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'She surprised everyone': Cheryl's wedding dress designers on black bridal gown

July 23, 2014
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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and her husband Jean-Bernard celebrated their recent marriage with friends and family at a private party in London. The newlyweds, who tied the knot during a romantic beach ceremony on the island of Mustique earlier this month, coordinated at their wedding party in black, with Cheryl sporting a design by British couture duo Ralph & Russo. Cheryl is said to have expressed interest in the gown in January, requesting to wear it for Cannes Film Festival but it was unavailable.

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Cheryl surprised fans with her black wedding gown

Speaking about creating the gown for the blushing bride, the pair told Vogue, "This gown was perfect for Cheryl on her special day. "The play on fabrics and simple silhouette is what really makes this gown so striking. The sumptuous, rich velvet and duchess silk bodice contrasted with a delicate, sheer silk-chiffon skirt brought an element of fun to the overall look whilst still being romantic. "Cheryl's choice of black for a wedding celebration was so unexpected but I love the fact that she surprised everyone."

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The happy couple celebrated their wedding with a private party

Cheryl paired the stunning gown with a simple black python clutch, strappy sandals, slicked-back hair and red lips. The new Mr and Mrs Fernandez-Versini were joined by a number of high profile names at their party, which seemed to have a colour theme of monochrome. Cheryl's Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts attended, and Cheryl was excited to be joined by the ladies on her special night. She tweeted: "@NicolaRoberts @KimberleyJWalsh @FrankieRoberts8 I love you more than you can imagine !!" Nicola looked stylish in a black-and-white mermaid gown with button detail while Kimberley – who was escorted by her partner Justin Scott - showed off her cute baby bump in a black jumpsuit. Other guests included Rochelle and Marvin Humes, and joining the celebrity contingint was Cheryl's mum Joan Callaghan. Joan was one of the four guests present when Cheryl and Jean-Bernard said "I do" during a romantic beach ceremony on the island of Mustique. The others were the Geordie beauty's brother Gary, her PA Lily England and Jean-Bernard's best friend Benjamin Bran. Bishop Devom Ollivierre, who officiated, told newspapers: "They seemed very in love. The atmosphere was incredibly captivating." One of her closest friends told HELLO! magazine: "Cheryl is incredibly happy, she genuinely iscrazy in love with JB."

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