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.