From red carpet events to royal galas, the globe’s glitterati may be accustomed to donning couture creations. However, no dress will ever mean more to any bride than the gown she dons for her wedding day. Following are a few celebrity “I do” designs from yesterday and today:
Their marriage may not have stood the test of time, but former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres will always have the memory of the day she donned a Reem Acra creation and exchanged vows with salsa sensation Marc Anthony (seen in the photo to the left). Light danced on the facets of the Swarovski crystals which clung to the gown’s duchesse satin fabric as the bride strolled down the aisle the San Juan Cathedral during the couple’s 2002 vow renewal ceremony.
Marc Anthony and Dayanara Torres’ formal celebration of their love took place two years after their first walk down the aisle in the penthouse Oriental Suite at the Desert Inn. For their Vegas vows, the bride wore a two-tone Eduardo Lucero ensemble (seen in the photo to the left,) which she had donned to attend the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards earlier that evening.
Accustomed to building dream houses for fortunate recipients on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Constance Ramos turned to Kansas designer Elaine Beckman Biggs to contract her dream dress. On May 6, 2005 the bride walked down the aisle of Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad, California in a lace draped creation with a scalloped hemline which pooled at her feet as she stood at the altar by her groom, J.J. Carrell.
Juxtaposed against the rustic charm of a barn’s interior, actress Bethany Joy Lenz’s strapless Justina McCaffrey wedding dress was an opulent ode to every girl’s dream of a fairytale “I do.” A trailing, diaphanous veil paired with a billowing ballgown skirt made for a a voluptuous vision as the One Tree Hill star walked along a wood floor which led to her groom, Michael Galeotti.
Harmonizing with the hue of the heavens on that August day in 1996, the few dainty silk flowers which clung to the straps of Tisha Campbell-Martin‘s off-the-shoulder silhouette provided her “something blue” on her wedding day. As bridesmaids Jada Pinkett (the future bride of actor Will Smith) and Brandy looked on, the bride made her grand entrance in an off-white creation by designer Renee Strauss, the garment’s ballgown skirt gently shifting as she walked in backyard of the home she shared with the man who waited to make her his wife, actor Duane Martin.
The shadow of scandal having passed, there was nothing to darken the smile on Mabel Wisse Smit‘s face on the day she exchanged vows with Dutch Prince Johan Friso (seen in the photo below.) Wearing a couture Viktor & Rolf creation of duchesse satin sprinkled with 249 silk georgette bows, the bride first said “I do” in the Town Hall before walking down the aisle passed 1,400 guests at Delft’s Old Church, where her new husband relinquished his position as third in line to the throne as he pledged his love.
Sarah Jessica Parker is not the only star who has worn a somber silhouette on her wedding day. Jennifer Connelly donned a black, off-the-shoulder gown with diaphanous sleeves on the day she said “I do” to actor Paul Bettany.
Actress Rachel Griffiths, who has appeared in such maritally-minded movies as My Best Friend’s Wedding and Muriel’s Wedding, enjoyed an “I do” day of her own on New Year’s Eve 2002. The bride walked down the aisle in a silk gauze Alberto Ferretti creation, with flower-shaped hair adornments fashioned from mother-of-pearl adding an extra romantic element.
It was a “Beautiful Day” when U2 guitarist The Edge watched his bride, choreographer Morleigh Steinberg, walk toward him in a Rosai Nichols gown, an ethereal ivory creation whihc featured a delicate lace overlay.
Hind Hariri (seen in the photo below) may be the world’s youngest female billionaire, but the daughter of Lebanon’s fallen former premier received a priceless gift on March 21, 2009– the promise of a lifetime together with the man she loves– her family’s former bodyguard, Anas Karout. Exchanging vows in Paris, the bride wore an elaborate off-the-shoulder design from the couturier with a name that is the quintessence of French fashion, Chanel.
White strips of fabric which clung to the skirt of Arden Myrin‘s strapless Monique Lhuillier gown mirrored the look of merrily tossed confetti as the MADTV comedienne made her grand entrance at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont.
Their union didn’t last forever, but respect and affection remain between actress Kate Hudson and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson. Years before her Bride Wars character retorts “You don’t alter Vera to fit you; you alter yourself to fit Vera” the star slipped into her own Vera Wang bridal attire. Constructed of ivory satin, the strapless silhouette was draped with a white coat which kept the Colorado cold at bay for the wintertime vows.
Recognized as her signature shade, it came as no surprise that pink was Jayne Mansfield’s preference not only for the invitations to her wedding with muscleman Mickey Hargitay, but also for her bridal attire (seen in the photo to the right.) As the romantic melody of “Because” filled the Wayfarer’s Chapel on January 13, 1958, the ’50’s sex symbol strolled down the aisle in a powder pink, curve-conscious creation– an extravagant assemblage of lace fashioned into a mermaid silhouette, a look accented by the addition of opera gloves.
While TV fans were used to seeing The Wonder Years‘ Winnie Cooper in early 1970’s styles, on her wedding day a grown up Danica McKellar chose a contemporary creation from designer Renee Strauss. The beauty of the mermaid silhouette was enhanced with the addition of a fingertip veil and a tiara.
Wanting a look to match a one-of-a-kind love, NCIS star Pauley Perrette chose a vintage dress for her “I do”. The retro romantic walked down the aisle in a cream-colored creation which she purchased at a thrift store for $20.