(I know, I know – it should have happened on Wednesday, but here it is, just two days late…)
White knee socks, a sun hat and a mini skirt. It’s not the most conventional of bridal outfits, but this is Yoko Ono we’re talking about, and given that she’d already appeared naked on the cover of the “Two Virgins” albums she’d made with new husband, John Lennon, we should probably just be grateful that Yoko was clothed at all.
John and Yoko married in Gibraltar on 20th March, 1969 – just two days after Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman. Dressed in her customary ’60s style, and with a pair of huge sunglasses to finish off the look, Yoko made an unusual bride, but the wedding was nothing compared to the honeymoon that followed it.
Retiring to the presidential suite of the Amsterdam Hilton, the couple immediately took to their bed and remained there while the world’s press crowded into the room to take pictures. The “bed-in” lasted for seven days and was televised around the world, with John and Yoko using the opportunity to hold forth on their favourite topic – world peace.
The wedding and honeymoon was immortalised forever in The Beatles’ The Ballad of John and Yoko, which was recorded on the couple’s return to London. They also recorded The Wedding Album to celebrate the event, using their wedding photo as the front cover.