Lauren Bush Lauren's Wedding Dress Took More Than 3,000 Hours to Create

11/17/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Lauren Bush Wedding DressCourtesy Norman Jean Roy for Vogue

When your future father-in-law is Ralph Lauren, you know your wedding dress is going to be pretty spectacular. But to newlywed Lauren Bush Lauren, getting to watch the design process unfold was almost as great as the gown itself.

“Any experience of a girl picking out her wedding dress is amazing,” she says in the December issue of Vogue. “But I have to say it was really special to work with [husband David Lauren’s] dad, to see him in action with his team.” (Ralph also designed daughter Dylan’s dress for her June nuptials; she shared her photos in Vogue, as well.)

FEED founder Lauren exchanged ideas with Ralph casually before their first official design meeting at his studio in June. “I walked in, and there were these beautiful illustrations of the looks we’d discussed with my face on them,” she recalls. “It was like a dream come true.”

The result? A dress Lauren says “isn’t Victorian exactly. I wanted something modern as well, so there is the high-necked collar and puffed shoulders with the large open back.” The top layer of the dress was made of tulle in antique ivory; nearly 100 craftspeople spent more than 3,000 hours hand-embroidering the tulle with motifs of flowers and Renaissance-era scroll designs in ivory silk and metallic thread, Swarovski Elements crystals and off-white pearl beads.

Since the wedding took place in a 200-year-old barn on Ralph’s Double RL Ranch in Colorado, Lauren paired her gown with cowboy boots, and dressed her bridesmaids in white linen blouses, vests, vintage prairie skirts and cowboy boots, too. “They looked like Little House on the Prairie,” she says.

Lauren’s boots and dress served as her something new, her headpiece something old and a friend’s Victorian earrings something borrowed. As for her something blue? The bride says, laughing, “I wore blue socks.” Read more about the couple’s rustic nuptials on


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regina on

gosh, i just love the picture. it is so old-fashioned and romantic. great work. the dress is very beautiful too.

Carol on

That dress took my breath away. The pictures in Vogue were just amazing. What a beautiful couple they made…I hope they have a long and happy life together. Thanking them for making my day when they shared those lovely pictures with us…

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Natasha on

IOmg! I love this photo! Her dress is romantic, different, and beautiful! Definitely something reminisent of an era gone. Gorgeous!

tg on

I love it. Nice to see something other than the typical sleeveless dresses that are only occasionally flattering to the bride.

dazey on

Handsome groom, attractive, but ordinary looking bride. Gorgeous dress. Wedding…well, IMO a little bit tacky. It was their wedding though – so what business is it of mine? None!

Petra on

wow…how very beautiful…simply elegant

melis on

Omgosh, his pants are too short! Otherwise, gorgeous.

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