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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Jenb64 on

At least she wore champagne instead of white (Kim K, pay attention!).

The blue ribbon sewn in didn’t help Renee Zellweger when she married Kenny Chesney. Just sayin’.

did she on

Beautiful girl, beautiful dress….I just hope her boobs were contained in it. Strange that I saw the pictures of her and Nick’s wedding and some leading up to that on a recent Hollywood Access show and she didn’t have all that chest back then. Did she have a boob job? Not hating, just wondering.

fiona on

way over the top for the 2nd time around but when you have money to burn, those things don’t matter.

Phibzy on

I would think a strapless wedding gown would be so uncomfortable and I’d be worrying the whole time about something (real or fake) popping out!

Oleo on

Nothing NEW. Lack of inspiration and creativity, CH team?

Guest on

Some of the comments are really mean as usual. I sense some jealousy too in regards to her boobs. Get over it lol. The dress is gorgeous and so what if she already had 2 kids out of wedlock geez..prudes!

Kate on

I bear no ill will toward anyone wishing a beautiful wedding and a beautiful gown, and having “her day” as she dreamed it (twice), but at the same time, I ask myself “what happened to the history of a white gown and the veil, and what they represent?” I’m not as senior citizen or even close, but that said, I realize I must be old fashioned or have outdated ideals because a divorced women, with two children born before marriage to their father, is just silly to wear a long, full gown and a veil at all.

I have no problem with same sex marriages, combined families, children to couples who do not marry, and any other unique arrangements to make a family. A family is a family.

Still, were I in her position, I wouldn’t pretend I’m a Virgin Bride — again. I’d simply wear as beautiful dress (not a gown), appropriate for the month of July, and flowers in my hair. It’s a mature, sensible, and logical choice, and would be true to my circumstances in life.

Anonymous on

So many of you are incredibly nasty. Why can’t you just be happy for her and send her good wishes. Why do you have to pick apart every choice she makes? If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything.

It’s her day, let her do what she wants. Sheesh.

julesparis2013 on

I dunno….I was expecting something more demure considering that this is her 2nd marriage, she has 2 kids and has been living with whats-his-name for several years now. But hey! It’s her big day, her money, and her desire so that’s all that matters. What doesn’t matter is what others think, so why are we invited to make a comment?

Melissa on

Really beautiful!

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