Not all brides cherish the traditional, time honored elegance of a white lace bridal gown. Those who decided to take a leap in the other direction did just that, without a doubt.
1. Mama Junes’ camouflage gown: The star of TLC’s reality show ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ wore a outlandish camouflage outfit, complete with an orange petticoat and matching camo gym shoes for her May 5, 2014 backyard ceremony to Sugar Bear. The groom and groomsman coordinated the look with matching camo pants and orange vests. The blushing bride had this to say about the celebration: “We stayed true to our roots and made the focus on the family and my commitment to Sugar Bear.” The couple reside with their four children in McIntyre, Georgia.
2. Sylvie Vartans’ hooded empire dress: French singer Sylvie Vartan married pop star Johnny Hallyday in Lonconville, France in 1965. For the intimate and conservative ceremony, Sylvie wore an ultra-modest, large-hooded dress, complete with a large bow and muff. This selection for a wedding dress is even more perplexing since the ceremony took place in the spring climate of April, and not in the blustery weather of winter. The couple divorced 15 years later.
3. Elizabeth Taylors’ dark green gown: For Taylors’ fourth wedding, she wore a forest-green silk dress with a draping hood, that slightly resembled attire worn for mourning. Eddie Fisher and Liz Taylor married in 1959 in Las Vegas, two years after the death of her third husband – and Fishers’ best friend – Mike Todd. Fisher and Taylor slit up in 1964, and Liz married and divorced four more times before passing away in 2011.
4. Dita Von Teeses’ purple dress: Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese married shock rocker Marilyn Manson at Castle Gurteen in Ireland in December 2005, and may have out-shocked him with her wedding gown. A first wedding for both, Teese wore a circa 18th century style dress, with masses of garish purple silk taffeta and a loud purple tricorn hat. The blood red roses that she carried completed the flamboyant-gothic look. The couple divorced due to irreconcilable differences two years later.
5. Miranda Brooks’ Spanish dancer dress: Landscape designer Miranda Brooks wore a ruffled flamenco wedding dress complete with a grey felt sombrero and black chin strap for her 2010 wedding ceremony to architect Bastien Halard. Embroidered on the dress were detachable poppies and violets, a nod to the couples’ children, who are named after the flowers. The couple wed at a friends’ Long Island home and reside in Brooklyn, New York.