Not long after parting ways with first husband Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, a Cartier sapphire engagement ring marked the promise of a new life together with actor Michael Wilding, a star in such Hitchcock movies as Under Capricorn and Stage Fright. On February 21, 1952, the violet-eyed vision pledged her devotion during a short civil ceremony which was conducted at Caxton Hall in London, England, author C. David Heymann reported in Liz, a biography of the cinematic legend. Although the couple would enjoy a promising beginning, which included an eight-day honeymoon excursion to the Swiss Alps following their first night together as husband and wife at London’s Berkley Hotel, their marriage –which produced two children– came to an end in early 1957.
Displaying her diverse design skills, MGM’s Helen Rose created a demure dove grey wool frock with white organdy accents for Elizabeth Taylor’s second walk down the aisle– a drastic change from the traditional white satin wedding dress she wore for her first foray into marriage with Nicky Hilton in 1950. Like many brides of the era, the actress embellished the look with a single strand of pearls and a pair of white gloves.