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The process of finding the perfect wedding dress can be an emotional experience for anyone…even the celebrity bride.
As Jennifer Garcia of PEOPLE magazine’s StyleWatchreports, new bride Vanessa Minnillo relied on her matron of honor and groom to be for support making this important decision:
When Vanessa Minnillo ventured out for that wedding dress shopping trip every girl dreams of, it didn’t go as expected. Minnillo, whose birth mother hasn’t been in her life for more than 20 years, struggled with not having her mom there with her on that special day.
“Normally this is something you do with your mother, and my birth mother hasn’t been in my life since I was 9,” she explains emotionally to PEOPLE.
“I have been okay with that up until now but for some unexplained reason, it really overtook me. I felt lost, confused and sad. It was very emotional.” With her matron of honor, friend Jennifer Birmingham-Lee, by her side, Minnillo worked with Monique Lhuillier to try and find the perfect dress.
“This was the hardest decision in the whole wedding planning … probably because I didn’t have the support of Nick [Lachey],” Minnillo says.
“We decided everything together, even his [Dolce & Gabbana] tux. For the first time, I felt a little bit alone.” To gain some clarity, the bride-to-be decided to ask for her groom’s opinion.
“I said, ‘What do you want to see me in when you marry me and I become Mrs. Lachey?’” she recalls. And much to Minnillo’s surprise, Lachey didn’t give a generic male response and instead, was eager to say, “Something traditional with a little modern flair.”
So following their chat, Minnillo headed back to Lhuillier’s Los Angeles boutique … and the rest is history. “Literally the next day I went to Monique and tried on my three dresses for the zillionth time. As soon as I put it on, I knew this was it.”
What do you think of Vanessa’s Monique Lhuillier bridal gown? Let us know!
To see more of Vanessa and Nick’s wedding, check out the current issue of PEOPLE magazine.
Blog post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of PEOPLE magazine.
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Ladies! If you haven’t already met Monique Lhuillier, allow us to make the introduction.
Born and raised in the Philippines, the designer came to Los Angeles to study fashion at FIDM where she met her husband and business collaborator Tom Bubgee.
While planning her own nuptials in 1995, the young bride saw a void in the fashion-meets-bridal category and became inspired to start her own collection of gowns. And the rest is history.
Her looks have been featured widely by magazine editors and snapped up by celebrities, making her one of the most sought after designers around.
It’s about time we shared some of her gorgeous creations, this grouping from her Spring 2011 collection. Enjoy the show!
Everything’s coming up roses in this silk white embroidered and strapless dress with a hi-low skirt covered in tulle roses.
Set the butterflies free with this ivory embroidered stain organza and strapless gown. The draped bodice opens to a trumpet skirt with cascading butterflies. Dreamy.
Keep it short and sweet in this little number with an ivory embellished re-embroidered lace corset and organza ruffled skirt.
Strapless and seamed, this ivory satin gown features and exaggerated trumpet skirt and stylish waist bow.
Divinely draped, this ivory pebbled georgette strapless gown seduces with an asymmetric sheath and side slit.
To find out more about Monique Lhullier and her designs visit at moniquelhuillier.com.
Blog Post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Monique Lhuillier.