Iconic Wedding Dresses : Yoko Ono

Iconic Wedding Dresses : Yoko Ono

As Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell last week on what would have been John Lennon’s 71st birthday, I thought it was time we looked back at John’s own iconic wedding to Yoko Ono in 1969.

John married Tokyo-born Yoko Ono in Gibraltar on the 20th of March, 1969, just two days after Paul McCartney married his first wife Linda.

Yoko Ono’s Wedding Style

Yoko wore a simple cute crepe mini-dress, which even in the late ’60s was still seen as quite a controversial choice. She teamed her dress with white knee-high socks, a felt sunhat and oversized sunglasses, looking every inch a hippy ’60s bride. Not wanting to look too extravagant or wasteful, Yoko rather oddly wore white tennis shoes to the ceremony.

The Honeymoon Bed-in

Perhaps even better remembered than Yoko’s unusual wedding attire was the couple’s honeymoon that was to follow.

After the ceremony, John and Yoko retired to the presidential suite of the Hilton hotel in Amsterdam, where they promptly took to the large bed and stayed there while the world’s media gathered round to take pictures.

Their ‘bed-in’ lasted for seven days and was televised all around the world, with John and Yoko using their time in the spotlight to draw attention to the state of the world, advocating world peace.

The couple recorded The Wedding Album on their return to London, which immortalised their feelings at the time, and their favourite wedding photo was featured on the front cover.

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