On October 19, 2012, 100 guests in Puglia, Italy, celebrated the union of Justin Timberlake to Jessica Biel. The guests spent a week being entertained, fed, and pampered at the Borgo Egnazia resort. The luxury hotel is a stone villa that resembles a white palace with turrets. The bride completely broke tradition by wearing a pink organza dress over a graphic print of wild roses.
Read on to find out more about Jessica Biel’s trendsetting wedding dress, the events leading up to Justin Timberlake’s proposal, and where to buy a similar prom-style wedding dress.
Justin and Jessica’s Romantic Journey to the Altar
In 2007, superstar Justin Timberlake met budding actress Jessica Biel on the ski slopes of Park City, Utah. The 26-year-old Justin had just split from Cameron Diaz, and 24-year-old Jessica had just broken up with baseball player Derek Jeter. It was love at first sight with Justin claiming that he had “found the one.”
The couple kept the relationship private for four years until they split up in March 2011 for six months. They reunited for brunch in Toronto, Ontario, and by December 2011, they were engaged.
Justin proposed to Jessica on December 11, 2011 while on vacation in Montana. They had been snowboarding all day in waist-high snow. He got down on one knee and popped the question.
This wasn’t as spontaneous as it sounds. He had the very special engagement ring that he designed for her in his pocket. The 6.5 karat ring was custom-made by Leor Yerushalmi of the Jewelers of Las Vegas and featured a square diamond banked by two aquamarine stones.
A Flashy and Fun Wedding Celebration
At the altar, Jessica and Justin exchanged wedding rings, also custom-made by the Jewelers of Las Vegas. His ring was a yellow domed band with a hammered surface and crafted in 14-carat gold. Jessica chose a set of four stackable wedding bands that were fully circled with diamonds, but she only wore one of them to the wedding.
At the wedding reception, Justin sang a song for her that the public would never hear. Guests had to sign confidentiality agreements, so not much is known about the actual ceremony. Nor about the cost of the week-long party that accompanied the nuptials, which featured beach parties with live entertainment and bicycle rides.
Jessica Biel’s Wedding Dress Inspiration
Jessica Biel got married in a palace so why not dress like a princess? Ultimately, she went with Giambattista Valli’s fanciful vision of her as a fairy-tale character in a pink gown. The dress is infamous for not being white, but it was also a trendsetting gown.
Giambattista Valli, an old friend of Jessica’s, presents his haute-couture designs four times a year at Paris Fashion Week. He is a specialist in creating fantasy dresses for his clients which include Sarah Jessica Parker, Arianna Grande, and Penelope Cruz. He was previously the head designer for Emmanuel Ungaro and a designer for both Robert Capucci and Fendi.
Jessica’s wedding ensemble was meant to break tradition. The petal pink was the first departure, and the second massive mousseline underskirt boasted a floral print and drapery fabric.
Jessica also went without the traditional elbow-length gloves. She carried a bouquet of Calla lilies, which are associated with funerals. But the fact she carried these white blossoms is another example of how her wedding bucked popular trends.
What Was Jessica Biel’s Wedding Dress Worth?
The bride’s blush pink haute-couture gown by Giambattista Valli cost the couple $100,000. Jessica’s diamond and aquamarine engagement ring is estimated to be worth $100,000 as well.
More Details About Jessica’s Pink Wedding Dress
The future Mrs. Timberlake’s dress resembled a strapless prom-style wedding dress. The structured bodice was made of pink silk and had accordion-style pink pleats. The high waist of the A-line gown had several tiers of organza, that shimmered over an ivory underskirt that had a bright fuchsia floral pattern.
It featured large rose blossoms, which was also unheard of for a couture bridal dress at the time.
The veil, also created by Giambattista, was encrusted with heirloom pearls, that were once part of her mother’s wedding tiara. Biel wore yellow pear-shaped dangling diamonds in 18-karat rose gold that were framed by 96 tiny pink diamonds.
Do you dream of one day walking up the aisle wearing a fluffy pink gown fit for a princess? If so, read on to discover where you can buy a similar dress to Jessica’s at an affordable price.
Shop for Jessica Biel’s Wedding Dress
Finding a 90’s dress sewn with a floral underskirt and an overlay of pink chiffon exactly like would be a challenge, as it really was a one-of-a-kind creation. However, there are affordable looks available that have a similar dramatic flair.
Dressy Star Rose Knee-Length Floral Dress features a polyester satin bodice and tulle skirt with large rose appliques. It has a vintage look with off-the-shoulder sleeves. It retails for $36.95.
Ants Ruffled Prom Dress in Hot Pink features a strapless boned satin bodice with a high waist and puffy A-line skirt with 20 layers of tulle for $129.99-$159.99.
Light In The Box’s Floral Organza Dress in Pink Pearl is similar to Jessica Biel’s dress, only without the tiers. The strapless dress is an organza floral print with a chiffon overlay that’s available for $147.53.
Melisa Women’s Strapless Ruffled Ball Gown in pink tulle features a satin bodice with a sweetheart neck and back laces. It has a full ruffled skirt and a beaded belt and sells for $189.00.
JJ. Houses A-line Satin Dress in blush features a lace bodice with sequins, a big bow, and a flaring floor-length skirt. It sells for $227.00 and retails for $162.00.