If this year’s bridal collections are any indication, wedding gowns in pastel colors, much like sapphire engagement rings, are becoming increasingly more conventional. Renowned bridal designers have peppered their spring and fall lines with colors like peach, lavender, pistachio, and lilac.
The rosy-tinged blush, has been a particular favorite among bridal designers, and the ultimate choice for the bride who wants that princess look and fairytale-like wedding. Some brides simply want to wear something other than white, but not stray too far from tradition. Several celebrities have embraced the pink palette for their wedding gowns, setting the trend in motion for the masses.
We, of course, can’t think of a more perfect pairing than a pink wedding gown with a pink sapphire ring. We’ve coupled these starlets’ gowns with several pink sapphire engagment rings from our inventory. We’re sure you’ll agree—they’re all matches made in heaven!
When Gwen Stefani got engaged to fellow rocker Gavin Rossdale, the style icon knew she wanted a wedding gown that was “over-the-top but not traditional.” The result was a custom John Galliano couture creation composed of customary white silk dramatically spray-painted with pink across the lower section of the skirt and veil. The gown has become such an icon of wedding dress design that it was included in the recent “Wedding Dresses 1775–2014” exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, offered on loan by the star, who considers it “a work of art [that] needed to be seen.”
Our pinkish-orange sapphire ring is also a work of art, featuring a rare 8.27-carat Padparadscha sapphire from Madagascar in a cushion shape, with no indications of heating to enhance its hue. The sparkle of the sapphire’s brilliant-cut crown and nearly internally flawless clarity create a playful yet seductive charm similar to Stefani’s gown. Its placement within a frame of two trapezoid-shape diamond side stones set in platinum creates an ombré effect similar to the gown’s graduation of colors.
Anne Hathaway rose to stardom playing a princess in The Princess Diaries, and in a case of life imitating art, she channeled the look with for her wedding to Adam Shulman. Her gown, an off-the-shoulder ballerina-like confection of ivory silk point d’esprit tulle, was designed by Valentino, who came out of retirement for the occasion because “Anne is like a daughter to him.” The train was hand-painted a soft-pink hue and embroidered with satin flowers, with a 1920s-inspired headpiece featured a wide lace ribbon adorned with a large flower dotted with small crystal beads.
Our pink sapphire ring also takes on the floral theme, spotlighting a natural pink sapphire from Madagascar that looks like it’s just been plucked from an azalea bush in the spring and placed in a platinum basket. Surrounding the 1.62-carat oval-shaped sapphire are 18 round brilliant-cut diamond “petals” that resemble the lace of Hathaway’s headpiece, with additional dainty diamond detailing on the band for even more feminine appeal. The intensity of the sapphire’s hue and the beauty of its clarity add to the romance.
Romantic with a dash of whimsy and drama was actress Jessica Biel’s wedding gown wish, and Giambattisa Valli delivered, creating a princess-like silhouette out of silk mousseline and silk organza with a strapless neckline, pink floral motif and layers of ruffles. Finishing the ladylike look was a floor-length veil embellished with tiny pearls from her grandmother’s wedding day tiara. The ensemble was so splendid that husband Justin Timberlake reportedly described her as “the most beautiful thing I have ever seen” when he saw her walking down the aisle.
Our pinkish-orange sapphire ring is equally as glorious, featuring a rare 3.14-carat Padparadscha sapphire from Ceylon in the oval shape, with no indications of heating to enhance its intensely saturated lotus blossom hue. The bold white gold setting is made even more dramatic by the addition of two diamond accent stones in the unusual half-moon shape, while the pairing of the pink and white beautifully matches the flowery pattern of Biel’s gown.
For her country-elegant wedding to Jim Toth, Reese Witherspoon was every bit the blushing bride. The highly acclaimed actress wore a blush-colored gown custom made for her by Monique Lhuillier, which featured a strapless boned-corset bodice made of Chantilly lace and a full-length A-line tulle skirt. The combination created a beautiful blend of fabrics and textures that was pulled together with a slightly darker double-face satin ribbon at the waist decorated with cascading silk flowers.
Our pinkish-orange sapphire ring is a perfect match, starring a rare 2.52-carat Padparadscha sapphire from Ceylon whose natural hue resembles the colors of a sunset in Ojai, Calif., where Witherspoon’s wedding took place. The stone’s “medium” color intensity gives it that soft glow, rendered crystal-clear by its nearly internally flawless clarity. A halo of round brilliant-cut diamonds set in white gold puts the center stone in full bloom, while its juxtaposition with baguette-cut diamond side stones mirrors the mix of the gown’s lace and tulle.
Portia de Rossi
It’s no surprise the stylish actress Portia de Rossi tapped designer Zac Posen to envision the gown for her wedding to funny lady Ellen DeGeneres. His expertise in crafting larger-than-life masterworks that embrace and enhance the female silhouette was on full display in de Rossi’s modern-day princess gown that merged a backless halter-style bodice in ivory with a dusty-pink ballerina-style skirt. Posen also made DeGeneres’ complementary white and ivory silk suit.
Our Padparadscha sapphire ring is also a masterpiece. Here we have a heat-treated pinkish-orange sapphire from Ceylon weighing 3.11-carats placed within a white and yellow gold setting encrusted with diamonds totaling 1.01-carats that sparkles at every turn. What’s more, the combination of white and yellow gold, as well as a rectangular cushion-shape center stone and round-shape side stones, reflect the straight and curved lines of de Rossi’s gown and make for a highly desirable contemporary feel.
So tell us, which pink wedding gown and pink sapphire ring pairing do you like best? Would you wear a pink wedding gown on your big day, what about a pink sapphire engagement ring?