Jessica Biel: 'It Took a Leap of Faith' to Wear a Pink Wedding Dress

12/06/2012 at 08:00 AM ET

Jessica Biel ELLE Cover

We were as surprised as anyone to see Jessica Biel in a pink gown on her wedding day. And as it turns out, the bride herself was a bit surprised about the unconventional choice, too.

“[Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuchsia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection,” Biel says in the January issue of ELLE. “And I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink.”

The final result was, of course, that now-famous dress: a custom petal-pink strapless gown of silk mousseline and silk organza with a light-pink floral motif. “It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined,” she admits in the cover story. “[Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.”

Though Biel was somewhat hesitant to wear a pink gown, she never envisioned herself walking down the aisle in anything particularly traditional, either.

“I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least,” she says. “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear.” Well, we’d say mission accomplished.

To read Biel’s interview — and to see the actress posing with some of fashion’s greatest designers (she’s seen below with Valli) — pick up the January issue of ELLE, on newsstands Dec. 18, or visit Tell us: How do you feel about non-white wedding dresses? 

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–Jennifer Cress


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Erin on

Whatever color makes you happy! Weddings don’t have to fit a mold, and if the bride feels great in the dress, then it’s perfect.

Sara on

Wow, you would think by the sounds of this article she is the first person to ever wear a pink wedding dress.

Donna on

I loved her dress! I’m basically very traditional about wedding dresses, but that’s just me. Really, you should wear whatever you want, and have the kind of wedding you want. The dress looked great on her, because it was what SHE wanted to wear. It was totally “her.” Good job!

Kim on

If I rmember correctly Gwen Stefani wore a pink wedding dress. It’s really not that uncommon. Most all wedding stores sell bridal gowns in ‘Blush” and various shades of pink. Personally, I find them a lot more flattering on most people than stark white.

FaithC on

I personally was not a fan of her dress or the pink. And, I am a HUGE fan of her style. But, one reason I love her style…is because she’s a risk taker. That’s why her wedding dress was perfect for HER! It’s “our” day to make it what we want it to be…and, it was perfect for her. LOVE Jessica & Justin.

Sue on

One of the MOST BEAUTIFUL wedding gowns I have ever seen on a celebrity or otherwise. Gorgeous. Perfect. Stunning. Absolutely the perfect choice……… Congratulations :)

TeriA on

Pink is my favorite color so I especially loved it. It looked great on her. I was surprised to see her wear a pink dress but it did make her look gorgeous.

Mouse on

I’m all about non-traditional! I wore a tartan wedding dress to my big day :) I’m a bigger girl…a white is not the most slimming so…I made a choice to fit my theme, and my body! I felt beautiful.

Kitchy on

She doesn’t actually say it’s a leap of faith to wear a pink gown, she said it was a leap of faith to have him design it in a way she didn’t originally want. There’s a big difference.

Sarah on

Marry in pink, your spirits will sink.

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