When adoring fans are waiting to see every detail of your big day, why not give them a little surprise? These famous ladies did just that by choosing shades of the unexpected and romantic hue—from pale pink to fuchsia—for their wedding dresses.
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Wedding Date: August 16, 2008
Bride: Ellen DeGeneres
Venue: At home in Beverly Hills, California
Four years after hitting it off backstage at an awards show in 2004, the two funny ladies wed in their backyard both wearing designs by Zac Posen. The Arrested Development actress's gown included a traditional cream-colored halter-top with a blush tulle skirt.
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Wedding Date: September 14, 2002
Groom: Gavin Rossdale
Venue: St. Paul’s Church, London, England
"When I got engaged, I said I wanted [my dress] to be over the top, but not traditional—I wanted it to be everything," Stefani explained at the time of her wedding. The No Doubt singer got her wish with a John Galliano white silk gown spray-painted pink at the end.
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Wedding Date: August 23, 2003
Groom: Bart Freundlich
Venue: At home in New York, New York
After many years together and two children, the Oscar-winning actress and her writer-director beau celebrated their marriage in the backyard of their Greenwich Village home. Her simple mauve-colored sheath, designed by Prada, went with the vibe of the low-key wedding which only had a 36-person guest list.
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Wedding Date: March 26, 2011
Groom: Jim Toth
Venue: Witherspoon's ranch estate in Ojai, California
For her country-chic wedding at home in California, the Oscar-winning actress wore a custom blush Monique Lhuillier gown with a Chantilly lace bodice and full A-line skirt. Later in the evening, Witherspoon swapped the pink tulle gown for another Lhuillier design—a white silk mini dress.
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Wedding Date: September 9, 2012
Groom: Ryan Reynolds
Venue: Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
Blake Lively's couture ball gown by Marchesa was made of cloudlike silk tulle and featured a fitted bodice, illusion crystal beading on the shoulders, and rose-gold embroidery. Martha Stewart Weddings' style director Kate Berry dipped select petals of Blake's lush bouquet in subtle rose-gold glitter to play up the color of the dress.
Photograph by Guy Aroch.
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Wedding Date: September 29, 2012
Groom: Adam Shulman
Venue: Private estate in Big Sur, California
The Academy Award-winning actress wore a custom-designed Valentino gown with an ombre pink tulle skirt to her California nuptials after befriending the Italian designer while shooting The Devil Wears Prada. "The memory of creating it with him is something that I will treasure forever. He somehow read my mind and designed the dress that I’d always wanted," she told Vogue.
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Wedding Date: October 19, 2012
Groom: Justin Timberlake
Venue: Borgo Egnazia Resort, Fasano, Italy
"I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least," the actress explained to Elle about why she picked the pink floral Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown she wore at her Italian destination wedding. "It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time. But it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream."
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Wedding Date: May 4, 2013
Groom: James Righton
Venue: Town Hall, Mazan, France
Knightley's pale pink Chanel dress was her "something old" for her intimate civil wedding to the Klaxons singer and keyboard player. "Karl [Lagerfeld] very kindly designed me a jacket to go with it. I'd worn the dress lots. I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again," she told The Telegraph. She wore the dress yet again to the SeriousFun London Gala 2013 in London. But that's probably the last time we'll see it, considering that a friend has since spilled red wine on it. "I didn't quite realize the extent of it until I got home. It's quite impressively splattered. But, hey, a good night is a good night and when a dress has had its time, maybe it's had its time."
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Wedding Date: December 31, 2013
Groom: Ryan Sweeting
Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Santa Susana, California
For her New Year's Eve wedding to her tennis-pro fiance, the Big Bang Theory actress wore a custom Vera Wang ball gown made of petal-pink tulle. She loved it so much that she wore it a second time in Aloe Blacc's music video for "Can You Do This," a song featured in her movie The Wedding Ringer.
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Wedding Date: August 20, 2016
Groom: Chris Hardwick
Venue: Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, California
The model, actress, and media heiress's wedding to AMC's Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick had a few unexpected touches—including the bride's unconventional wedding dress, which she described to us as "classic bridal meets haute couture". Designed by her friend Christian Siriano, the long-sleeved A-line gown featured a traditional white bodice and a white-to-hot pink ombre tulle skirt. "You know me so well, Christian," Hearst wrote on Instagram a few months before the big day. "I cherish your friendship and cannot thank you enough for designing such a breathtakingly perfect piece just for me! This is the most stunning gown I have ever seen, and it is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. When I put it on, it brought tears to my eyes. And while wearing it, I couldn't help but remember my very first date with @hardwick, how I felt the first time he held my hand, and the very moment I knew that I loved him. And now, I can't help but imagine walking down the aisle and saying 'I do.'"