A dress drama almost ruined Blake Lively's 2012 wedding after a sparkler burned a hole in her designer gown.
The Gossip Girl beauty has opened up about the highly-private South Carolina ceremony in the new issue of Vogue magazine, revealing her big day, which featured a reception performance from her singer pal Florence Welch, was almost ruined by a hand-held firework.
She recalls, "I look down and my wedding dress has a big burn mark from one of the sparklers. Right on the front! And it was just so heartbreaking to me."
But Lively learned to love the damage done to the custom-made Marchesa gown after her husband Ryan Reynolds helped her gain a new perspective on the wedding day drama.
She continues, "Later, my dress was hanging up and Ryan said, 'Isn't that beautiful?' I said, 'What?' And he pointed to the burn. My heart just stopped, because it was such a sensitive little subject. And he said, 'You'll always remember that moment with Florence singing and the sparklers. You have that forever, right there, preserved'. Now that's my favourite part of the dress."
The comment has since inspired the name of her new lifestyle website, Preserve.
Lively also reveals her rustic wedding ceremony may not have happened at all had it not been for the help of lifestyle queen Martha Stewart, who came to the couple's rescue as it faced a series of last-minute problems.
She explains, "Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn't know what to do, so we called Martha! She said, 'Don't worry. I'll handle it'. She sent her team down to save us. And then she called her friends who have a home in South Carolina and set us up at the most amazing getaway. This is (on) the day of our wedding!"
Photos from Lively and Reynolds' big day were later published exclusively in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.