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Find out about the changing face of bridal fashion as demonstrated by Rod Stewart (well, his wives anyway).......... 

The changing face of bridal gowns 

I went to see Rod Stewart on tour at Portman Road, Ipswich this week and let me tell you that Rod has still got it in spades. His voice is as good as ever and he is astonishingly energetic for a septuagenarian. He sung some of his new stuff but the old favourites were there and Rod has no trouble getting the audience to sing along. Added to this he had an excellent backing band and singers, who more than held their own when he left the stage to get his barnet re-coiffured  
Rod could not be accused of being shy and merrily told the audience about his three wives and eight children and this set me to thinking about what sort of wedding dresses his wives had (and what he wore) 
Rod married first in the 1970s, for the second time in the 1990s and for the third time in the 2000s, all of which had very different bridal styles 

The wedding dress of Mrs Alana Stewart 

Alana Stewart, a model, who had previously been married to actor George Hamilton, married Rod in 1979 in Beverley Hills. The bride, wore an off the shoulder wedding dress, held up by elastic, with a large 'curtain' of lace covering her arms and the fairly transparent bodice (yes, I know, but we are talking about the 70s) 
The ruffle skirt was of the same semi-transparent material and something shiny. I couldn't tell you whether it was a silk bridal gown but somehow I don't think so, although undoubtedly it was expensive. This was topped off by a halo of gypsophila on lots of fluffy yellow hair (I don't think they had straightners in the 70s)  
Rod wore a cream suit, a white bow tie and cream scarf, odd as it wasn't cold surely?  

The bridal gown of Mrs Rachel Stewart  

Perhaps somewhat bizzarely Rod also married the second Mrs Stewart in Beverley Hills (not sure what she thought of that but maybe it was her idea). She was 21 and he was 45 and he apparently met her in a nightclub the day before he was planning to propose to Kelly Emberg (ouch) 
This was the 1990s, hair was still big but flower halos were out. Mrs Stewart II wore a very long veil instead. Another model, and clearly proud of her assets, Mrs Stewart II wore a lace covered ivory column wedding dress with an exceptionally low v neck front. I can only imagine the amount of support put into that bodice. Long sleeves and a long train were the order of the day  
Mr Stewart, didn't at least duplicate his suit and wore shiny navy blue in a sort of waiter style of jacket (hmmm, but it was the 90s)  

Bridal wear by Mrs Penny Stewart 

Rod married his third and current wife, Penny Lancaster in Portofino, Italy in 2007. Thank goodness for that as I was running out of pictures of Beverley Hills! 
This was very much a wedding for the new millenium and was attended by the couple's two very young children. Penny wore an in vogue strapless a-line wedding dress but again lace featured and the dress was covered in it. It was slim fitting over the hips and flared at the bottom. The bride wore her hair up and an elbow length veil. This time Rod went the whole hog and wore a morning suit with a wing collar shirt and ivory waistcoat 
Lucky for Rod this marriage has had longevity and ten years later the couple renewed their vows. Penny went for a more informal look. The wedding dress was strapless again but an informal lace column. Rod opted again for a cream suit and white shirt. The generous couple sold the rights to their photographs to Hello magazine and donated the proceeds to the Grenfell Tower fund. We like it  
Images from top: @connorjalbert; @jordanpulmano; @kristinetanne all courtesy of Unsplash 
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