Rebecca and Jack Pearson’s This Is Us wedding was the event of the season, and as it turns out, the emotional episode left a lasting impression on Mandy Moore, who plays the bride on the blockbuster NBC show.
Moore, 32, wore a lace, long sleeve gown for her on-screen nuptials with Milo Ventimiglia’s character Jack. The actress was so inspired by the bohemian-style gown that she’s hoping to don a similar dress in real life.
This Is Us costume designer Hala Bahmet helped the actress find the perfect piece. “We actually had three vintage dresses to choose from,” Moore revealed in an interview with People. “But in the end, I love that we went with the long sleeves and flower crown. The dress was cut so beautifully and had a long train. For a girl who never wanted to get married or have a proper wedding, it kind of had me rethinking some things.”
Moore never envisioned herself wearing a traditional wedding gown–not even when she married her ex-husband, Ryan Adams, back in 2009. But her recent TV wedding has made hesitate.
“I was like, ‘I know I already did this once before, but I eloped and I didn’t have a wedding dress, so maybe if I do round two one day,’” she explained. “Wearing a wedding dress for that episode kind of shifted my mindset on wearing a proper wedding dress. I was like, ‘I kinda feel like I have to do this in real life now.’”
There were some similarities between Rebecca’s lacy gown and the vintage dress Moore wore when her character Jamie Sullivan married Shane West’s character Landon Carter in 2002’s A Walk to Remember. “I guess I’m a long sleeve wedding dress girl,” she told People.
The actress wasn’t the only one inspired by her This Is Us character. Ventimiglia was eager to embrace the ‘70s vibe with his own retro style. “There’s this picture of Milo’s dad from his parents’ wedding and I think his dad was in a powder blue tuxedo, so he was really trying to push for that baby blue,” Moore recalled. “I think Hala at the end of the day was like ‘No, let’s keep it a little more traditional.’”
When Moore first met Bahmet on-set, the actress was wearing only her underwear during a fitting for a prosthetic belly for the show’s pilot episode. “It was a slightly awkward way to meet someone for the first time,” Moore admitted. “But she’s been game from minute one and she has such a huge responsibility to cover every different decade in this show from present day all the way back to the ’70s and to really tell the story of this family. I would have lost my mind at some point during the season, but she’s super calm and handles everything with grace and composure. She’s always so excited fitting by fitting.”
Fittingly, Moore was honored to host the 19th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 21. “Costume designers are such an integral part of the process and integral part of our job as actors,” she concluded to People. “They really put all of the pieces together, and I am excited to be in a room to celebrate all of the fantastic work on television and on film this year.”