12 Hidden Details On Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress You Didn’t Know About
When two of Hollywood’s biggest stars crossed paths in 2004 on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, neither was looking for a relationship. Brad Pitt was married to Jennifer Anniston and Angelina Jolie was happy being a single mother to her son, Maddox. As love stories often go, the chemistry between the two was infectious and it was immediately clear that the duo was bordering the line between close friends and something more. Although Pitt and Jolie are now separated, in 2014 the duo officially tied the knot with their family and children in one of the world’s most anticipated celebrity weddings. The ceremony was quite intimate, with only 22 guests total, because Jolie felt it was crucial to make the children feel included, and she stayed true to this belief even down to the details of her gown! Follow along for 12 hidden details on Angelina Jolie’s infamous wedding gown:
12. Veil embroidered by children
To include her children as much as possible, Jolie actually allowed them to design a portion of her gown! Their beloved children, Maddox, 15, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, Pax, 12 and eight-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne all contributed by creating doodles of good wishes and memories for their parents onto the back of the dress and veil. Maddox, Zahara, and Pax were adopted from orphanages in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, while the remaining three are their biological children. “I wanted the kids to be a part of everything including the dress because that’s our family; that represents the way we live our life together,” Jolie shared with Hello! Magazine.
11. Designed by Donatella Versace
The gown was designed by Donatella Versace who was extremely proud to contribute to Jolie and Pitt’s big day. “Versace is honored to announce that on August 23rd, 2014 Angelina Jolie chose to wear a stunning Atelier Versace creation designed by Donatella Versace in occasion of her marriage to Brad Pitt,” the official statement revealing the designer read. Donatella Versace envisioned a “one-of-a-kind custom-made Atelier Versace” gown and that was exactly what she created!
Although the gown was designed by Versace, it was actually head tailor Luigi Massi that brought the vision to life and crafted the gown. Massi was responsible for hand-sewing all the children’s unique doodles onto the veil and back of the dress, which we’re quite certain was a serious test of patience and attention to detail.
9. Luigi and Jolie were close friends
Jolie was thrilled to have Luigi working on her wedding gown and revealed that Luigi has remained one of her close friends for years and acts as a guiding figure to her children. “Luigi is like family to me and I couldn’t imagine anyone else making this dress. He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together,” Jolie revealed of her decision to work with Luigi.
8. Versace silk satin pumps
Rather than opting for different designers for the various bridal pieces as many brides do, Jolie opted to stick with Versace for everything she wore on the big day. According to the Versace official statement, Jolie wore a pair of silk satin pumps custom-made by Versace to walk down the aisle on the big day.
7. Each illustration represents a special family memory
The children were quite intentional with what they drew on the gown and there are actually quite a few hidden details incorporated throughout the doodles! The children included doodles from their favorite films to watch as a family such as Monsters, Inc. and plenty of flowers and animals that they saw together during their travels.
6. “Buttock Fattock”
Although a majority of the artwork is quite inspirational and relevant to the Jolie-Pitt family, there was one drawing that stood out and seemed to be an inside family joke. The phrase “buttock fattock” was featured on the gown in bright letters. Clearly, Jolie has quite an open parenting style for allowing nonsensical phrases like this to appear on her one-of-a-kind wedding gown!
5. The dress featured ruching but no extra frill
Angelina looked undeniably stunning and ethereal on her big day, but the actual gown portion of her look was relatively simple. The Versace gown featured ruching along the bust and a sleek satin skirt which flaunted her curves in all the right places. Jolie’s style is quite basic and elegant by nature and she even opts for masculine pieces on a regular basis, so the fact that she opted for a gown with minimal frill and foofy embellishment is perfectly suited to her personal style.
4. Portraits of Brad Pitt
In addition to the children’s doodles of animals and silly quotes, they also included a nice gesture towards their father, Brad Pitt. They drew a family portrait including Brad as the father figure and wrote “Dad” above it in bright yellow highlighter. Clearly, the children were more than thrilled to have Pitt officially join their family by marriage!
3. Inside jokes about their travels
Additionally, the children included special memories from their travels on the gown. The Jolie-Pitt family was known for their humanitarian work and traveling the world on mission trips, so these drawings were definitely a sweet testament. The photos included many drawings of airplanes, exotic animals, and even a few motorbikes, which is Brad’s favorite mode of transportation!
2. Portrait of the whole family
The Brad and Angelina wedding was not only important to the acting duo but also to the entire clan that was being officially united! Jolie expressed the importance of feeling like her children were involved in the ceremony and clearly, her intentions were fulfilled since the doodles included not one, but two family portraits of the entire family all together.
1. Jolie wore a locket to honor her mother
Although Jolie really wanted all her family to be involved at the wedding, there was one person who unfortunately couldn’t be there to celebrate — her mother, Marcheline Bertrand. Despite her mother not being physically present, Jolie wore a small gold locket around her neck that belonged to her mother and held a photo of her inside to keep her close to her heart.