Simone Biles Is Officially Married! Inside Her Final Dress Fitting at Galia Lahav
Tonight, gymnast and seven-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles married Houston Texans safety Jonathan Owens in Cabo, Mexico in front of 144 guests. The sports world power couple first officially said “I do” last month in a civil ceremony at the Harris County Courthouse in Houston, Texas. “We had to get married ‘legally’ here in the U.S. since our wedding will be a destination wedding,” the most decorated gymnast in history explained to a fan. In subsequent posts on Instagram, she went on to reveal that a larger celebration was to follow.
Simone and Jonathan first met on the celebrity dating app Raya in 2020 when the gold medalist made the first move, sliding into his DMs. Their relationship became more serious when Simone’s sister invited Jonathan to join them on a family trip to their lake house. After that, Simone and Jonathan began spending more and more time together. The football player has said that when they first met, he wasn’t familiar with her stardom—which Simone has revealed as one of the things that drew her to him most. The fact that they connected at the beginning of the pandemic meant that for once in Simone’s busy working life, she was in the same place for a prolonged period, giving them both the time and space for their courtship to unfold—which eventually led to a Valentine’s Day proposal in 2022.
But before the big wedding in Cabo (and the city hall ceremony to make things official) Vogue caught up with Simone at the Galia Lahav atelier in downtown New York to capture her final wedding dress fitting. “I found my dress in the DMs, [and] I found my future husband in the DMs!” Simone jokes.
Head designer Sharon Sever greets her at the door and designer Galia Lahav herself gives the Olympian a big hug upon entering the atelier. The excitement is palpable. “I can’t believe the day has come that I get to try on my official wedding dress!” Simone exclaims.
The bride-to-be is quick to explain that the dress she ultimately chose has many design elements that she actually never initially envisioned for herself, but that she couldn’t be happier with the end result. “When I started dress shopping, I was like if I get married it has to be a Galia Lahav,” she says. “And so once I looked at the dresses I was like this is definitely my style. I like the sheer, I like how it fits, and then the little pearl details, I love the pearls. If there’s something else I wanted at my wedding, it’s flowers and pearls.”
Initially, Simone was nervous about the ballgown silhouette due to her small size, but the Galia Lahav team was quick to fill her in on a little secret: A ballgown silhouette paired with a corseted bodice and a high slit can actually be very lengthening. “I was nervous about having a ball gown because I’m so petite—but it works perfect,” she says. “The leg slit was very crucial. It was to add, in my head, more length to my body. I think this is exactly how brides are supposed to feel–luxurious, beautiful, kind of on top of the world.”
After FaceTiming her sister so she can see the dress, Simone debates taking the slit up a bit more. “The higher [the slit], the sexier…and the taller I look,” she says with a sly grin before practicing her bridal walk. “This is probably the most nervous I’ll be… making this life-changing walk,” she admits. “It’s like everything you’ve hoped and dreamed of.” And with that, Sharon pops a bottle of champagne—and Simone and the Galia Lahav team toast that the greatest of all time has found the one.
Originally Appeared on Vogue
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