Former Neighbours star-turned-millionairess Holly Valance married Nick Candy in a large and lavish fairytale wedding on the weekend in Beverly Hills.
The 29-year-old bride could have chosen any of the world's designers with what seemed like a limitless budget for her nuptials, but went back to her roots, opting for Melbourne couturier J'Aton for her full meringue-style skirt resembling feathers and a bodice-like top. Unfortunately, the dress has found itself on the end of some less-than-flattering criticism.
The Daily Mail said the gown was a "Barbie-meets-Miss-Havisham frock...[with] cascades of pigeon-coloured frou-frou about the hem."
While the Telegraph likened the gown to an all-inclusive British package holiday stalwart. Which is no good thing.
The British newspaper said the "rag-taggle skirt...looked like it had been concocted from endlessly layered lettuce leaves faithfully reproduced in singed white silk."
Nevertheless, Valance topped it off with an exaggerated lace veil in a vintage style which also acted as a train, and carried a dramatic dark-red bouquet, with the wealthy property owner wearing a Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo.
The fifteen footer (4.5 meters) veil, although a traffic-stopper, is barely a fraction of the world's longest veil as confirmed by the Guiness Book of Records. The bride Elena De Angelis from Italy arrived at church with a mammoth 3km (1.86 mile) long veil, literally a traffic-stopper!
More on that story here.
Personally, whenever I see a long veil, I will secretly jump in joy, because I get to shoot photos like this:
So if you have a simple wedding gown but still seeking for that WOW factor, consider adding a floor-length veil. Preferbly, nominate a helper to manage the veil. It requires delicate care but it is certainly a lot easier to manage than a feet-dragging wedding dress like Holly Valance's.