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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guest on

oh brother, how long is People going to stretch this story line? Please make sure to tell us in EVERY story how she’s lost weight!

Tee on

After reading these comments I see it’s a lot of haters out there and I guess “perfect ppl” out there that’s worry about her having two kids out of wedlock…am pretty sure half these ppl who comment probably have children out of wedlock so just be happy for the girl and so what if she wants a big wedding for the second time she ain’t the first or the last to do that and if half of y’all had the money u would too so stop fronting behind these computers #haters

janie on

The dress looks incredible! Good luck to both!!

Carol Sullivan on

What a lovely dress for a beautiful woman!
I wish them only the best!

jenna on

What is it with her and football players? She had to have an over the top SECOND wedding because she never got over Tony and his beautiful wife.

Susie on

@Nicole: Nope—they’re real. Remember that tactless, classless, creepy comment by her father?

Juli on

What a beautiful dress! I love Carolina Herrera’s style.

Daphne on

A beautiful gown but a bit much for a second wedding.

Linny on

Too much focus on the dress/wedding and not the marriage.

JP on

The wedding dress is beautiful. Hope they have a happy life together. Their two children are adorable.

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