Crystal Bowersox's Wedding Dress and Ring Details Revealed

10/13/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

Bob Berg

When Crystal Bowersox announced her engagement to fellow musician and longtime friend Brian Walker last month, she promised to be anything but the typical bridezilla — and from her unique earth-friendly dress to her diamond-free wedding ring, the season 9 American Idol runner-up seems to have stayed true to her word. The bride wore an organic, hemp and cotton wedding gown from Vermont designer Tara Lynn to exchange her vows on Sunday at the Chicago café where she first met Walker six years ago, saying ‘I do’ with a 1.1-carat princess cut ruby ring designed by Walker and crafted by Chicago’s Traci Coughlin and Steve Quick Jewelers. “There are no diamonds to be found as we don’t believe in the violence and injustice that occurs within the diamond trade industry,” Bowersox tells PEOPLE. “Both rings feature the masonry symbol, an infinity 8, and the Sanskrit symbol for the sound ‘om’ and a personal design that for us represents three: Brian, Crystal, and Tony.” As for her one of a kind wedding dress? “The gown is a simple princess line with an open back; a machine-knit hemp twine strap crisscrosses in back,” says designer, Tara Lynn. And new bride Bowersox couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. “I gave Tara Lynn the base ideas of what I wanted, and in three weeks, she created a beautiful gown made of hemp and cotton, with a handmade macramé and bead sunflower design on the front,” Crystal tells PEOPLE. “The train of the dress is a handmade design of hemp twine, sea shells, and beads, some of which came from pieces of sentimental jewelry.” Read more details on Crystal’s intimate Chicago wedding in the current issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. –Gillian Koenig; reporting by Marisa Laudadio

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Rebecca on

I personally love the dress! I am a fan of Crystal’s voice! I love that she is socially and politically savvy and lives her life true to her convictions. Age doesn’t play a part in knowing who you are and what you stand for. Sadly, Debbbb doesn’t seem to be one of those people.

mardi Berry on

LOVE Crystal and anyway she wants to celebrate her special day is fine with me!!

She was by far the best of “Idol” this year, and I look forward to purchasing her music.

Congrats to you both and may your time together be the best life has to offer!!

Jen on

Who is Tony?

SammyD on

Wow Debbbb with 4 Bs, that’s original! Jealous much!

Kim on

Ugh..isn’t she a little big to be wearing the criss cross thing in the back..? You can see her back rolls..It all looks unsuprisingly tacky.

Elyse on

Gee Debbbbbbbbb … We will all never agree on everything in life – BUT, there ARE more diplomatic ways of expressing one’s view point. In the case of such a hated response … perhaps the most diplomatic way you could have chosen was just to say nothing at all!

Sara on

Unfortunately, Crystal failed to do her research and instead bought a gem plagued by MORE violence than diamonds.

Meghan on

@ Jen – Tony’s her kid from a previous relationship.

Meh, I think the look is quite tacky and messy. Also, the lack of a diamond because they don’t believe in the violence that occurs in the trade? There are diamonds that do not come from war-torn countries (Canada, for example) so there is no violence or injustice tied to those diamonds. I kind of just feel like she’s trying a bit too hard to be this earth-friendly, eco-conscious hippy type. Ok, feel free to hate on me now..

jurby on

wow, Kim, i don’t know what pic you’re looking at but Crystal is definitely not big nor are there any ‘rolls’. debbbb, let me guess, you’re a teeny-bopper who thinks neon leggings and rolling up one pant leg are oh-so fabulous fashion statements?

clare on

I love her style and respect that she can be herself. It shows that she is open minded and willing to embrace other cultures. Congrats to the happy couple! I wish I could see the ring!

Debbbb, I am curious… are you a kid or are you socially immature??? Just because she wore a hemp dress does not make her a “hippie wanna be”. People with your kind of attitude really hold culture and the world back. Unity and peace is better than your POV anyday. Besides, I consider her original… how many people her age “REALLY KNOW” what a hippie is. (…someone does not have a happy life). Hope you find your happiness Debb.

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