Dreaming of any excuse to sport your wedding dress after you've said "I do"? Well, take note because one newlywed took bridal-outfit-repeating to the extreme, rewearing her Watters gown for a whole year in a whopping 33 countries. (So don't put your dress in storage yet!)
After Nick and Zoe Aust tied the knot in New Jersey on December 31, 2017, the pair quit their jobs, extended their honeymoon, and spent all of 2018 traveling the globe. Creating an Instagram page to document their adventures, @MarryMeInTravel, the bride also hatched the idea to experience each new, breathtaking backdrop while wearing something equally gorgeous.
"From the moment I bought my wedding dress, people hesitantly asked me to see it," Zoe explained via one of the account's posts. "Picking up on their nervousness I’d reply, 'I’m only wearing it for one day so might as well show everyone and get a little more out of it'....And then it clicked. Who says I can only wear this dress for one day? Why can’t I bring the dress that makes me feel the most beautiful to the most beautiful places around the world with us?"
The caption continued with a summary of the duo's goals. "We’re going everywhere we’ve ever wanted, doing things we’ve always wanted to do and we brought my dress along because... Why not? Life is short," the post read. "Go on that vacation. Wear your wedding dress again and again. Change your job. Move to a new place. Do whatever it is that makes you happy."
During their year-long voyage, Nick and Zoe managed to hit almost three dozen countries across Europe and the Middle East. From Bali to Florence to Cape Town to Mt. Everest (casual), the wedding-dress-clad bride posed for the most lust-worthy pictures in every locale.
"If you could wear your wedding dress again, where would it be? I couldn’t pick one place... so I chose them all 😏," the bride captioned another one of the Instagram page's earlier posts, which has gained the attention of over 27,000 followers.
The groom occasionally hopped in on the fun, too, donning his Boss maroon jacket from the wedding day.
As for the gown, Zoe turned to Watters's Ferrera number. According to the website, the beaded, fringed frock "personifies the spirit of a fun-loving bride with exquisite taste," which the travel-enthusiast bride certainly embodied. The wedding dress runs between $4,250 and $6,585, and can evidently hold its own after a bit of wear and tear and climate change.
"What Nick and Zoe did with Watters's Ferrera is a dream for us," Sydney Watters Dunbar, style director of the bridal line, said in a statement. "We are always inspired by our brides, but Nick and Zoe took this to a new level. We loved following their journey and seeing how they styled Ferrera, naturally highlighting the gown’s intricate beading and mesmerizing movement against the gorgeous backdrops each location had to offer. We are honored Zoe picked our dress for such a captivating adventure."
The proof is in the picture, brides—your bridal gown definitely deserves more than one day of use. Now, can we please make "sisterhood of the traveling wedding dress" a thing?