That Time Sarah Jessica Parker Was the Bride Who Wore Black

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Sure, we all know that Carrie Bradshaw married John James Preston in a sweet vintage label-less suit at a demure courthouse ceremony. And, of course, we all know Carrie Bradshaw also got stood up at the altar (or the New York Public Library) by John James Preston in a gargantuan Vivienne Westwood gown topped off with a blue bird headpiece. But what did Sarah Jessica Parker wear to marry Matthew Broderick? With her iconic Sex and the City character often trumping her own persona, SJP's wedding to Matthew Broderick doesn't get its deserved dues and attention. Lucky for you, we're here to fix that!

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick made it official on May 19, 1997. Like many celebrities before and since them, the couple sprung a surprise wedding on un-assuming guests, inviting friends to New York for what they thought was a party. 100 guests gathered at New York's Angel Oresanz Synagogue to watch Ferris Bueller marry Carrie Bradshaw (ok, she wasn't Carrie Bradshaw quite yet, but a year later things would change for SJP).

Broderick and Parker are no strangers to Broadway, so, naturally, a reception full of show tunes set the tone for a party that continued until 2 a.m.

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But, before she was a fashion maven, Sarah Jessica Parker was just a girl trying to escape media attention by wearing a ruffled black Morgane Le Fay dress to her low-key wedding. Parker figured buying a black dress off the rack (reportedly the first one she saw) wouldn't attract any attention, unlike buying a white wedding dress. "I was too embarrassed to get married in white, and both Matthew and I were reluctant to have people pay so much attention to us," SJP told Marie Claire in 2006. Parker couldn't have imagined that almost 20 years later, the black wedding dress would still be talked about as a major fashion choice (and be setting trends for brides all over the world).

Though the couple's 19-year marriage is going strong after three kids, the dress is the only thing Parker regrets about her wedding day. Wearing a black wedding dress is a controversial choice for any bride, and even more so for a bride who soon after her wedding became a fashion icon for the ages. Talking about her big day with Harper's Bazaar in 2009, the Sex and the City star told the magazine the one thing she would do-over if she and Broderick were to renew the vows would be going for that white wedding moment.

"I'd wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn that day," Parker told the magazine. That's something we'd love to see too, SJP!

As for the secret to her long-lasting marriage, Parker told the Huffington Post it's all about privacy. "The secret is, we don't discuss it. To reporters or anybody else. That's it!" she told the site. "We don't hold it up as an example and we don't air our dirty laundry."

Sarah Jessica Parker is not the only celebrity who's broken with bridal tradition buy wearing a color other than white on her wedding day. Elizabeth Taylor, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Biel, Avril Lavigne, and Julianne Moore also chose to opt-out of a white wedding dress!

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