22009: Celebrity Wedding Dresses Past and Present

As with every other bride, the wedding dress of a star is an expression of her hopes and dreams. Following are a few of the “I do” designs chosen by celebrity brides from yesterday and today:

The blush pink hue of Lisa Loeb‘s strapless Amsale Blue Label gown and the bejeweled pendant adorning the garment’s waist added a warm glow to the singer’s wintertime walk down the aisle with her love, Roey Herskovitz.

Tommy Mattola Weds Thalia

Dubbed “Queen of the Telenovelas,” Latin sensation Thalia celebrated her first moment of matrimony in a regal, hand-embroidered masterpiece of silk, satin and tulle (seen in the photo to the left.) A $350,000 Mitzy creation 18 months in the making, the gown featured silver thread embellishments and Swarovski crystals which captured the lights inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral as she walked past Julio Iglesias, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and 200 other illustrious guests.

As a Cinderella-style carriage bore the bride to the 50-yard line of the M&T Bank Stadium, a storybook silhouette was needed for Shauna Chine‘s nuptials to football star Daniel Wilcox. Pnina Tornai scored a touchdown in the design department with a strapless, curve-conscious creation which flared into rippling waves of fabric that cascaded behind the lady of the hour as she walked toward her groom. Draped over the bride’s hair and tumbling atop the gown’s train, a lace-edged veil enhanced the effect of opulence.

In celebration of their eternal love, Twilight star Peter Facinelli stood at the altar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Montecito, California back in 2001 and watched 90210 star Jennie Garth glide down the aisle to the strains of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” in an off-the-shoulder, ivory silk creation by Reem Acra.

A vintage diamond choker made a dramatic accent to Angela Bassett‘s gem of a dress on the day she wed actor Courtney B. Vance. Designed with a v-neckline, the silk Escada creation was paired with a French lace train which trailed four feet behind the bride.

Following her vows inside the Salt Lake Temple, the scarlet cape which draped over High School Musical star KayCee Stroh kept out the cold as she walked in snow as white as her Govavari Dupion silk Sottero and Midgley wedding dress.

Wedding Of Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson

Lisa Rinna, who today highlights the hits and misses of Hollywood stars on the red carpet, wore a definite fashion “do” to her wedding– a gown created by designer to the stars Vera Wang. A diaphanous veil floating behind her topped the romantic look of the white, floor-length slip dress.

Sprigs of Snow Gum– its bloom a reminder of her native Australia– was nestled into the array of white roses and stephanotis which the former Mary Donaldson carried on the day she donned a wedding dress designed by Uffe Frank (seen in the photo at left). Irish lace worn a century before by Crown Princess Margret of Sweden on the day she said “I do” framed the bride’s face as she began her walk down the aisle, the Chantilly lace trim on the train of the duchess satin gown brushing gently against the red carpet as she made her way to the altar of Our Lady Lutheran Cathedral, where Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik waited to make her his wife.

Like a visual interpretation of one of her power ballads, Celine Dion‘s bridal attire featured dramatic flourishes. Light dancing off the facets of a seven-pound tiara accented with 2,000 Austrian crystals captured the attention of attendees as the pop superstar entered the Notre Dame Basilica in a fairytale frock created by Mirella and Steve Gentile.

NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon‘s heart accelerated when he saw Ingrid Vandebosch in her J. Mendel Couture wedding dress. Although showcasing daring decolletage, the gown’s off-the-shoulder design, paired with a lace-trimmed veil, offered a hint of Regency romance.

Alan Thicke Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

A ruffled hem added a touch of flamenco flair to model Tanya Callau‘s Oscar de la Renta gown (seen in the photo to the left,) which was paired with a diaphanous veil that bobbed in the breeze as the bride exchanged vows with Growing Pains star Alan Thicke on the grounds of the One & Only Palmilla Resort.

Andrew Firestone
was The Bachelor no more when Ivana Bozilovic donned a Reem Acra gown and said “I do.” The couple’s two adorable fur babies– an English bulldog named Twiggy and a beagle that answers to “Snoopy” were on hand to watch the bride walk down the aisle in the ivory silk and lace illusion creation.

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