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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Susan on

I love this old fashioed theme. In the slideshow, they look so happy! Really nice!

Arminda on

I’m so glad beautiful and classic dresses are starting to make a comeback. With Duchess Kate, Nancy Shevell and now Lauren Bush with modern dresses with a classic beautiful touch.

Kat on

Beautiful lace, but what a horrible silhouette. Very unflattering and shapeless.

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Simone on

What a Gorgeous , gorgeous bride & her dress !! She is a natural beauty. Stunner. Sweet couple. Good luck to them.

sad but true on

not loving it…at all.

Helen O. Troy on

I guess I’m the last to ask the obvious…her married name is Lauren Lauren? Putting “Bush” in the middle doesn’t help. Yikes.

Marcia on

I absolutely love the dress but am not crazy about the headpiece. But she looks beautiful; it is a very classic dress that will stand the test of time after all the strapless dresses have become passé.

Cinder's mom on

It’s in the same “stunning” category as Kate’s dress was. A true and beautiful classic. Love the idea that she paired it with white western wedding boots. Gorgeous, Lauren.

Konichiwa on

I can’t get over how stunning this photo is!

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