unveiling of Angelina Jolie's unique wedding dress, which incorporated drawings by her six kids, but that was just one of the big highlights from her highly-anticipated wedding to Brad Pitt. The entire intimate event, held at their chateau in Correns, France, on Aug. 23, was personalized and very family friendly to include their mini "wedding planners" — Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and 6-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox — in the festivities.People are still buzzing over the big
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1. It was super kid-friendly. The children weren't only represented on the dress, they all had jobs. "The children chose their roles and their clothes," Angelina, 39, told People magazine, which bought the domestic rights to the wedding appearing in their new issue. Maddox and Pax beamed as they escorted their mom down the aisle; flower girls Zahara and Vivienne joyfully scattered pink rose petals; and Shiloh and Knox were on ring bearer duty and — oops! — dropped one of the Richard Procop-designed wedding bands, causing their parents to crack up during the ceremony. The children even came up with the vows. "They asked us to make promises to each other," the bride said. "It was very sweet what they came up with." And baker Pax made the cake, which was a bit askew due to his liberal use of frosting.
2. There was no music. The guests — and the groom himself — "hummed 'Here Comes the Bride" as she walked down the aisle, Angelina revealed. When the ceremony concluded, the 20 guests again provided the tunes, humming Mendelssohn's "Wedding March."
3. Brad didn't know about Angelina's kid-friendly dress. The Atelier Versace dress — which Donatella Versace said she designed, but Angelina credited to the label's master tailor Luigi Massi — was a secret to everyone. "Brad didn't see the dress until the moment of the wedding," she said, meaning the dozens of drawings (of the bride and groom, zebras, tanks, motorbikes, flowers, and the words "Buttock Fattock") made by their children and sewn in by Massi were a surprise. "I couldn't imagine anyone else making this dress," she added. "He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together."
4. The guest list included… We all know Jon Voight didn't go, so who were among the 20 guests? Brad's parents, Bill and Jane, and siblings, Doug and Julie, who have families of their own. Angelina's brother, James Haven, was there too — and so was designer Massi, jewelry maker Procop, and their wedding officiant, California judge John Ouderkirk.
5. There were several tributes to Angie's mom. Brad, 50, surprised his wife by having a dedication to Marcheline Bertrand, who died of ovarian cancer in 2007, engraved on a stone in the ancient chapel where the couple exchanged vows. Beyond that, the flower ring she wore about halfway down her index finger on her right hand belonged to her mother. And her brother "wore an angel pin from her jewelry box," Jolie said.
6. There were some unusual accessories. Brad Pitt forgot his tie and borrowed the one he wore from one of his sons. Shiloh and Knox, who were ring bearers, wore eccentric hats that they picked out. Shi, who sported a short suit, rocked a top hat, while Knox chose a retro captain's hat.
7. Angelina and Brad recycled. A couple pieces of the bride and groom's wedding attire were "something old." Angelina wore earrings from her jewelry collection while Brad's suit was from his closet.
8. They had a picnic reception. After exchanging vows in their chapel, the group walked over closer to the 35-room main house where they had an alfresco reception among the 1,200-acre property. BBQ was served — and so was the couple's award-winning Miraval rosé. The bride sipped Bosnian rose petal juice. For dessert, Pax's cake was served — along with several flavors of ice cream.
9. It was a no-gift event. Brad and Angelina did not give exchange wedding gifts — nor did they receive any from their guests. In fact, the charitable pair is donating the proceeds of their wedding photos (also run internationally by Hello! magazine), which were distributed by Getty Images, to their Jolie-Pitt Foundation to aid humanitarian causes.
10. The bride's favorite part of the day was… It wasn't saying "I do" or kissing her groom. Angelina said it was, "Seeing how excited the kids were."
11. Even the actress is amused by her honeymoon plans. Days after their nuptials, Angelina headed to Malta where she will soon be directing and starring in By the Sea with her new husband. "We are working together on a drama about grief and finding a way through a difficult marriage," she told People. And, yes, they "find it very funny that it's our honeymoon."