Top 15 Silver Screen Wedding Dresses & the Sassy Sirens Lucky Enough to Wear Them

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As much of my life is consumed by weddings – whether it be planning them, participating in them or simply attending them – I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of the day’s biggest crowning jewel… The Dress! It’s the one thing I will always look forward too, and the one thing that’s presence will never be surpassed. 

Heck, since of the dawn of time, people have been getting hitched and bridal dresses have been worn, but it remains the singular bridal accessory that is both static in concept and oh so dynamic in content.  With all the vibrant styles, designs, assortments, creations etc., it’s no wonder why it’s a favored part among so many.

And there is no better place to immortalize the wedding dress all than the Silver Screen!

With the well anticipated release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 coming out this Friday (yeah, I just took it there), I couldn’t help but get excited to see the wedding scene again… if for nothing else, the ka-ka-ka-KILLER Carolina Herrera wedding dress, which is tailored impeccably to dance along Kristen Stewart’s delicate figure.

The $35,000 (yes, I said $35,000) custom created gown, which took four seamstresses six months to complete, oozes with timeless bridal elegance and has a regal quality unmatched by today’s standard of competition.  In a world dominated by strapless couture, it’s the kind of dress that stands out in all the right ways…  and don’t even get me started on the jewel-encrusted Manolo Blahnik’s she got to rock with it!  I mean hellooo!?!?  Can you say dream?!

And speaking of dreams, here’s our Top 15!  Feel inspired, feel encouraged or simply feel completely green with envy like me, but no matter what, you gotta pay respect to the style :)

1. Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

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2. Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride (1950)

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3. Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City (2008)

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4. Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

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5. Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)

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6. Kate Hudson & Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars (2009)

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7. Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (1934)

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8. Rachel McAdams in The Notebook (2004)

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9. Jennifer Aniston in Marley and Me (2008)

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10. Natalie Portman in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

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11. Audrey Hepburn (again!) in Sabrina (1954)

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12. Sasha Barrese in The Hangover (2009)

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13. Keira Knightley in Love Actually (2003)

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14.  Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia! (2008)

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15. Ginger Rogers in It Had to Be You (1947)

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The Eternal Bride: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor

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“When people say, ‘She’s got everything’, I’ve got one answer – I haven’t had tomorrow.” Elizabeth Burton

Wedding bells were silenced yesterday when legendary bride and silver screen siren, Elizabeth Taylor, passed away after a lengthy battle to congestive heart failure.  Renowned equally for her mesmerizing beauty, cinematic sass and activism as she was for her incredibly turbulent love life, Ms. Taylor’s passing without avail ended the life of one of America’s most iconic legends. 

A two-time Academy Award winner and the golden goose for Hollywood’s Golden Age, the incomparable, violet eyed actress made her way onto the scene as an adolescent, starring in films such as Lassie Come Home (1943) and Jane Eyre (1944).  But unlike other child actors of her time, Ms. Taylor transitioned breezily into adults roles and created an unmistakable name for herself with a poise and power unmatched by any of her peers.

Taylor & Burton in "Cleopatra" (courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

She dominated the silver screen for well over six decades, and with key roles in movies like Father of the Bride (1950), Raintree County, Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), she became the go-to girl for Hollywood’s hottest roles… and men.   

Most infamously connected to her 20th Century Fox Cleopatra star, Richard Burton, whom she married twice, the illustrious Elizabeth just couldn’t help herself in vying for her happily ever after… which is one of the reasons I revere her so much – a person who never gives up on love is a person worthy of greatness – no doubt.  Never giving up, Taylor wanted her happily ever after to end in nuptial bliss – marrying eight times!  Below is an except from Wikipedia time lining all her marriages: 

  • Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951) The marriage was unhappy and ended in divorce after nine months.[4]
  • Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 – January 26, 1957) Wilding was 20 years older than Taylor.[4]
  • Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 – March 22, 1958) Todd’s death ended Taylor’s only marriage to not result in divorce. She later called Todd one of the two loves of her life, with Burton.[4]
  • Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 – March 6, 1964) Todd’s best friend, Fisher, consoled Todd’s widow, Taylor, after his death. They began an affair while Fisher was still married to Debbie Reynolds, causing a scandal.[4]
  • Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 – June 26, 1974) The press closely followed Burton and Taylor’s relationship before, during, and after their 10 years of marriage, due to great public interest in “the most famous film star in the world and the man many believed to be the finest classical actor of his generation.” Taylor hoped to focus on her marriage over her career, and gained weight in an unsuccessful attempt to not receive film roles.[4]
  • Richard Burton (October 10, 1975 – July 29, 1976) Sixteen months after divorcing they remarried in a traditional house in Botswana, but soon separated and re-divorced in 1976. Burton once disagreed with others about Taylor’s famed beauty, saying that calling her “the most beautiful woman in the world is absolute nonsense. She has wonderful eyes, but she has a double chin and an overdeveloped chest, and she’s rather short in the leg.”[4] On another occasion, however, he praised her lavishly, stating that, “She was unquestionably gorgeous. I can think of no other word to describe a combination of plentitude, frugality, abundance, tightness. She was lavish. She was a dark unyielding largesse. She was, in short, too bloody much.”
  • John Warner (December 4, 1976 – November 7, 1982) As with Burton, Taylor sought to be known as the wife of her husband, a United States Senator from Virginia. Unhappy with her life in Washington, however, Taylor became depressed and entered the Betty Ford Clinic.[4]
  • Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 – October 31, 1996) Taylor and Fortensky met during another stay at the Betty Ford Clinic and were married at the Neverland Ranch.[4] (Wikipedia.org)

An icon to movie star good looks, an advocate for AIDS and a beautiful bride over and over again, I think it goes without saying that Elizabeth Taylor will be greatly missed as much as a film star as a legendary beauty.  Rest in peace, Ms. Taylor and cheers to finally finding your “happily ever after.”

Blast from the Past: Can You Guess Who These Former Brides & Grooms Are?

While some of their marriages have withstood the test of time, others crumbled before the marriage license even had time to dry.  But no matter how lengthy (or quick witted) the nuptials were, it didn’t stop any of these famed friends from at least relishing in the moment of the big day. 

Here are some of the world’s most famous couples tying the knot… I just want to know, can you guess who they are?  (Answers found below)

Famous Couple #1

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Famous Couple #2

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Famous Couple #3

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Famous Couple #4

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Famous Couple #5

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Famous Couple #6

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Famous Couple #7

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Famous Couple #8

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Famous Couple #9

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Famous Couple #10

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Answers:

  1. Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward
  2. Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne
  3. Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
  4. Bill & Hillary Rodham Clinton
  5. Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
  6. Elvis & Priscilla Presley
  7. Barack & Michelle Obama
  8. Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner
  9. Johnny & June Carter Cash
  10. Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco

1950s Styled Wedding Gowns: A Look to the Past Could Be in Your Future

Audrey Hepburn.  Marilyn Monroe.  Sophia Loren.  Elizabeth Taylor.  Grace Kelly.  Barbie.

…Don’t act like you’re not impressed.  Fashion of the 1950s was all about timeless style and demure glamour, and these women embraced it beautifully.  The entire decade – not to mention these bombshell beauties - oozed a kind of elegance, grace and sophistication that no other decade since has been able to touch.  Heck, even the trends emulated by sultry, 1950s pin up girls reflected an element of class unscathed by raunchy obscenity or flagrant missteps.

It was a time for figure flattering tea length dresses and haute couture gowns; long sleeve, satin gloves and birdcage veils.  There fitted waists and poodle skirts; delicately embroidered bust lines and ravishingly rouched waistlines.  And while there are some parts of fashion history we all hope will never reemerge (helloooo 1980 linebacker shaped, puffy sleeved disasters!), it’s easy to see why fifties glamour is one of the most inspiring eras on the red carpet, and as luck would have it, bridal fashion. 

Below are some examples of where old world icons and modern day designers have collided, and the results, my dear friends, are nothing short of epic.  (Photos courtesy of Google Images, TheKnot.com and KleinfeldBridal.com.  Merged by yours truly by the power of Photoshop.)

A soft, embroidered halter on Sophia Loren before & an Alvina Valenta gown after

A flaring, tea length dress on Barbie before & a Moonlight gown after

A single sleeved, off-the-shoulder Grecian dress on Grace Kelly before & a Romona Keveza gown after

A sleek, form fitting stunner on Audrey Hepburn before & a Palazzo gown after

A flirty, ballerina tutu on Marilyn Monroe before & a Winnie Couture gown after

A belted, cinched waist and pockets on Elizabeth Taylor before & a Priscilla of Boston gown after

A belted, cinched waist and pockets on Elizabeth Taylor before & a Priscilla of Boston gown after

A side sweeped, gathered gown on Grace Kelly before & a Enzoani gown after

A pleated, tea length halter on Marilyn Monroe before & an Amsale gown after

A bubbly, princess ball gown on Audrey Hepburn before & a Rosa Clara gown after

A jeweled side, red carpet favorite on Barbie before & an Oleg Cassini gown after