Christina Aguilera met music producer Jordan Bratman when she traveled to Atlanta to record a solo album in 2002. Soon it was clear that the couple would make a perfect duet, and Bratman relocated to Los Angeles. “After Jordy moved we became joined at the hip,” Aguilera has said. Three years later, Bratman proposed during a Valentine’s vacation to Carmel, California.
On November 19, 2005, the couple exchanged vows under a chuppah of fuschia, blush and deep red roses at an estate in Napa Valley. Aguilera was 24 and Bratman was 28 on their wedding day.
Guests were treated to a 3-day extravaganza of parties and celebrations. The Japanese themed rehearsal dinner was held Friday night at the Auberge Du Soleil resort, one of Northern California’s most revered dining establishments. The wedding had a Spanish theme, and it was held at the Staglin Family Vineyard in California’s Napa Valley. 120 guests attended, including celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. The setup inside was quite extravagant as the ceremony was held inside a stained-glass Castilian castle built on top of a swimming pool and filled with pews. Other details include a chandelier crafted from 2,500 crystals to a five-tier chocolate cake topped by hundreds of sugar flowers.
The bride arrived with her hair decorated in jewels and pulled back in a bun topped by white flowers. She wore a flamenco-style wedding dress by Christian Lacroix and she carried a diamond rosary instead of flowers. She wore three different dresses that night, the others were a Les Habitudes gown and then a cream satin and velvet halter dress by Simone Harouche. The bridesmaids wore dresses created by Stevie Wonder’s wife, designer Kai Milla.
The couples exchanged wedding bands by London-based jeweler Stephen Webster, who also created Aguilera’s five-carat, diamond-and-platinum engagement ring.
The music for the celebration was traditional and played by a 14-piece orchestra. Christina sang Etta James’s “At Last” to her new husband, and then the couple was carried in chairs to a hip-hop rendition of Hava Nagila. The guests partied until 2 a.m., but the newlyweds left a little earlier in Aguilera’s $350,000 vintage white Rolls Royce Phantom.
The couple stayed overnight in luxury at the deluxe Auberge du Soleil resort in one of the $3,500 per night cottages.
The cost of the wedding totaled a hefty $2 million. Aguilera instructed her guests not to bring wedding gifts, and instead requested they make donations to charities instead.
Christina Aguileras wedding dress has been voted the best bridal gown in a by In Touch magazine. The gown beat Desperate Housewives star Marcia Crosss wedding gown to the top of the new list. Third on the list was the gown donned by Avril Lavigne followed by Christine Baumgartners then Gwen Stefani.