The designer of actress Denise Richards’ wedding dress has been forced to defend his creation after it split opinion among fans on social media.

American film star Richards, 47, tied the knot on Saturday in Malibu, California – just two days after she announced she was engaged to Aaron Phypers in People magazine.

The ceremony was intimate – according to friends the couple, who have both been married before, just wanted their ‘inner circle’ present – but the planning seems somewhat rushed.

Former Bond girl Denise only gave her dress designer 24 hours to create her dream strapless floral gown.

Denise showed off her legs in the short gown

And while the actress and model was thrilled with the frock, which skims her thighs high above the knee, reaction wasn’t all positive on social media.

yungmuullan commented: “Babe, great dress, wrong occasion. Given the context, its a nightmare.”

Another said: “Dress is beautiful but her stance is so unbecoming..Denise stand with grace like a lady!”

Glenn Craven wrote on : “It was completed in 24 hours because there’s only four hours’ worth of material to it.”

Others thought the dress was beautiful and the perfect choice for a sunny Malibu wedding.

Mark had to defend his design after negative comments

summerfox3 wrote: “I would have chosen a different dress. With that being said, I’m not the bride. It’s her day and her choice. If she felt beautiful, power to her! Designer is amazing and should indeed accommodate client’s wishes. Well done!”

Designer Mark Zunino later hit back against the negative comments on .

He wrote: “I don’t think we’ve ever had a wedding dress create more split opinions than the dress we just did for Denise Richards!

Denise played cousin Cassie in Friends

“Here’s our thought: we work for the bride/client. As long as they’re in love with the design, we feel we’ve done our job. Unless you’ve paid for it or are the one wearing it you don’t have to worry about it!

“We are thrilled that Denise felt beautiful on her special day and love how the dress 100% fit her personality and the setting.

“We look forward to working with any of you and creating the dress of your dreams no matter what anyone else thinks! XOXO”

Richards was previously married to actor Charlie Sheen , while Phypers has recently divorced from Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan.

Denise herself hasn’t shared any images of her dress on social media, but did post a sweet image of the couple’s wedding rings buried in the sand at the beach.

Congratulations to the happy couple!