Therese GiudiceThe wedding dress is full of sentimental value.
The The Real Housewives of New Jersey star married Luis Ruelas Saturday in a tailored dress that brought together the most important aspects of her life.
Designer Mark Zunino shared his original sketches on Instagram over the weekend, giving insight into everything that went into creating Giudice’s bridal look.
“The original sketches of the wedding look!” he wrote on Instagram. “@teresagiudice wore a custom Mark Zunino Atelier blush mermaid dress that featured over 300 yards of hand-draped English netting. The train was over 100 inches long accented with crystal and bead detailing with long evening gloves in matching white pearls.”
Zunino also wove accents to “pay homage” to the housewife’s family, which he did with the veil. He wrote that “her veil was designed exclusively for her with three big hearts and the Italian phrase ‘Semper Insieme’ which means ‘Always Together'”.
However, some of the most special changes to Giudice’s dress are the ones you can’t see – they’re just for her. Zunino wrote on Instagram that Giudice told him that so many things in his life go through threes. He brought this to life in two different places in the dress.
He embroidered three pink hearts on his heart, as well as three numbers “3” inside his bodice.
“All elements have been designed to help inspire a fantastic future filled with love, love, love, which Teresa always says!” he wrote.
Giudice, 50, also wore see-through beaded gloves for her ceremony, in front of 220 guests to Park Castle Estate & Gardens in East Brunswick, New Jersey, which were also custom-made by the designer. The bride completed her look with a personalized crystal tiara from Bridal Style Shop in Brooklyn, NY
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Giudice’s wedding glamor was done by Lucia Casazza and Priscilla Distasio. Casazza, who also does the reality star’s hair for the Bravo show, created a dramatic bun to hold the tiara in place, and Distasio created a gorgeous sun-kissed beauty look. She shared a glimpse of The transformation of Giudice on social networks along with a list of the products she’s used, writing, “My beautiful friend, sister, muse & #OG @Teresa Giudice has married her soul mate! @louiearuelas 🥰What a beautiful day for a beautiful couple!! I’m more than happy for you both! ☺️Your love for each other is a real fairy tale.”
The the event was filmed for a special set broadcast on Bravoas PEOPLE has already reported. Absent from the big day were Giudice’s brother and sister-in-law Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorgaas good as RHONJ alum Dina Manzowho was previously considered a bridesmaid.
Giudice’s four daughters — gia21; gabriel17; Milania16 and audriana12, whom she shares with her ex-husband Jo — were all by their mother’s side, as were Ruelas’ two sons, David and Nicholas, from his previous relationship.
Attending the black tie event was also a sea of Bravo talent, including Giudice RHONJ teammates Jennifer Aydin, Dolores Catania, Marguerite Josephs and Jackie Goldschneidermore The Real Housewives of Dubai to burst Chanel Ayan, Real Housewives of Miamithis is Alexia Nepola, The Real Housewives of the Potomac star Ashley Darby, The Real Housewives of New York alums Dorinda Medley and Jill Zarinpast and present Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey.
Giudice started dating Ruelas, 47, in 2020 after Ruelas asked for Giudice’s phone number when they met organically and off camera. They engaged in October 2021 in Greece. Ruelas set up a sign in the sand that read “Marry Me” with a walkway lined with candles. The moment was complete with a fireworks display for the couple.
“It was absolutely exquisite,” a source told PEOPLE at the time. “The choreographed fireworks lit up a ‘Marry Me’ sign as Louie got down on one knee. Teresa was completely surprised.”