Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt surprised the world when they recently announced that they tied the knot on their estate in France. But what was even more surprising was Jolie's custom Versace gown. Upon first glance, it looked as though her children colored all over her white silk-satin gown. But in fact, the embroidered drawings on the elongated train and veil were a very intentional way for Jolie and Pitt to share their long-awaited nuptials with their children.
In an interview with Hello! magazine, Jolie said: "I wanted the kids to be a part of everything, including the dress, because that's our family. That represents the way we live our life together."
Love it or hate it, the design certainly sparked some conversation. Here's what local bridal gurus had to say about the creation:
"There's a lot of attention being paid to the ball gown style. Not everyone wants that, but to me, the big statement was the absence of lace. Finally! A wedding dress without lace. That's what I'm known for. Angelina's dress was classic meets really modern."
"Angelina looked beautiful, but I was surprised to see her wearing something so traditional. I thought it was a touching tribute to her children and their family to include the children's drawings, however the artwork could have been showcased somewhere other than her veil."
"It is already so popular to personalize your dress by using your grandmother's lace or sewing in your new initials. But Angelina took that to her own level, which is something we can expect from a style icon. She made it something so worthy of being talked about by incorporating those drawings. Could anyone pull that off? No. But Angelina Jolie could because she is who she is. Brides can take a cue from her, maybe not to that extreme, but find ways to make their dress their own and incorporate their own special touches."
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While Angelina is often a style icon, setting the trend and tone for all of us to follow, she reserved the right to wear something that was beautiful and sentimental to her and I have to respect that. I was not overly impressed with the design or detail and only think the silhouette choice may influence brides to consider something more traditional and simple again."
"I loved the classic, simple elegance of her dress, and I loved that she chose a dress that says bride. (Not sexy vixen.) The veil was priceless; you can tell the veil and the designs by the children on it were really the focal point of the look, and she carried it wonderfully. She will be setting a new trend in personalizing your day and look for 2015 and beyond."
"Her dress was simple, classic and timeless . . . Her veil, which featured drawings by her six children, was unusual."
"Angelina's Versace dress was simply beautiful. It was a very classic bridal style and silhouette that will have a timeless appeal for brides of the future. But I think the part people are going to remember most is her veil. It's a unique way to incorporate the bride's children into her wedding-day look. Will this become a new trend or will this be Angelina's iconic statement? We look forward to finding out."