The gown Sophie Hunter wore to wed Benedict Cumberbatch
They tied they knot in a very hush-hush ceremony last month, but now we've finally got our first glimpse of what Benedict Cumberbatch's wedding looked like.
The gown that Sophie Hunter wore to wed the actor has been revealed by Valentino - and it's a stunner.
The Italian design house shared a photo of the actress and theatre director during a pre-wedding fitting, though the image was later removed.
The pregnant bride-to-be looked resplendent surrounded by a throng of staffers from the atelier. (Chandeliers and table-top presentations should be required at all fittings.)
The image, which shows off the high-neck gown with its sheer long sleeves and lacy train, was shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz and will be featured in the April issue of fashion bible Vogue.
"Beautiful Sophie Hunter with Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli prepping her couture dress for her March wedding to Benedict Cumberbatch. #magicmoment #sophiehunter #benedictcumberbatch photographed by #AnnieLeibovitz for @voguemagazine," the Instagram post said.
Hunter told Vogue she worked with Valentino's creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for three months to ensure the gown was perfect.
"It feels very much of nature, and it's so detailed and extraordinary that I'm still trying to get my head around how beautiful it is," she said.
In her first meeting with designers they spent hours discussing the design and process, which Hunter said she found "inspiring."
"From the directorial point of view, I see opera in it, I see art, I see theatre," she said. "There's a narrative of the individual and the occasion and the setting that is utterly unique."
Hunter's five bridesmaids and three pages were also dressed in Valentino.
Hunter and The Imitation Game and Sherlock actor actually wed on Valentines Day on the Isle of Wight, a rep confirmed last month. Celebrity guests included Cumberbatch's War Horse costar Tom Hiddleston and Sherlock costar Martin Freeman.
The couple announced their engagement in November with a traditional newspaper listing in the Times rather than posting the news on social media. In January, they confirmed they were expecting their first child.