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Byline: Aileen Mehle
Scoopy, scoopy, do! Kate Hudson and her rocker beau, Chris Robinson, had an Indian shaman, in full feather and beaded regalia with drums beating and bells ringing, bless their union with a tribal dance and ceremony at dusk, just as the sun set in the Rockies, before they were married by a local Aspen padre. Kate's Vera Wang dress, as white as any debutante's, was an ivory satin ballgown, dramatic and strapless, with a 19th-century-inspired hand-stitched corset bodice, worn with a full-length coat with a sweeping train. She wore her hair up, showing a pearl necklace and diamond earrings.
The bride's mother, Goldie Hawn, of course, wore an oyster, panne-velvet, bias-cut slip dress with a full-length coat and train, also by Vera Wang. Vera also dressed Kate's maid of honor, a childhood friend, in a camel cashmere halter dress and a matching cashmere coat.
And let's not forget Kate's husband, rocker Chris. He and his brother, Rich Robinson, who was the best man, and Goldie's beloved Kurt Russell, who gave the bride away, all wore hand-tailored charcoal sharkskin suits by Brioni with white cotton shirts and pale silver satin ties. Only Chris got the custom-made black cashmere overcoat by Vera Wang (that was one busy designer), and remember, he got Kate too.
The fittings started in New York and were finished in Los Angeles in time for the all-white themed wedding at Goldie's and Kurt's ranch in Aspen. The ranch house and the local Elks Lodge where the reception was held were bedecked with every white flower west of the Rockies. Fireplaces glowed and hundreds of white candles flickered everywhere you looked. Only 70 friends and family were there, unlike a couple of media-circus weddings of late. The "white week" began with a bachelorette party at the Caribou Club where Kate wore an Escada white cashmere dress and a white Russian fox stole by Helen Yarmak and ended with several inches of white powder dusting the newlyweds as they dashed off for their wedding night and a honeymoon in the sun; the sweet, best-dressed things.
Oh, the weather outside was frightful, but the ballroom was so delightful!