Kelly Ripa Wears Her Wedding Dress on 20th Anniversary Vacation With Mark Consuelos: Then-and-Now Photos

Something old! During her big return to Live With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday, April 26 — which was overshadowed hours later by the news of Michael Strahan's early departure — Kelly Ripa shared a photo from her vacation of herself wearing her wedding dress to commemorate her 20th anniversary with her husband, Mark Consuelos.

The talk show host, 45, made sure to pack the frock for her pre-planned anniversary getaway to Turks and Caicos, which Us Weekly first reported amid her drama with Strahan and ABC execs last week.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Courtesy Live with Kelly and Michael

While delivering her monologue on Tuesday, Ripa flashed a pic of herself cozying up to her husband during their trip. In the snapshot, Ripa wears the special dress: a slinky white spaghetti strap gown that fits her beautifully — as it did 20 years ago.

"That’s my wedding dress. And guess what? It still fits!" Ripa told viewers. "The dress is 25 years old. My marriage is 20 years old. I didn’t buy it as a wedding dress. I just bought it because it was really pretty, and I wanted to buy something from the Barneys Warehouse sale. I was working the soap. I didn’t make a lot of money. It was $199 on final clearance sale. ‘Do I eat this week, or do I get this dress?’ Literally, this was the thought process."

At the time, Ripa was acting on ABC soap opera All My Children alongside Consuelos, who played her onscreen love interest. Eventually, their chemistry turned into a real-life romance, and they married in May 1996 — with Ripa in that very gown.

"I said to myself, ‘I bet if I buy this, maybe it will be an investment piece. Maybe I will wear it more than once,'" Ripa comically recalled. "I swear to you, I wear it constantly. It’s a beach cover-up now. I wear it all the time. It was the best $199 I ever spent in my life."

Amid her drama with Strahan last week, Consuelos took to his Twitter and briefly thanked their close friends for their support. He and Ripa share three kids, Michael, 18, Lola, 14, and Joaquin, 13.

 

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