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Model Afiya Bennett Just Revealed Her Stunning Mermaid Wedding Gown — Here’s How to Get the Look for Less
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It’s model Afiya Bennett’s job to make everyday clothing look beautiful, so it’s no surprise that she — and her two gowns — made a gorgeous, lasting impression on guests at her recent wedding to model-actor Lloyd Dickerson. The extremely attractive bride and groom tied the knot back in December at The Palace at Somerset Park near their home in New Jersey and have been posting adorable photos to Instagram ever since.
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????????Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” You are all of these things and so much more and for that I say Thank you ???????? God knew what I needed to make my soul complete and it’s not a day that goes by that I don’t thank him for sending you to complete me, I Love You and I Wouldn’t want to do this thing called life with anyone else, I Love Your Mr. Dickenson ???? #HappyValentinesDay #LoveYourWife ❤️
You may recognize Bennett as supermodel Naomi Campbell’s protégé from “The Face,” a reality TV competition series about the modeling industry. Much like her famous mentor, the bride has exquisite taste, as displayed in both the “royal wedding vibe” of their event decor as well as her taste in wedding dresses. PEOPLE featured the reception dress, but the newlyweds are giving MyWedding a first look at her magnificent, custom-made ceremony gown, a mermaid wedding dress called the “Ms. Elle” by Galia Lahav Couture from the Le Secret Royal I collection. According to the designer, the dress is “inspired by the royal white peacock … Ms. Elle has a trumpet style silhouette, with embroidery cascading down the back skirt forming two scalloped wings.”
In addition to her regal gown, Bennett wore a Swarovski crystal hair comb, earrings and bracelets by the famed jeweler along with her breathtaking 3-carat infinity ring. Her bridal shoes were pointed mesh and satin by Badgley Mischka, with jeweled butterfly ornaments across the front.
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????????My Wedding Was Magic!!! A True Fairytale!! ???????????? Thank you to Everyone that Made My Dream Wedding Come true Dress: @galialahav Shoes: @badgleymischka Hair: @modimel_salon Makeup: @ashleyjayluvv Pictures: @_travc Video: @creator_trigger Wedding planner: @jarenagriffin Bridal Hair and MakeupTeam: @aleethaclanton
Bennett took a creative route when it came to her “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” lucky wedding day items.
“My something old was the nightgown my mom wore on her wedding day; my something borrowed was the song I walked down the aisle to, which was the same song as my mom on her wedding day 30 years ago (‘Here and Now’ by Luther Vandross); my something new was the broom that we jumped during the wedding ceremony, and something blue was the party favors,” she tells MyWedding.
But let’s get back to that dress: In the bride’s own words, “Wearing a wedding gown is a personal experience, whereas walking a runway [in] a designer dress is a part of my job. They are two very different experiences and areas of passion in my life. Walking the runway is a symbol of the love I have for my job; my wedding dress is a symbol of the love I have for my husband … I wanted to feel like a sexy Cinderella. I wanted to have a dress that was flattering to my figure, but also gave a sense of fairytale at the bottom.”
Fairytale achieved, clearly! If you, too, are searching for a mermaid wedding dress, we’ve selected seven affordable looks to shop online for much less than an haute couture gown costs. (Note: Mermaid and trumpet styles are similar but technically not interchangeable; the flare on the latter style starts higher on the leg.)
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