By Erika Harwood. Photos: Getty Images, Courtesy of Instagram.
In honor of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s ninth wedding anniversary on April 4, Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Lawson, shared a never-before-seen photo of the couple walking down the aisle on their wedding day, giving fans their best look yet at the singer’s gown. Lawson posted the photo on Instagram saying, “9 years already??? Congratulations to the Carters on their Anniversary (that’s my arm fixing the dress lol).” The font on the picture, which reads “2008, Wedding” is similar, if not the same, as the one used on Beyoncé’s Web site, causing members of the Beyhive to believe that this is one of many personal photos from the day that she’ll soon release.
Beyoncé enlisted the help of Lawson, a fashion designer who’s helped create a number of the singer’s costumes and red-carpet dresses, to design the billowing white gown. She wasn’t entirely thrilled with the end result, though. “She was so sweet to let me do that,” Lawson said during a 2016 interview on Today. “She came back later one day and she said, ‘You know, when my daughter gets married, I’m going to let her pick out her own dress.’ Maybe she wasn’t so excited about it at the time, but she’s a sweetheart.”
The couple kept most of the details of the 2008 ceremony private until they included some of the video footage in their joint “On the Run” tour in 2014. Beyoncé did, however, tease her wedding dress in her 2011 music video for “I Was Here,” showing a few brief moments of her wearing it.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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