Lauren Bush Lauren's Wedding Dress Took More Than 3,000 Hours to Create

11/17/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Lauren Bush Wedding DressCourtesy Norman Jean Roy for Vogue

When your future father-in-law is Ralph Lauren, you know your wedding dress is going to be pretty spectacular. But to newlywed Lauren Bush Lauren, getting to watch the design process unfold was almost as great as the gown itself.

“Any experience of a girl picking out her wedding dress is amazing,” she says in the December issue of Vogue. “But I have to say it was really special to work with [husband David Lauren's] dad, to see him in action with his team.” (Ralph also designed daughter Dylan’s dress for her June nuptials; she shared her photos in Vogue, as well.)

FEED founder Lauren exchanged ideas with Ralph casually before their first official design meeting at his studio in June. “I walked in, and there were these beautiful illustrations of the looks we’d discussed with my face on them,” she recalls. “It was like a dream come true.”

The result? A dress Lauren says “isn’t Victorian exactly. I wanted something modern as well, so there is the high-necked collar and puffed shoulders with the large open back.” The top layer of the dress was made of tulle in antique ivory; nearly 100 craftspeople spent more than 3,000 hours hand-embroidering the tulle with motifs of flowers and Renaissance-era scroll designs in ivory silk and metallic thread, Swarovski Elements crystals and off-white pearl beads.

Since the wedding took place in a 200-year-old barn on Ralph’s Double RL Ranch in Colorado, Lauren paired her gown with cowboy boots, and dressed her bridesmaids in white linen blouses, vests, vintage prairie skirts and cowboy boots, too. “They looked like Little House on the Prairie,” she says.

Lauren’s boots and dress served as her something new, her headpiece something old and a friend’s Victorian earrings something borrowed. As for her something blue? The bride says, laughing, “I wore blue socks.” Read more about the couple’s rustic nuptials on vogue.com.

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Sara on

So daring! I love it when people take a risk and its great to see something that isnt overtly sexed up. LOVE this.

lou on

Lauren Lauren, LOL!

Michele on

What an absolutely beautiful dress. More glamorous than Kate Middleton’s. It is captured quite lovely in the picture.

SusieQ on

Beautiful dress but way too much information for me. These things should be kept private especially since so much of the country is experiencing unemployment and hard times.$30,000 on a dress is a salary for most lower income familes. Being rich or from rich families is alright, but being the niece of an x-president, you would think she would be more reserved.

thetruth on

ILOVE this photo, it reminds me of a time I wish still existed

Lauren Bush Lauren’s Elaborate Wedding Gown (PHOTO) | Bumpshack.com on

[...] As PEOPLE details, “The top layer of the dress was made of tulle in antique ivory; nearly 100 craftspeople spent more than 3,000 hours hand-embroidering the tulle with motifs of flowers and Renaissance-era scroll designs in ivory silk and metallic thread, Swarovski Elements crystals and off-white pearl beads.” [...]

Nikki on

The dress is pretty, but I hate the head piece. And the thought of purposefully making your bridesmaids look like something out of The Little House on the Prairie is weird, and sounds like it’d take away from her gorgeous dress in a really bad way.

Laura on

The most beautiful gown and veil I’ve seen in almost 30 years. Hope this trend replaces the de rigueur strapless gowns that are so predictably boring.

Sarah S. on

Wow, this photo really looks like something around the turn of the 20th century! Amazing photography and a beautiful wedding dress as well!!

Sarah S. on

Additionally, I remember the day they got married because it was my daughter’s 11th birthday (September 4th).

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