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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lexy on

gorgeous!!!

harr on

cant wait to see jessica in this dress

Darja on

Beautiful dress!! Anyone know anything about the painting used by Ms Herrera for inspiration?? It looks familiar but I can’t place it.

N.H on

Another almost forgotten by everyone celeb getting married for the 2nd time in an over the top gown and reception so that it
Will be featured in all of the tabloids and pay her lotsa money.
Of course, she has, has 2 kiddies in tow and she pledges her
“Eternal , Forever and Always, Once in a Lifetime (make that
Twice in a Lifetime), True Love. Jess & Kim, go bye bye.

Holly on

It does like quite similar to the one she wore for her first wedding, but I guess she knows what she likes and sticks to it. I’m starting to favor all of the dresses that now have gorgeous lace sleeves and whatnot.

lola on

The design looks beautiful, although I wish it weren’t strapless. Jessica is very busty for a strapless dress and they never really look good on anyone. I love that there was some gold color in the dress. Congrats on the wedding!

lola on

Who cares if she already has two children?!! At least this is a wedding to their Father! She was a virgin when she married Nick. She waited and that is more than most of you pointing your perfect finger at her can say for yourselves. So, she had a big wedding, wore a wedding dress and veil. Oh my goodness, it’s the end of the world. Get over yourselves! A wedding is a party, a celebration and she can celebrate however she sees fit.

Jenny on

I find it interesting that being the designer she is, she didn’t design her own gown???

Emma on

@Nikki, I was thinking the same things! The sketch looks a lot like her first wedding gown. But it probably did look different in person. Maybe she just really liked the style of the first one and decided to make it even better the second time around?

Ally on

I think it looks beautiful! And the gold makes it unique. I’ll be excited to see some pics :)

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