Margot Robbie Wore Her Mother's Wedding Dress to Marry Tom Ackerley

It turns out that the actress' off-the-shoulder wedding dress has a surprising backstory

Updated 12/22/16

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Margot Robbie has tied the knot down under — and did so in a wedding dress that would make every bohemian bride cry tears of jealousy. Because, as it turns out, her boho wedding dress is totally one of a kind! And no, it's not some elite designer's custom creation for the mega movie star. It's the mother-of-the-bride's very own bridal frock! Robbie actually wore her mother's old wedding dress for her own walk down the aisle.

The actress pulled off what could be the last secret celebrity wedding of the year last weekend after marrying her sweetheart, Tom Ackerley, at an ultra-private ceremony in her native Australia. Way to give us some serious wedding whiplash, Margot! Girlfriend didn't even mention that she was engaged to her British beau, but alas, Robbie has gone straight from a single lady to a married woman (seemingly skipping that whole bride-to-be thing in the public eye), with only a badass ring selfie to confirm the exciting news.

As for the intimate details, Woman's Day reports that the mega star and her now-hubby tied the knot this past weekend on Australia's gorgeous Gold Coast. "The Gold Coast was somewhere she always wanted to get married, given it's where she was raised as a kid, on her grandparents' farm," a source revealed to the gossip mag. "Tom initially wanted to get married in the UK, but he knows how much it means to Margot to tie the knot on home soil and how special it is for her, so he didn't put up much of a fight."

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While no official photographs from the wedding have been released yet, News.com.au published some photos, giving us a covert glimpse of her stunning wedding dress. Robbie opted for an off-the-shoulder, bohemian-style wedding dress for her Australian big day. The gown appears to be A-line, with a simple ribbon defining the waistline beneath a ruffled neckline. In the shot, Robbie is wearing her hair in loose curls around her face, keeping things slightly modern with no veil. However, we just learned that the frock itself is practically vintage — at 30-years-old!

The Courier-Mail reports that Robbie's ruffled off-the-shoulder dress is a hand-me-down from her mother, Sarie Kessler, who wore the frock for her own nuptials decades before. However, Robbie mildly modernized the look with the help of Australian designer Casey Tanswell. The bride recruited Tanswell to change the gown's lining and alter the dress to perfectly fit her just days before the wedding. Talk about last minute! (We're sweating just thinking about it...)

"[Tanswell] had been approached by a friend to do the alterations," a source shared with the publication. "She didn't know it was Margot until she turned up at her home for the fitting." Not a bad surprise, eh?

As for the time of year, it seems that opting to be a holiday bride was a very purposeful move. "They decided to marry around Christmas so they could spend time with both their families afterwards, which they've never done before," the source told Woman's Day, explaining how the newlyweds had sworn all of their guests to secrecy in order to pull off the confidential nuptials.

The paparazzi also managed to snap a pic of Robbie arriving in Australia last week, toting a tee that read, "Say 'I Do' Down Under," at the airport.

Officially kicking ourselves for not seeing the signs...

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