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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SusiQ on

So beautiful, so Crystal. Good luck, best wishes

CIBBEE on

Don’t care for the dreadlocks but she otherwise seems genuine and I hope the best for her, brian and her son…..

Sue on

Beautiful Dress, Beautiful Bride… Beautiful couple!!!! so happy for you & proud of you!!! <3

Deltamama on

Noone is telling ole debbbb she can’t have an opinion, we are just using our freedom of speech to let her know we think her opinion sucks and is hateful, kinda like yours -noneofyourbusiness
And as for you, u are EXACTLY why I don’t care to be labeled a hippie. You are under the deluted impression that everyone that dresses this way and cares more for the environment than money is a hairey, pot-smoking loser. I shave, I don’t smoke pot and I work my as* off everyday as a Medical Coding Specialist in order to support my two beautiful boys. I also love the Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic and all the other “hippie, pot-smoking music”. Now, how ya gonna fit me into your closed-minded stereotypes!!!

Callie on

Congrats to Crystal and Brian! Brian is a VERY lucky man. To the haters – It’s not the “Janis Joplin look;” it’s the Crystal Bowersox look. If all you’re going to do is criticize wonderful musicians, especially their wedding pictures, just leave. Nobody wants you here.

peacelove&happiness on

wow i’m not by any means a hippie but why do people feel it’s necessary to bash someone for being herself on her wedding day? why does it matter how much her ring costs? that wasnt the point of not buying a ring with diamonds if you actually read her reasoning behind it. and the rediculous comments about “hippies” is some lame prejudice gestures from people who are probably miserable with their own lives so they have to transfer their anger on someone who is celebrating their love and committment with someone special. seriously grow up and get over yourselves.

Jon on

That’s all nice to hear!

Happy 4 Them on

I’m so happy for them. Peace, love and unity all part of what we like to call, “The Modern Day Hippie Movement.” lol (Joke between my friends) She looks absolutely beautiful, i love her hair.

Abby on

The dress is original. It’s her day and I’m sure she’s feeling awesome about it. More power to her. Frankly I think some of you should refrain from responding to hate comments. Free speech or not, ignore them and they will go away. They enjoy the attention and it takes away from the fact that comments are meant to be about the article, not about the hate.

Beth on

Good luck to Crystal and Brian – starting out as friends is the best way to start a relationship and then a marriage! She should have won AI – the “tweeny” vote is what did her in – Lee got that! Anyhow, she and her new hubby have music in common – another good way to begin a marriage. Whether you agree with her lifestyle or not, she is a great singer! Love to both of them!

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