Brennan (Emily Deschanel) once said she’d never wear white, but she broke that vow when she walked down the aisle to marry Booth (David Boreanaz) on the Oct. 21 episode of Bones, appropriately titled “The Woman in White.”
“It was one of those dresses where, when [Emily] put it on, it was like, ‘Ahh… that’s the one,” Bones costume designer Robin Lewis West told EW of the embroidered lace off-the-shoulder wedding gown. “She tried on a lot of dresses, but this one fit her beautifully.”
Before saying yes to the dress, West’s wardrobe team searched the racks at a number of L.A.-area bridal shops for a gown that would suit the style of the character, flatter the actress who plays her, and fit the specific guidelines laid out in the script. As for the groom, one great designer suit and a signature accessory, and he was ready to say “I do.”
Read on for all the details Brennan’s dress, Booth’s tux and the interns’ period costumes.
First (and perhaps most importantly), what about that dress? “[Brennan] had saved a picture from her childhood, from 1985… so we had to make the dress look like the picture. It couldn’t be too modern,” West said of the Legends by Romona Keveza gown, which she found at Panache in Beverly Hills. Though the team initially considered a few less traditional options — including having the bride wear a color — “they just didn’t look like a wedding dress.” A custom-made belt, Judith Jack earrings, Charles David shoes, a Panache bracelet, and a pearl-embellished hair pin that served as Bones’ something blue were the finishing touches.
The groom wore a Hugo Boss tuxedo and an Anto shirt accessorized with Paul Smith skull cross-bone cuff links. “We wanted a little touch of the theme of the show,” West explained.
As for the guests, Angela (Michaela Conlin) wore a navy blue Monique Lhuillier dress, Cam (Tamara Taylor) opted for a classic black frock from Karen Millen, and — in keeping with the storyline that saw Hodgins “borrowing” outfits from the Jeffersonian’s History of Fashion exhibit — the interns added a vintage vibe to the occasion in period costumes rented from the Motion Picture Costume Company and the Western Costume Company.
The designer says the clothes helped make the event feel real. “It was exciting for everybody. I got a little teary eyed, it felt like a real wedding,” she admitted of getting verklempt when the scene was filmed. “For the fans, it was like, ‘Season nine! It finally happened!'”
Next up — Bones’ bachelorette party! “We shot [the scene] yesterday. I don’t know if [the details are] a secret or not, but I’ll tell you one thing… we did a lot of bedazzling,” West hinted. “We spent three days with hot glue guns, beads, and sequins. There are lots of sparkles.”
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