The royal wedding? Just a warm-up. For legions of Twi-hards flocking to [The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part 1], the real nuptials of the year took place in the chilly Pacific Northwest as vampire Edward and human Bella (real-life couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart) tied the knot. Being fitted for her Carolina Herrera wedding gown, Stewart was “acting like a real bride,” the designer says. “She was really moved.” Then came a honeymoon that tested the PG-13 rating-in early versions, “there was a bit too much butt crack,” joked Pattinson-and one creepy half-vamp pregnancy. So, Rob: Any chance of a lavish wedding in your future? “I really don’t mind,” he says. “I just don’t want to have to wear a silly outfit.”
The gown has a demure front-and sexy back.
One hundred and fifty-two buttons, flanked by a frame of French Chantilly lace, line the back of Bella’s crepe satin gown. “The back is such a surprise … very romantic,” says Herrera.
The delight is in the details.
Chantilly lace and 17 buttons adorn each sleeve. The dress’s estimated value? $35,000.
Grandma Swan’s hair comb was a stunner.
The Gilded Lily, a jewelry design studio in Baton Rouge, was commissioned to create Bella’s something old, something blue hair comb: a diamond-and-sapphire heirloom her parents gave her on her wedding day. Replicas ($199-$399) are available on thegildedlily.biz.
Bella said ‘I do’ in Manolos.
Herrera collaborated with pal Manolo Blahnik to create Bella’s jewel-encrusted satin pump. Four months, 12 sketches and three prototypes later, this star of a shoe was born (they’ll be in stores next year).
Carolina Herrera designed the dress.
After author Stephenie Meyer and director Bill Condon chose one of 10 sketches (right), Herrera (above) and four seamstresses took six months to create the handmade dress.
People TABLET BONUS VIDEO Carolina Herrera on the dress