Becky Jefferies forgot to wear a skirt she had custom-made for her wedding dress to her ceremony.
She paused the ceremony so she could put the skirt on to the surprise of her guests and groom.
A TikTok of the moment has over 28 million views to date.
Becky Jefferies and Sherif Fayed tied the knot in September 2021.
Jefferies, 36, and Fayed, 30, have been together since 2017.
They're based in Dubai, where Jefferies is a marketing director and brand builder and Fayed is a TV host and social-media content creator. They're currently traveling through the Caribbean and South America, as Jefferies told Insider.
"We live a super active, adventurous life, and it's incredibly fulfilling," she said. "We travel frequently to remote places and share the same spirit of adventure."
The pair were legally married at Pyrgos Petreza in Greece in September 2019.
"Because of COVID, we had to postpone the wedding celebration several times, but eventually made it happen in September 2021 in Spata, Greece," Jefferies said.
Jefferies wore a Galia Lahav gown to the wedding.
"Nothing wowed me until I tried on several Galia Lahav styles," Jefferies told Insider of how she found her wedding dress.
The gown she ultimately chose had a sweetheart neckline and was covered in intricate lace, as well as a plunging neckline and fitted skirt.
"The detail was incredible," she said.
Jefferies had a removable skirt added to the gown to take it to the next level.
"I had the attached overskirt custom-made by a seamstress in Dubai, as I wanted a more dramatic train for the ceremony," Jefferies said.
The tulle skirt framed the dress, showing off the lace but adding a fuller look at the same time.
"Making the skirt was a bit of a painful process," Jefferies said. "The first tailor I went to in Dubai totally missed the mark, so I had to scrap it and start from scratch with another tailor."
"She nailed it and it got finished just in time for the wedding," she said. "I picked it up one day before we traveled to Greece."
Jefferies only planned to wear the skirt during the ceremony.
"I liked that it gave me two different looks for the ceremony and reception," Jefferies said of the skirt.
She hoped to pose for photos, taken by Antonis Georgiadis, in the overskirt as well.
But in the rush to get her down the aisle, Jefferies forgot to attach the skirt.
Jefferies told Insider she didn't wear the skirt in the vehicle that transported her to the wedding, as she didn't want it to wrinkle.
Her friend gave the gown to a venue attendant when they arrived, who took it to a storage room with the rest of their belongings by mistake.
"The rest of the girls in the car with me were rushed inside to take their seats, so I was left alone in the final moments before walking down the aisle," Jefferies said. "As soon as I got out of the car behind them and entered the venue, I already heard the song playing that I was walking down the aisle to, so I didn't even have time to think."
She didn't realize she didn't have the skirt until the ceremony had already begun.
"The officiant was saying his first few lines when it dawned on me and I absolutely panicked. I kept thinking, 'This cannot be real. This is not happening,'" she said.
As Jefferies shared with Insider, she had a nightmare about forgetting the skirt just days before the wedding, which made the experience even stranger.
"One of my recurring nightmares was forgetting something important on the wedding day, whether it was putting makeup on, my veil, or the overskirt," she said. "I was so excited to finally get the overskirt right, but I also had this fear of something not working out with it."
She decided to pause the wedding so she could add the skirt.
Right after their officiant said Jefferies and Fayed could exchange their vows, Jefferies took the microphone and explained what was going on to her guests, asking her wedding planner to get the skirt.
"Um, pause for a moment. I just realized when I got up to the end of the aisle that I'm missing half my dress," she said, as shown in a TikTok of the experience. "Maybe I could put it on now?"
She told Insider she felt like she could say what she needed because her wedding only had 85 guests.
"We had a small, intimate wedding," she said. "Being among close friends and family, I felt comfortable speaking up about it."
"Sherif had been by my side when I was dress shopping and knew how important the skirt was, so I wasn't worried that he would mind stopping for it," she added. "We are pretty lighthearted people and don't take ourselves too seriously, so this moment was pretty true to us as a couple."
After a few minutes of waiting, an attendant was able to find the skirt for her.
Jefferies said it took her wedding planner from Rock Paper Scissors Events a little under five minutes to find the skirt, allowing the wedding to go on as planned.
Even though the moment was unconventional, she's grateful she did it.
"It was such a genuine moment and gave us something to look back on with laughter," she said, calling it one of the highlights of the day. "And even though I didn't enter the ceremony with it on, I at least got to exit with the full look."
Both Jefferies' groom and her guests thought the pause was hilarious.
"There was so much laughter, and it really helped break the ice in a moment that was extremely nerve-wracking for us," Jefferies said.
"Sherif was surprisingly emotional in the beginning of the ceremony, so the laugher came at a good time," she added. "Everyone told us afterward how much it lightened the mood."
"Everyone laughed with us and made the situation so much easier when it easily could have been embarrassing and traumatizing," Jefferies said. "They were amazing and we are so lucky to have them in our lives."
The TikTok Jefferies posted about the experience went viral.
@jetsetbecks Pardon the interruption but priorities. #fyp #weddingtiktok #weddingday #weddingdress #marriage #marriagecomedy #bride #couplestiktok #truestory #marriedlife #husbandwife @sheriffayed ♬ original sound - Becky Jefferies
The TikTok shows Jefferies pausing the ceremony and getting her skirt on, with her guests and husband laughing in the background.
It had over 28 million views on Friday, much to Jefferies' surprise. She told Insider she was "shocked" by its popularity.
"I guess everyone loves a good wedding mishap," she said.
Jefferies told Insider she doesn't regret the mix-up.
"Although I was mortified in the midst of that 'oh shit' moment at the time, I love that it happened this way because it made it so memorable," she said. "It really did break the ice for everyone."
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