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Why Olivia Culpo chose a simple wedding dress for her wedding with Christian McCaffrey

Olivia Culpo talks about her decision to wear a simple dress on her wedding day.

In an interview with Fashion published On Saturday, June 29 – the same day as her wedding in Rhode Island to San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey – the 32-year-old former Miss Universe reflected on her decision to wear a full-length gown as she walked down the aisle.

“I didn’t want it to have any sexual feel to it,” Culpo said of her Dolce & Gabbana crepe ball gown, which featured a round neckline, long sleeves and a buttoned back.

“I wanted it to feel effortless and like it complemented me rather than overpowered me. It’s so beautiful and simple,” she added of the dress, which she paired with a 5-meter lace veil and minimal makeup.

“When I think of Christian and what he loves and the moments when he finds me most beautiful, it is definitely like this: timeless, covered and elegant,” she added.

The model also opened up for Fashion about the process of designing her dress, which was heavily influenced by the couple’s decision to marry in a church in the coastal Watch Hill neighborhood to the west. Although Culpo had long sleeves and a more modest look in mind, she said she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted online – which only inspired her even more.

“That made me even more excited about this vision,” she told the magazine.

Culpo worked with a designer from Dolce & Gabbana to create her dream dress, and she nailed the look on the first try.

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“It was exactly the same as the original sketch,” she said Fashion. “This is the first, last and only wedding dress I have tried on.”

Christian McCaffrey and Olivia Culpo at their wedding on June 29 in Rhode Island.

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Culpo and her now-husband shared plenty of fashionable moments together in the days leading up to their wedding. On Wednesday, June 26, McCaffrey, 28, shared an Instagram post with a series of photos alongside his then-fiancée outside a courthouse.

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Several of the shots showed McCaffrey in a light suit, white T-shirt and a pair of brown leather shoes, while Culpo wore a white button-down blouse with cap sleeves and a pleated white midi skirt. In one photo, she completed her chic look with a wide-brimmed hat with a floral motif, and in another, she wore a short veil attached to a white headband.

Christian McCaffrey and Olivia Culpo.

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The couple announced their engagement in April 2023, sharing photos of their Utah vacation proposal in a joint Instagram post at the time. One photo showed a glimpse of Culpo’s ring, which features a large oval diamond and side epaulette stones.

Culpo told PEOPLE at the time that she was “so excited” about the engagement. “It was honestly the thrill of my life,” she said of saying “yes” to McCaffrey.

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