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Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon | Source: Getty Images
Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon | Source: Getty Images

Susan Sarandon's Daughter, 39, Weds in 'French Garden' Ceremony, Wearing Corset Gown That Sparks Heated Reaction: Photos

Taitirwa Sehliselwe Murape
Jul 01, 2024
09:50 A.M.

Susan Sarandon's 39-year-old daughter tied the knot in a beautifully enchanting ceremony. Despite looking radiant in her glamorous corset wedding gown, the new bride has found herself at the center of strong criticism from the public regarding her ensemble. Photos and details of the joyous occasion have been shared online.

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Like a page straight out of a fairytale, Eva Amurri, daughter to iconic actress Susan Sarandon and famous director Franco Amurri, wed her beloved fiancé, Ian Hock, on June 29 in a stunning garden-themed ceremony. Pictures of the bride and groom saying "I do" in New York's Hudson Valley have prompted strong reactions from the public, especially where Eva's dress is concerned.

Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri on Eva Amurri's wedding day, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri on Eva Amurri's wedding day, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

Opting for a more personal and intimate gathering, Eva and Ian exchanged vows in front of 40 guests. In addition to Eva's mother, the guests included Susan's ex, Tim Robbins. Adding a layer of sweetness to the day was the fact that the 39-year-old lifestyle blogger and actress's children played a special role in the ceremony.

Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri, Ian Hock, Tim Robbins, Marlowe Mae, Major James, and Mateo Antoni Martino posing for a picture, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri, Ian Hock, Tim Robbins, Marlowe Mae, Major James, and Mateo Antoni Martino posing for a picture, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

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Marlowe Mae, Major James, and Mateo Antoni Martino, whom Eva shares with her ex-husband Kyle Martino, performed a traditional handfasting using ribbons they picked out themselves.

Ian Hock and Eva Amurri with Eva's children, Marlowe Mae, Major James, and Mateo Antoni Martino, participating in the handfasting tradition, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

Ian Hock and Eva Amurri with Eva's children, Marlowe Mae, Major James, and Mateo Antoni Martino, participating in the handfasting tradition, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

Speaking about incorporating her kids in her special day, Eva, who also shared an array of images from her big day on her Instagram Story, explained, "We really wanted to center our little family unit in all of it, and make it as much about the kids as it was about us."

Ian Hock, Eva Amurri, Marlowe, Major and Mateo Martino participating in a handfasting tradition, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/writerdirector

Ian Hock, Eva Amurri, Marlowe, Major and Mateo Martino participating in a handfasting tradition, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/writerdirector

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Mateo, Marlowe, and Major also made up the bridal party, as Eva did not have any bridesmaids. While expressing her excitement about the big day, Eva referred to her wedding as "Officially #TheBestDayEva."

Eva Amurri, Marlowe, Major and Mateo Martino posing for a picture with guests on Eva Amurri's wedding day, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/bri_austen

Eva Amurri, Marlowe, Major and Mateo Martino posing for a picture with guests on Eva Amurri's wedding day, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/bri_austen

Little Major, who looked handsome in his tan suit and blue tie, had an extra special role to play at his mother's wedding. Eva said, "Major [...] walked me down the aisle, which was an experience I'll never forget." Aside from her children, Eva and her chef husband also ensured their other guests felt included in the ceremony.

Major Martino walking Eva Amurri down the aisle, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

Major Martino walking Eva Amurri down the aisle, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

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The duo incorporated what they call a "ring blessing," where their wedding rings were passed around among guests—row by row—"to put good energy into them" before exchanging vows.

Major walking his mom, Eva Amurri, down the aisle on her wedding day, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/writerdirector

Major walking his mom, Eva Amurri, down the aisle on her wedding day, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/writerdirector

A "French garden party" was the inspiration behind Eva and Ian's big day where they worked tirelessly with their wedding officiant to create the perfect setting. Having been married before, Eva explained that the second go-around concerning planning was easier.

Ian Hock and Eva Amurri standing at the alter, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

Ian Hock and Eva Amurri standing at the alter, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/taralynnlawtonphoto

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Though she didn't have her three kids and admitted to feeling slightly stressed at times, she managed to pull off the wedding she and Ian wanted. Eye-catching photos reveal that the couple achieved what they set out to do.

Ian Hock and Eva Amurri sharing a tender moment on their wedding day, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/bri_austen

Ian Hock and Eva Amurri sharing a tender moment on their wedding day, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/bri_austen

People Magazine featured an exclusive profile of Eva's wedding with stunning photos of the special day. A part of their caption alongside the carousel of images reads, "Eva Amurri has found her 'Happily Eva After!' 💗."

Taralynn Lawton, the wedding photographer, also took to Instagram to share her own array of beautiful photos of the ceremony.

Eva Amurri and Ian Hock dancing with Marlowe, Major and Mateo Martino at their wedding, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/writerdirector

Eva Amurri and Ian Hock dancing with Marlowe, Major and Mateo Martino at their wedding, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/writerdirector

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Alongside her post, Taralynn captioned, "Eva + Ian tied the knot this past weekend with an intimate ceremony tucked away at @windrifthall in the Hudson Valley."

The message continued, "They made their sweet blended family the center of the celebration, being joined by Eva's three children, mother Susan Sarandon, and step father Tim Robbins. It was such an honor to be part of this wedding weekend and their @people magazine exclusive, with more to come later this week!"

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Guests also shared lovely pictures they had taken while at the ceremony. Photos from Eva's dad, Franco, and her friends, showed the great time everyone had at the beautiful ceremony. These beautiful photos also included attendees taking selfies with the bride and her kids.

Eva Amurri and Mateo Martino posing for a picture with a friend at her wedding, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/bri_austen

Eva Amurri and Mateo Martino posing for a picture with a friend at her wedding, posted on July 2, 2024 | Source: Instagram/bri_austen

Matching the whimsical charm of Hudson Valley, the location featured "lots of natural colors that mimic the environment at the estate, with little pops of whimsy with the chamomile flowers and hints of pale green and pale blue."

A view of the chamomile flowers at the estate where Eva Amurri and Ian Hock tied the knot, posted on June 22, 2024 | Source: Instagram/windrifthall

A view of the chamomile flowers at the estate where Eva Amurri and Ian Hock tied the knot, posted on June 22, 2024 | Source: Instagram/windrifthall

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Of the overall event, Eva revealed, "We worked with our officiant to craft a ceremony that felt super personal and intimate, and then focused on our second love of life: food! All we really needed was the beautiful atmosphere, our nearest and dearest, and a delicious party."

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With Ian being a chef and both him and Eva being foodies, the couple spent time curating a menu of only the most delectable cuisine. Grounded Catering provided Hudson Valley's finest dishes, which featured mouth-watering Hudson Valley duck, a variety of salads and vegetables, and cedar plank salmon.

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Guests' meals were cooked over an open fire, and of course, in keeping with the theme of family and close friends, all the food was served family style. In addition to the main meal, there was also a selection of cheeses from local farms and vendors and charcuterie placed on grazing tables.

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Regarding the drinks menu, the bar served up small vineyard wines and local beers. Eva and Ian's guests also had their pick of two signature cocktails—a margarita made from fresh fruits and a non-alcoholic berry shrub. There was also champagne for toasting occasions.

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Dessert included the newlyweds' vanilla-flavored wedding cake. The cake was topped with fresh macerated raspberries and an Italian meringue buttercream. For the cake's decoration, fresh chamomile flowers were used to wrap around the layered dessert. These were also the same flowers featured in Eva's bouquet.

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Regarding the main event of the day—meeting her now-husband at the alter—Eva walked down the aisle to a live acoustic version of the late and great Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love." She donned a stunning, strapless, corseted gown designed by Kim Kassas, which featured a billowing skirt and a column shape.

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She bought the dress in New York City at a shop called Bridal Reflections and divulged, "I love how it has a vintage feel and is ultra feminine without being overly pouffy. I wanted to feel sexy but elegant, and I think the dress strikes the perfect balance."

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Unfortunately, the majority of the public does not share Eva's sentiments about her wedding gown, as many took to online platforms to express their disdain. "Inappropriate dress," commented a social media user.

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Echoing the sentiment, another expressed, "Don't like Bridal gown too much Exposed." "The dress is tasteless," wrote someone else. An Instagrammer remarked, "What a tacky dress for a 40 year [old's] second marriage."

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Commenting on what Eva's mom wore, a fan praised, "Love Susan's suit!" Amid the negative comments Eva received, there was a sweet message from an admirer.

The admirer penned, "Congratulations to you both ❤️❤️ or should I say all of you ❤️ you look gorgeous Eva 😍 I love your wedding dress 👰 your family is beautiful your Mom and dad look amazing ❤️."

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Aside from what Eva wore, her groom looked dapper in his SuitShop custom-made navy blue suit. The same design company also made Eva's sons tan suits which were tailored to their sizes.

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The mother-of-the-bride, who features in several endearing images with her beloved daughter and family, rocked a colorful floral pantsuit, perfect for the day's aesthetic. Her famous actor ex, Tim, rocked a classy navy suit with a white formal shirt underneath.

Sticking with the designer of her wedding gown, Eva changed into another Kim Kassas dress later in the day. Her second dress featured feather trim, sparkles, and floral lace.

Ian Hock feeding a bite of their wedding cake to Eva Amurri, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Ian Hock feeding a bite of their wedding cake to Eva Amurri, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Speaking of her second ensemble, Eva said, "I paired it with custom Nike Air Force Ones that were embellished with pearls and our wedding date. It felt like Priscilla Prseley-meets-street-style!"

Eva Amurri posing in a wedding veil, posted on June 13, 2024 | Source: Instagram/lele_sadoughi

Eva Amurri posing in a wedding veil, posted on June 13, 2024 | Source: Instagram/lele_sadoughi

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Other heartwarming details concerning Eva and Ian's special day included their decision to exchange love letters they had written themselves as their vows and their couple's first dance. Eva and Ian swayed to Taylor Swift's "Lover," a song that bears significance to their relationship.

Eva Amurri and Ian Hock standing at the alter on their wedding day, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri and Ian Hock standing at the alter on their wedding day, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

"Then we danced a family dance to 'Joy' by Andy Grammer, which is our special family song," Eva noted. Even though Ian is not the biological father of Eva's kids, he considers them as his own.

Eva Amurri and Ian Hock with Marlowe Mae, Major James, and Mateo Antoni Martino doing their family dance, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri and Ian Hock with Marlowe Mae, Major James, and Mateo Antoni Martino doing their family dance, posted on June 30, 2024 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

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Sharing insights into the close bond Ian has forged with Eva's children, the doting mom disclosed, "Watching him with the kids the last four years has been incredible as well. He is already the best stepparent ever."

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The smitten bride also spoke about how loving and supportive Ian is as her partner. "I really love how Ian takes care of me and the kids and is the most loving and considerate partner," Eva began.

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She continued, "He loves me and takes care of me in a way that lets me step into my feminine energy and be the mom I want to be because I feel so supported."

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She added that she considers Ian her best friend and cited that some of her favorite things to do with him include laughing and being goofy. Ian and Eva have come a long way since their first encounter when she was pregnant and had just gotten divorced from Kyle.

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Initially coming over to her table at a restaurant where he was working as a chef to say hi to a woman Eva was with, who Ian had gone to high school with, Eva found herself captivated. "What ensued was a very special and somewhat old-fashioned courtship of getting to know each other pretty slowly," she mentioned.

Ian Hock and Eva Amurri posing for a picture, posted on December 21, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Ian Hock and Eva Amurri posing for a picture, posted on December 21, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Speaking about her relationship with Ian in general, Eva swooned, "This has all felt like a fairytale for both of us. Our connection and the timing of it all was so unexpected and felt meant to be from the start."

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Before tying the knot, Ian popped the question to Eva in arguably the most romantic setting—Paris. He proposed to her in her favorite place, the gardens of the Rodin Museum in February 2023. Eva Amurri, who was bursting with excitement, shared the happy news with her mom, Susan Sarandon, via a video.

Eva Amurri and Ian Hock posing for a picture with Eva's engagement ring, posted on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva and ianhock

Eva Amurri and Ian Hock posing for a picture with Eva's engagement ring, posted on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva and ianhock

Eva revealed that she was engaged by including several photos of her engagement ring. The blogger shared some song lyrics about ending up with Ian, her then-fiancé, and revealed that those who knew them well knew what that moment meant to them.

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She said they were delighted and couldn't wait to spend the rest of their days together. On her Instagram Story, Eva shared several images of her and Ian in Paris for their engagement, with one showing them kissing on a bridge.

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Fans also got to see a closeup view of her gorgeous engagement ring. Of her ring, Eva confessed that she was "dying" over it and that Ian had worked with a jewelry designer to create it.

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

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In a statement shared online, Susan's daughter said she and Ian were grateful and emotional for the beautiful congratulatory messages they'd received. The couple said they'd read each one, which made them feel enveloped in love and supported by the community.

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva said she'd learned that a successful and healthy relationship was forged through a community that uplifted individuals and bonded them as a couple. She thanked those who'd supported their relationship in real life and online.

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

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Another picture showed the Rodin Museum with Susan's daughter sharing that they got engaged in its gardens. In another photo, Eva showed the exact spot where Ian had proposed.

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

The star's daughter even included a short clip of her walking towards a camera before running as she got closer and lifting her left hand to show off her engagement ring. Additionally, Eva revealed that she announced her engagement by sending her family members, including her mother, the hilarious video.

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

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Eva also had an image of her and Ian standing in a photo frame that showed off the Eiffel Tower and confessed that they took many photos like that. The couple was smiling in the picture, and she was holding up her hand to show off her ring.

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

Eva Amurri's engagement pictures shared after Ian Hock proposed on February 20, 2023 | Source: Instagram/thehappilyeva

The actress's daughter admitted that she couldn't stop showing off her ring as she posted another image of her holding up her left hand to reveal the gorgeous piece of jewelry, but this time she was indoors. Another photo showed Ian holding his then-fiancée's left hand, and she revealed he kept asking to see it.

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