Jessica Simpson's Wedding Dress Exclusive: See the Gorgeous Sketch and Inspiration Board

07/06/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Jessica Simpson Carolina Herrera Wedding Dress SketchInset: Dimitrios Kambouris

For her nuptials to Eric Johnson on July 5, Jessica Simpson didn’t opt for a slinky silhouette to show off her incredible post-baby body. Instead Simpson, who turns 34 on July 10, teamed up with fashion icon Carolina Herrera to create a sumptuous champagne and gold strapless multi-layer tulle gown.

“The whole dress is embroidered in gold and feels very regal,” Herrera tells PEOPLE of the design. Her goal was to transform the bride into a “beautiful golden girl,” says Herrera, who first met Simpson at Vanity Fair‘s post-Oscars party in 2010 and recently dressed her for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May.

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To complete the custom look, Simpson wore a cathedral length veil, Brian Atwood shoes and Neil Lane jewelry. As a final touch, Herrera added a blue ribbon on the inside of the gown as Simpson’s something blue. “I always do that because I think it brings good luck,” says Herrera, who also shared her inspiration board for the dress with PEOPLE.

Jessica Simpson Carolina Herrera Wedding Dress inspiration boardCourtesy Carolina Herrera

For all the details about Jessica Simpson’s wedding – and her exclusive wedding album – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday! What do you think of Simpson’s bridal gown? Are you excited to see the whole look?

–Michelle Tan

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soonergirl on

There’s no question it’s a beautiful dress, but it’s over the top more than I imagined. Cathedral length veil?? It’s her choice, but I think a simple, sophisticated gown with small headpiece would have been more appropriate. Congrats and good luck to them!

Really? on

OOOH look what billions of dollars will buy! I’m happy for the family but I will not contribute to her wealth! Sickening! Best wishes!

dawnisaho on

Nothing like toning it down for the second wedding… classless

Anya on

Another puffy gown?! Hmmm.

Jo on

So why shoud this bimbo be having a big formal wedding ? Like the Kardashian trash this isn’t her first trip down to the alter and she takes not ONE but TWO kids from unwedded bliss with her ! I swear I am getting sooooo sick of these Hollywood types who won’t do it unless it can be done for publicity. Bravo to all the celebs who have small informal or family and friends frendly affairs or just go off to the court- house !

Anna on

Oh LOOK my couch fabric on her inspiration board LOL

Jo on

When are these Hollywood types going to learn, you wear a wedding gown for your FIRST wedding, you get married BEFORE you have kids and you don’t do it for publicity, you do it for LOVE !!!

sandy on

Is it appropriate to wear a dress like that for your second wedding? I mean two kids already and all- seems a little much!

kew on

Looks a lot like her first dress, except the gold. She has to show off the ta ta’s doesn’t she? I would have liked to see her do something with a strap this time. Would have been different for her and classier.

Lila on

Beautiful!

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