Crystal Bowersox's Wedding Dress and Ring Details Revealed

10/13/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

Bob Berg

When Crystal Bowersox announced her engagement to fellow musician and longtime friend Brian Walker last month, she promised to be anything but the typical bridezilla — and from her unique earth-friendly dress to her diamond-free wedding ring, the season 9 American Idol runner-up seems to have stayed true to her word. The bride wore an organic, hemp and cotton wedding gown from Vermont designer Tara Lynn to exchange her vows on Sunday at the Chicago café where she first met Walker six years ago, saying ‘I do’ with a 1.1-carat princess cut ruby ring designed by Walker and crafted by Chicago’s Traci Coughlin and Steve Quick Jewelers. “There are no diamonds to be found as we don’t believe in the violence and injustice that occurs within the diamond trade industry,” Bowersox tells PEOPLE. “Both rings feature the masonry symbol, an infinity 8, and the Sanskrit symbol for the sound ‘om’ and a personal design that for us represents three: Brian, Crystal, and Tony.” As for her one of a kind wedding dress? “The gown is a simple princess line with an open back; a machine-knit hemp twine strap crisscrosses in back,” says designer, Tara Lynn. And new bride Bowersox couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. “I gave Tara Lynn the base ideas of what I wanted, and in three weeks, she created a beautiful gown made of hemp and cotton, with a handmade macramé and bead sunflower design on the front,” Crystal tells PEOPLE. “The train of the dress is a handmade design of hemp twine, sea shells, and beads, some of which came from pieces of sentimental jewelry.” Read more details on Crystal’s intimate Chicago wedding in the current issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. –Gillian Koenig; reporting by Marisa Laudadio

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KJC on

I love the idea behind the dress, and I usually love her hippie style, but I’ve got to be honest – I don’t think this dress is that flattering.
that said …as long as she felt beautiful, that’s really all that matters.

Teig Cline on

I think that the dress is original and looks fun to dance in. Congradulations Crystal!

Robin on

All I can say is BEAUTIFUL! Such a sweet and loving couple. Along w/Little T, I wish them the best. :)

Meghan on

I’m unclear as to why ‘noneofyourbusiness’s comment is hateful..? and why does her opinion suck?! the whole point of opinions is that not everyone has to agree with the same one. I agree with her that the wedding dress is tacky. I also don’t think that Crystal has a nice singing voice, but I don’t like the whole Janis Joplin scratchy screamy cigarette smoke sound. Whatever. Congrats to her that she found someone to marry, that’s cool, all the best. But as I already stated, her reasoning behind not buying a diamond ring is misguided – there are plenty of countries that don’t have conflict diamonds. That said, if she didn’t want a diamond ring, that’s her perogative. I just really think that everyone who is bashing “Debbbb”, “Kim”, “noneofyourbusiness”, etc, is doing the exact same thing that you are accusing these women of! Name calling and all that, so childish and judgemental. Silly.

Debbbb on

Well said Meghan.

Kade on

none of your business. So many generalizations in your post. I am a friend of Crystal’s. I don’t smoke pot, I shave my legs everyday and don’t consider myself a hippie. I am a CEO and have a post-graduate degree. I admire Crystal for her musical talent and more importantly; for her ability to remain true to herself. Additionally, she is someone who preaches love and tolerance of all people inspite of the years of bullying she experienced throughout her childhood. I think the world would be a better place if more people followed her example, that we need to love and care about humankind.
Crystal, Brian and Tony, I wish you all a lifetime of happiness and love.

EM on

What’s wrong with being hippie Debbbb? she’s just being who she is. Go away if you don’t have something nice to say. And btw, why don’t you post a pic of yourself so we can all see how you look like?

m on

Deb, I TOTALLY agree with you. I have disliked this unoriginal poser since she first appeared on Idol. Sorry Crystal, we already have a Janice. Go away.

Elyse on

Their was a young troll named Debbbbbbbbbbbbbb
Who put a rather vitriolic comment on this web
When she got bad reviews
A few more names she decided to use
But Noneofyourbusiness and Meghan
Were also better left unsaid !!!!!

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