Desiree Hartsock Designing Own Wedding Gown: It’s “Surprising”

Desiree Hartsock in a wedding dress
Desiree Hartsock — seen here modeling a wedding gown exclusively for Us Weekly — says she is designing not one but two dresses to wear when she marries Chris Siegfried. Christa Renee

When former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock walks down the aisle to say “I do” to fiance Chris Siegfried in summer 2014, she’ll do it in a somewhat expected fashion: She’ll wear a custom bridal gown that she designed! Keeping her wedding date under wraps, Hartsock did hint to Us Weekly that she is currently codesigning not one but two dresses with label Maggie Sottero for her big day: A “timeless, yet surprising” silhouette for the vows and a “1920s-inspired” reception frock.

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“I can’t wait for Chris to see me in all the dresses!” the bridal stylist — who moved from her native Colorado to Seattle to be with Siegfried — says of her mortgage broker man.

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Former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock poses with her fiance Chris Siegfried in New York City. Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images

Moving forward with the rest of her wedding planning shortly after accepting Siegfried’s proposal on season 9 of The Bachelorette, Hartsock, who creates gowns for clients from her home, didn’t start designing her own masterpiece until much later.

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“It feels like it was 10 years ago!” the bride-to-be tells Us of her 2013 run on The Bachelorette, which came after Sean Lowe rejected her in favor of now-wife Catherine Giudici on The Bachelor. “It’s funny if people bring up things that happened on the show, because it feels like it was a decade ago because we’re just living our life now. We’ll reminisce about Germany or what we did in Antigua, but for the most part we’re just focusing on making new memories.” (Filming the season finale in May 2013, the duo was forced to keep their engagement a secret until the episode aired in August.)

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While many Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants have televised their wedding — including Hartsock and Siegfried’s Seattle neighbors Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, Hartsock tells Us she remains undecided about the scale of her nuptials. “I think I want it to be more low key than people are expecting — a small ceremony — and just the essentials,” she predicts. “I’m just excited to be designing my dress!”

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