When Nicky Hilton married James Rothschild this July at Kensington Palace, people were blown away by the heiress' lace Valentino gown, complete with a high neck, long delicate sleeves, a 10-foot train and an embroidered cathedral-style veil. Now, just a few months after her royal-inspired English nuptials, Hilton is opening up about her $75,000 wedding dress — and the inspiration behind it.
"I knew in my mind that I really wanted to do something traditional, just classic, and white lace, and beautiful," the newlywed said of her epic floor-length gown Wednesday during an appearance on HuffPost Live, Us Weekly reports. "I worked closely with them and they created the most magnificent dress that I've ever worn and ever will wear."
Magnificent indeed! And let's not forget that Hilton's veil was so long, in fact, that it was at one point at risk of being ruined! On her wedding day, as the bride walked from a Bentley toward Kensington Palace's Orangery (the exact spot where she would exchange vows with Rothschild) Hilton's veil, which was even longer than her cathedral-length dress, was pinned beneath the luxury car's wheel. Luckily, her father, Rick Hilton, came to the rescue, according to People, and spared the lace.
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"We had two or three design meetings before I tried anything on," Hilton continued, adding that her parents traveled to London to help her with wedding planning and the arrangements. "It was really sweet."
When asked which iconic figure inspired her bridal look, Hilton didn't have to think long about her answer. "Grace Kelly," she said. "I love Grace Kelly. She can do no wrong."
After saying "I do" at the same spot where Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in the royal wedding of the century years ago, Rothschild and Hilton jetted off on the honeymoon adventure of a lifetime: An exotic safari, complete with monkeys, elephants and, of course, a plethora of Instagrams from the new Mrs. Rothschild, who, it turns out, was more than happy to drop her iconic last name for her new married moniker just one week after exchanging vows.