Lauren Bush Lauren’s Wedding Dress Revealed
By Devorah Isenberg , Thursday, November 24, 2011
The December issue of Vogue carries within its glossy pages a closely guarded secret—photos of Lauren Bush’s wedding to David Lauren. When the socialite and non-profit coordinator of the famous Bush family (the former president is an uncle) first announced her engagement to the son of the multibillion dollar fashion and lifestyle emperor, all the public first noticed was the name similarity. Lauren Bush’s first name is spelled exactly the same (although pronounced slightly differently) than her fiance’s last name, which meant that if Bush decided to take Lauren’s name, her name would become Lauren Lauren.
But what the Vogue spread reveals is that Lauren’s wedding will have an impact far beyond the punch line of her quirky new name. The wedding, held at the Lauren family ranch in Colorado earlier this year, had a “rustic elegance” theme, with an all-American look that was timeless and perfectly unique all at the same time.
In her wedding photo shoot, Lauren wears one of the most unique wedding dresses the world has seen in a long time—one that is likely to become as iconic as Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. The Victorian-inspired gown, designed by father-of-the-groom Ralph Lauren, has a high neckline, long sleeves, and a generous open back for a modern twist on an old-fashioned look. The top layer of the dress, an ivory tulle, was embroidered by over 100 people, working for over 3,000 hours combined, with a floral motif rendered in Swarovski crystals, pearls, and ivory and metallic silk thread. The lower layer, a simple ivory silk, gave the dress its classic boned bodice, long train and draped silhouette.
Along with this opulent, Victorian-meets-modern dress, Lauren opted for a truly unique hairstyle—one that is likely to influence hundreds of brides who are looking for something elegant but low-maintenance, rustic and luxurious. With her hair parted and braided loosely towards the nape of her neck with pioneer-girl simplicity, Lauren topped off her look with a stunning 1930’s-style beaded headband that circled low over her forehead and anchored her billowing raw-tulle veil. Peeking from beneath her hair was a simple pair of diamond drop earrings
—apart from her engagement ring and wedding band, the bride’s only jewelry. That engagement ring
, a simple princess-cut solitaire in a cathedral prong setting, is just another example of Lauren’s tasteful style.
But despite the extravagance and opulence of her dress and jewelry, Lauren’s wedding day look also incorporated the Old West theme of her wedding day. After all, we’re talking about a wedding where the bride was transported to the reception in a horse and carriage, and where the bridesmaids wore pioneer-style skirts and blouses. And although they are not visible in the Vogue photos, Lauren explains that underneath her extravagantly embroidered dress, she wore blue cotton socks and cowboy boots. Now, that’s a wedding style trend worth imitating!
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