When Nikki Reed wed Ian Somerhalder in April, the former Twilight star tapped Claire Pettibone to design a wedding dress to remember: A dramatic lace gown complete with a plunging back. The famed bridal designer created a gown that felt timeless and reflected the actress' cool-girl personal style. So we asked the famed bridal designer for her expert tips on nailing the look.
1. Go for a classic material in an unexpected silhouette. "The fitted, flattering mermaid shape makes traditional Chantilly lace feel fresh and adds just the right amount of sexy."
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2. Use special touches to highlight your style and mood. "The power of Nikki's genre-bending look is all in the details. We added an antique eyelash trim to up the romance factor and embellished the bodice with sparkly seed beads and microsequins to bring a touch of glamour."
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3. Don't be afraid to show some skin. "Since a lace gown is so classic, you can dare to bare a little more. The plunging back on this gown brings a little edge, which is very Nikki, and shows off her curves without sacrificing the lace's romantic vibe. Plus, Ian went nuts over it!"