Mrs. Eric Johnson — better known as Jessica Simpson — blissfully dished up details about her wedding day in the new issue of People magazine, describing the lavish event, which was held Saturday at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, as "a dream come true."
From the movie that inspired her big day to Eric's epic wardrobe malfunction, here are seven things we learned from Jess, 33, about her wedding:
1. The wedding was an ode to the 1998 film adaption of Great Expectations. Jessica calls the much-panned movie, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, her "favorite movie of all time," so she asked her wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, to use that as a theme. Think: hanging vines and flowers everywhere, long tables, lace for tablecloths and chair covers, and her ring bearer nephew, Bronx Wentz, carrying a bird's nest. "I wanted to re-create the movie as much as I possibly could," Jessica told the magazine. "I didn't want it to look like your traditional wedding." She walked down the aisle to an 18-piece orchestra playing the film score, which was an emotional moment. "Hearing that music, I could barely hold it together," she said. "I was trying very hard not to cry the whole way down the aisle."
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2. Jessica purposely selected a dress that didn't show off her hot, post-baby body. The Weight Watchers spokesperson, who has two kids with Johnson, said that her Carolina Herrera champagne gown with gold embroidery wasn't what people were expecting and that's why she loved it. "Everybody thought I was going to wear a dress that completely showed off my new bod," she said. "But I can't help but want a princess dress. I'm a Southern girl at heart. I like everything big." Herrera also made a dress for daughter Maxwell, 2, who served as flower girl.
3. Eric suffered a major wardrobe malfunction. Before Jessica even made it to the altar, her groom — gulp! — split his pants. It happened after Maxwell and their 1-year-old son walked down the aisle in the procession and he scooped them both up. "Halfway down, Maxwell saw me and let out the biggest Dad-dy! The whole place laughed. And I split my pants!" Eric told the mag. They apparently remained split during the non-denominational ceremony, which was conducted by Jessica's father, Joe Simpson. "After the ceremony, when everybody left, Eric was in his boxers and tux jacket," Jessica said, adding cheerfully, "There's always got to be something that happens." Just FYI: The John Varvatos pants were stitched up before the reception.
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4. Jessica had two maids of honor and 12 bridesmaids. The bride's mom, Tina, and sister, Ashlee, were on MOH duty while a dozen of her gal pals — including BFF Cacee Cobb - were bridesmaids. The Fashion Star alum helped style each of the women for the big day. "Today is about making my best friends on the planet feel the most beautiful they have ever felt in their lives. It's all about fashion. It's all about beauty. It's fun for me," she said in video showing them getting ready. They all wore different designer gowns picked by Jessica and stylist Nicole Chavez. Meanwhile, Eric's best man was his father, Stephen, and he had 11 groomsmen, including Ashlee's future husband, Evan Ross.
5. Many typical wedding traditions were scrapped for their second time down the aisle. "We didn’t want to do a first dance, and we didn't cut the cake," Jessica said. "We've both been married before, and it's kind of like, 'Eh, we don't really need to do that again.'" While they didn't do a first dance, there was lots of dancing to the live band, which performed hits from Motown to classic rock. And both Maxwell tore up the dance floor. "She wanted to get out there," the bride said of her daughter, adding, "Eric danced with both kids."
6. As for that cake, it was big, big, big. A photo of the cake, created by The Cake Divas, showed it to be at least six layers. The flavoring was coconut and mixed berry flavor, and it was gold on the outside, matching her dress, and decorated with flowers and vines.
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7. The post-party was an all-nighter. The wedding was over at 10 p.m., but the partying did not end. Wedding guests — who also included Jessica Alba and her husband — partied the night away at an afterparty, which wrapped up at 5:30 a.m. While a four-course meal of crab cakes and short ribs or sea bass was served at the wedding, the late-night party was all about casual eats including sliders, grilled cheese, and fries. Meanwhile, Jessica changed into a custom blue minidress, created for her by Zuhair Murad, to "sex it up a little bit." And the happy pair had the time of their lives with Jess noting, "The whole weekend has been completely magical for all of us."