All About Jessica Biel's 'Whimsical, Dramatic' Pink Wedding Gown

10/25/2012 at 08:00 AM ET

Jessica Biel Wedding DressMichael Muller

When it came to selecting the perfect gown for her Oct. 19 wedding to Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel was a bit overwhelmed.

“It’s so hard to choose the dress,” she tells PEOPLE, which features exclusive photos and details from the couple’s special day in this week’s issue.

To help her along, the bride turned to longtime friend and designer, Giambattista Valli. “I was really comfortable talking to him about something really important like this,” says the actress, 30.

Ultimately, Valli created a custom petal-pink strapless gown of silk mousseline and silk organza with a light-pink floral motif that “was whimsical and dramatic,” says Biel. Her wedding look also included a heartfelt detail: Her floor-length veil was adorned with pearls from her grandmother’s wedding day tiara.

Valli also outfitted Biel’s four bridesmaids along with her mom, Kim, and Timberlake’s mother, Lynn Harless, for the big day.

As the reception rolled on into the wee hours, Biel changed into a silk shantung and macrame lace strapless dress from Valli’s spring collection.

For more about Biel’s fantasy wedding gown — and to hear Timberlake’s reaction! — pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on sale Friday.

–Jennifer Garcia

PHOTOS: SEE MORE STARS IN PINK WEDDING GOWNS

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nekaiyawtrotman on

Reblogged this on LemonadeOuttaLemons and commented:
Jessica beil looked goregeous in pink on her wedding day!

Lily on

She looked gorgeous. So happy for her.

Karima on

I love her dress. Congrats.

itsallgoodnroanoke on

Her dress was SO NEAT N COLOR, I LOVE IT! Have a BLESSED LIFE, ITS ALL GOOD NOW!.

Cathy on

It looks like a waiter spilled a bottle of red wine on her.

Julianna on

I loved everything about Jessica’s dress (and I don’t even like her): the shade, the design… She looks so happy and serene. I wish them both a lifetime of joy and happiness.

Shea on

Absolutely beautiful. And it’s personal to her as it should be on her wedding day.

mandy on

Love the pic. Can not believe PEOPLE put Britney on the cover with them though. I think it’s totally disrespectful and tacky. It’s a strategically placed picture and whoever did it, knew exactly what they were doing.

Tigs on

Its pretty, but I pictured it in my head to be all white with just the bottom pink dipped, saw one like that on Say Yes to The Dress and it was beautiful.

Mandi on

You realize she wore a pink dress for October….love it!

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