Lily Collins married director Charlie McDowell over the weekend in a custom, hooded wedding dress that took over 200 hours to create.
The actress tied the knot in an intimate ceremony held at Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado on Saturday wearing a bespoke Ralph Lauren Collection gown made of Calais-Caudry lace, one of just a handful of wedding dresses the brand has designed over the last 50-plus years. According to Ralph Lauren, Collins’s custom hooded dress and cape took over 200 hours of meticulous craftsmanship to construct and is composed of a Calais-Caudry turtleneck gown crafted on a Leavers weaving loom, which can produce meters of very fine, delicate cotton lace. The cape was also covered in Swarowski-beaded micro flowers and silk organza petals that enhanced and followed the Calais-Caudry lace’s intricate pattern. McDowell wore a velvet tuxedo from the designer’s Purple Label collection as well.
The Emily in Paris star shared a closer look at the ceremony on her Instagram account on Tuesday, writing, “What started as a fairytale, is now my forever reality. I’ll never be able to properly describe how otherworldly this past weekend was, but magical is a pretty good place to start.” Earlier that day, in another post, Collins said, “I’ve never wanted to be someone’s someone more than I do yours, and now I get to be your wife. On September 4th, 2021 we officially became each other’s forever. I love you beyond @charliemcdowell…” And in a post on his own account, McDowell gushed, “I married the most generous, thoughtful, and beautiful person I’ve ever known. I love you @lilyjcollins.”
But it wasn’t just the newlyweds who were overcome by the ceremony. McDowell’s mom, actress Mary Steenburgen, also couldn’t help but share the good news on social media, posting an image from her son’s wedding day that she had apparently taken a screenshot of (as all of the Instagram tags were still visible). “Charlie, my son, and Lily, my daughter-in-law!!!” Steenburgen wrote in the caption. “Thank you for letting us all bask in the sheer beauty of your love for each other. My heart is overflowing and it almost feels like the last few days were some sort of beautiful dream. But it is all real, and I feel like the luckiest mother in the world.” McDowell jokingly replied to his mom’s post, commenting, “Mom, next time I get married just ask for the photo instead of posting a screenshot with the tags showing. Also, I love you.”
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