Angelina Jolie on Her Wedding Gown: 'It Was Great Fun Putting it Together'

09/03/2014 at 08:30 AM ET

Angelina Jolie‘s wedding gown was many things, but it certainly wasn’t predictable. When looking for the perfect dress in which to wed Brad Pitt, 50, at their home in France Saturday, the actress, 39, knew exactly who to turn to: Atelier Versace’s master tailor Luigi Massi — with a little extra help from her six children. Get all the scoop on the one-of-a-kind creation, below.

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Massi, a longtime friend of the bride, created a white silk satin gown which looks ever so traditional from the front, with its fitted bodice and flowing skirt — but the back tells a very different story.

Hand-stitched with dozens of drawings, the gown and complementary veil show off the creative talents of Jolie and groom Brad Pitt’s six children: Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and 6-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

Partnering with Massi — who also designed Jolie’s 2012 Oscar gown, featuring the now-iconic thigh-high slit — the actress devised the idea of incorporating her children’s artwork into the look. (And quite possibly pioneering the first known example of haute couture-meets-fridge art … refrigerature?)

“Luigi is like family to me and I couldn’t imagine anyone else making this dress,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive cover story, which showcases photos of the dress, the intimate ceremony and the entire family’s celebration. “He knows and cares for the children, and it was great fun putting it together.”

For Massi, the opportunity to incorporate the work of the family’s young artists was particularly meaningful. “I have watched the children grow up and I loved creating with their drawings,” the Italian designer tells PEOPLE. “I was honored to be asked to make the dress.

— Michelle Tauber and Mary Green

For Brad and Angelina’s complete wedding album, all the details of their big day and more of the couple’s interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Wednesday.

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Desiree on

I can’t think of anyone else who could have pulled this off as well as she did! Beautiful idea and a testament to what she is all about . . . family. Wish I could meet her one day; she and Brad seem to have been made for each other with the causes and issues they both hold so dear. Congratulations to both of them and their lovely family.

Guest on

I’m hoping to see a photo of the back of her dress. I love the idea of incorporating the children and their artwork into the wedding. It sounds as though they are one of the main reasons Brad and Angelina chose to be married. Wishing them happiness and love!!!

patti on

I think she is a great humanatian and dose a lot for adopting children. I as adopted.

Smithy on

I love this couple and I often wonder if their kids are well behaved, polite and respectful. I can give them props for being family oriented but who knows if those kids are entitled and spoiled. It will be interesting to witness what kind of adults they become.

Aussie cathie on

You can just see how much she loves her dress and what it means to her…. Unlike Kimmy Trashbag s bib fiasco ….

Sunny on

Sweet. Is the magazine in stores? I went to my local grocery store and they still have last weeks. I want this magazine.

Susan on

Smithy: Sou only need watch the children together to know they are very well behaved children. They hold hands where ever they go, and they are always smiling. It shows how much they feel loved….they are each others best friend, as families were in early generations.

Susan on

Smithy: I type for my own good….I mean “You” only need…….

Bill on

This really isn’t going to end, is it?

Kimber on

Smithy, from what I have heard from people who have been around them, all of their children are extremely well behaved and polite.

I think this dress and veil are absolutely spectacular! It certainly isn’t a look that just anyone could pull off..but it fits Angelina perfectly! I’m so happy for her, Brad, and their family.

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