavirus lockdown.

The only other PM to marry in office was Lord Liverpool who tied the knot with Mary Chester in 1822 after his first wife Louisa died the previous year.

Get the look

Carrie’s beautiful £2,870 gown by Greek luxury designer Christos Costarellos is a laid-back boho style dress with tiers and bell sleeves, with the floral appliques that are a signature look of the designer.

The high-necked style and prominent sleeves are a distinctive trend on the wedding gown catwalks this season, with brides moving away from the traditional forms for a more relaxed style.

We’ve scoured the stores for something in a similar style that could inspire your big look. 

We love this Ronald Joyce gown (69580) with its distinctive leafy lacework and hopelessly romantic sleeves – available from  McElhinney’s of Ballybofey.

This gorgeous fitted gown with its lace sleeves by Aire Barcelona (TBCNI 124) will certainly turn heads and is available from The Bridal Company.

Get Carrie’s demure look with this round-necked style and lace sleeves – the Anglet dress by Wendy Makin from Divinity Bridal.

And we adore this vintage look from Australian bridal couture label Martina Liana (bottom left) with its romantic draped lace sleeves and beautiful fishtail style. Available from Romantique Bridal.

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