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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LuLu on

Kind of over the top for a second wedding (for both!). I imagine she’ll be much like J Lo, where every wedding is over the top, and the marriage is a fairy tale…until it ends! Then on to the next one.

Isn’t a wedding supposed to be about the joining of 2 people, the start of a stable life together? If that was truly their goal, why be engaged for 4 years? I’m not the morality police, but at some point, having 2 children, wouldn’t they have wanted just a simple ceremony, rather than putting it off? Jessica’s had the big wedding. Is she really that self absorbed to keep putting off marrying this man to look perfect on the big day??? Kudos to stars like Drew Barrymore who realize what the actual day is for, and get married prior to the birth of their child!

That being said, I hope this marriage lasts, and those kids grow up in a loving, stable home!

Purple on

Boring dress. The marriage won’t last either. She’s an airhead. Next!!!!

Mommie Dearest on

That is quite possibly the most underwhelming “inspiration board” I’ve ever seen.

Jane on

Is Jessica Simpson famous for anything other than having 2 kids back-to-back out of wedlock and Weight Watchers?

Cheesy on

Only Carolina Herrera would be inspired by Elisabeth of Austria (picture on inspiration wall), reknown in her day as the mot beautiful woman in the world. And sadly completely nutty. Interested to see how the gold is worked in.

cypresstex on

wow !!! beautiful gown – $$$ can buy anything – 2nd marriages 2 kids – lavish reception, wedding gown and veil : Only In America – monies & fame are venerable

Terry on

Love the dress . . . think she is an inspiration of what a ‘lady’ is suppose to look like and ‘act’ like! Wish her all the luck with her marriage, hubby and beautiful babies!

sam on

I’m so excited to see her in her dress… she could wear a paper bag and look incredible… I’m sure she was a knock out!

mjh on

Sounds pretty.

Ebonyone on

I really like her… can not wait to see the wedding photos..

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