While many engaged couples gravitate towards extravagant celebrations in grand locations, there is a growing trend for more understated and less formal city weddings that exude a sense of charm and warmth. Naomi Watts and actor Billy Crudup, both 54, opted for the intimate route with a secret ceremony at a courthouse in New York City this weekend.
Watts will certainly inspire many other registry office and city brides with her exquisite ivory guipure lace dress, which was a timeless choice. Designed by the New York designer Oscar de la Renta, the white gown features a sweetheart neckline, a bustier-style bodice and an A-line silhouette skirt that almost grazes the ground.
The look – which was pulled together by her stylist Jeanann Williams and you can buy online at Oscar de la Renta – was completed with gold Gianvito Rossi strappy sandals, a diamond necklace by Anita Ko and jewellery pieces by Briony Raymond. Plus two summer bride essentials – a small bouquet of seasonal white flowers and greenery tied with a cream silk ribbon and white framed sunglasses.
Watts implied that she initially wasn’t planning to purchase a new wedding dress at all and wrote on her stylist Jeanann Williams’s Instagram page – “thanks for talking me into going beyond my own closet and sending me the gorgeous dress!”
The couple played husband and wife on the Netflix series Gypsy and then made their first red carpet appearance together at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in February 2022.
The following day, Watts kept the bridal vibe going strong. She was spotted out and about in New York with her husband wearing a white lace Oscar de la Renta blouse over a white tank top, wide-leg blue jeans and a pair of cream Dior velcro sandals.
When it comes to more understated summer weddings, like Naomi’s, opting for a timeless white dress crafted from lightweight lace, satin, or linen proves to be a smart choice to stay cool, while exuding absolute glamour. Whether it’s the ethereal designs by Erdem, Cecelie Bahnsen, and Simone Rocha or minimalist offerings from 16Arlington, Roksanda, and Zimmermann, there is a style to suit every preference.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk