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Ten Celebrity Wedding Dresses

Updated on December 28, 2012

To love and adore...

Whether for inspiration or admiration, celebrities can have wonderful and varied tastes in wedding gowns.

This lens features ten of my favorite celebrity brides and their wedding gowns -- I hope some delight while others surprise you.

Warm up the kettle for your tea, grab a cookie and let's take a walk down memory lane.

Currently my selections are sorted by year.

~ Claire Birks

"The market for wedding dresses is more often than not led by emotion and aspiration rather than rational decisions and financial constraints."

Elizabeth Taylor - 1950

Elizabeth Taylor married Conrad Hilton in 1950 wearing a traditional satin and lace gown wedding gown. The gown was supposedly a gift from MGM, the studio she was signed with at the time, and designed by costume designer Helen Rose (also with MGM). I love the tight corset on this dress combined with the full skirt. I also love the illusion of bare skin on the décolletage shoulders and neck.

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Audrey Hepburn - 1954

Audrey Hepburn Wedding Dress
Audrey Hepburn Wedding Dress

Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferrer in 1954 while wearing a Blamain gown of chiffon. Audrey has always had a unique fashion sense and it is hard for me not to like this structured dress which totally suits her. She has been a style icon for women, fashion designers, and other artists (especially photographers) for decades and she still continues to inspire.

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Caroline Kennedy - 1986

Caroline Kennedy Wedding Dress
Caroline Kennedy Wedding Dress

Caroline Kennedy married Edwin Schlossberg in 1986 wearing a Carolina Herrera white silk organza gown. This iconic woman was also featured on the cover of Life magazine (right) in one of my favorite photos of her. The dress has a unique looking drop waist and being Irish I cannot help but love all the lace shamrocks on the bodice.

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Carolyn Bessette - 1996

Carolyn Bessette Wedding Dress
Carolyn Bessette Wedding Dress

Carolyn Bessette married into the iconic Kennedy family when she exchanged "I do's" with John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996. She wore a simple slip silk dress designed by Narciso Rodriguez. I love the complete simplicity of this alluring dress.

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Rebecca Romijn - 2007

Rebecca Romijn Wedding Dress
Rebecca Romijn Wedding Dress

Rebecca Romijn married Jerry O'Connell in 2007 while wearing a Ralph Lauren lace gown. For me, the texture (so many beads so little time) makes this low cut dress a winner and an incredibly pretty dress. The dress is perfectly balanced with her beautifully contagious smile.

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Christina Hendricks - 2009

Christina Hendricks Wedding Dress
Christina Hendricks Wedding Dress

Christina Hendricks married Geoffrey Arend in 2009 looking perfectly proportioned in a Carolina Herrera gown. This strapless dress is cinched in all the right places and still manages to show off yards of fabric. I love that she wore brightly colored flats that look perfectly matched to her hair color!

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Alyssa Milano - 2009

Alyssa Milano Wedding Gown
Alyssa Milano Wedding Gown

Alyssa Milano married David Bugliari in 2009 while wearing a Vera Wang wedding gown. The dress had a unique side wave ruffle on the bodice which some have coined as a crumb catcher but I love it. The celebrity dresses that Wang has designed is endless and while this may not be one of my favorite Wang dresses it is one of my fave celebrity wedding dresses -- I am a "charmed" girl at heart.

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Megan Fox - 2010

Megan Fox Wedding Dress
Megan Fox Wedding Dress

Megan Fox married Brian Green in 2010 in a wedding gown by Armani Prive. She walked down the sandy isle barefoot with oodles of flowing silk chiffon -- so romantic. There looks like there was enough fabric in the veil to make another dress. Did you know that Megan Fox also has tattoos?

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Kate Middleton - 2011

Kate Middleton (Princess Catherine) Wedding Gown
Kate Middleton (Princess Catherine) Wedding Gown

Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011 wearing a beautiful lace and silk Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton. Her dress is extremely flattering and perfectly balanced. The Irish lace is delicate showing just enough skin and while the dress's train is long enough to be considered "royal" it was not excessive.

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Jessica Biel - 2012

Jessica Biel Pink Wedding Gown
Jessica Biel Pink Wedding Gown

Jessica Biel married Justin Timberlake in 2012 wearing a playful pink dress of silk mousseline and organza designed by Giambattista Valli. There is something very decadent about pink wedding dresses. As well as being a favorite celebrity wedding dress, it is a favorite colored wedding dress. Can you imagine how beautiful they looked on the dance floor?

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Honorable Mentions - Other Gowns I Love

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Jada Pinkett married Will Smith in 1997 wearing a crushed velvet and silk gown by Badgely Mischka. This is one of my favorite designers and a demure dress for an actress who is not afraid to show a little skin. I wish we could have seen more picturesGwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale in 2002 while wearing a silk ombre gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior. She was well before her time with this ombre styling which has become an incredibly hot trend from hair to clothing.Elizabeth Banks married Max Handelman in 2003 wearing a silk chiffon gown by Christian Dior. Lots of beautiful fabric for an otherwise simple looking dress.Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise in 2006 while wearing a Armani Gown with extravagant Swarovski crystals. She looked like a princess.Julianna Margulies married Keith Liberthal 2007 wearing an empire waist Narciso Rodriguez gown. I love the non-traditional look of this dress mixed with traditional looking long gloves. It looks like something Emme (Jane Austen) might wear.Khloe Kardashian married Lamar Omen in 2008 wearing a lovely Vera Wang gown. I do not really consider reality TV stars to be celebrities but she is curvy and I love her dress.
Jada Pinkett married Will Smith in 1997 wearing a crushed velvet and silk gown by Badgely Mischka. This is one of my favorite designers and a demure dress for an actress who is not afraid to show a little skin. I wish we could have seen more pictures
Jada Pinkett married Will Smith in 1997 wearing a crushed velvet and silk gown by Badgely Mischka. This is one of my favorite designers and a demure dress for an actress who is not afraid to show a little skin. I wish we could have seen more pictures
Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale in 2002 while wearing a silk ombre gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior. She was well before her time with this ombre styling which has become an incredibly hot trend from hair to clothing.
Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale in 2002 while wearing a silk ombre gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior. She was well before her time with this ombre styling which has become an incredibly hot trend from hair to clothing.
Elizabeth Banks married Max Handelman in 2003 wearing a silk chiffon gown by Christian Dior. Lots of beautiful fabric for an otherwise simple looking dress.
Elizabeth Banks married Max Handelman in 2003 wearing a silk chiffon gown by Christian Dior. Lots of beautiful fabric for an otherwise simple looking dress.
Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise in 2006 while wearing a Armani Gown with extravagant Swarovski crystals. She looked like a princess.
Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise in 2006 while wearing a Armani Gown with extravagant Swarovski crystals. She looked like a princess.
Julianna Margulies married Keith Liberthal 2007 wearing an empire waist Narciso Rodriguez gown. I love the non-traditional look of this dress mixed with traditional looking long gloves. It looks like something Emme (Jane Austen) might wear.
Julianna Margulies married Keith Liberthal 2007 wearing an empire waist Narciso Rodriguez gown. I love the non-traditional look of this dress mixed with traditional looking long gloves. It looks like something Emme (Jane Austen) might wear.
Khloe Kardashian married Lamar Omen in 2008 wearing a lovely Vera Wang gown. I do not really consider reality TV stars to be celebrities but she is curvy and I love her dress.
Khloe Kardashian married Lamar Omen in 2008 wearing a lovely Vera Wang gown. I do not really consider reality TV stars to be celebrities but she is curvy and I love her dress.

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