While getting married is supposed to be among the happiest days of your life, the entire process comes with its fair share of stressors. From ensuring that the couple’s attire fit perfectly to managing guests’ dietary restrictions to juggling multiple playlists, a wedding can make even the most organized duo crumble under the weight of expectations. Now, imagine dealing with all of the above plus the addition of dangerous, gun-wielding pirates taking over the private island you’ve rented for your nuptials. That’s the high-stakes premise behind “Shotgun Wedding,” the new action film meets rom-com starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel. The actors play Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel), the engaged couple who bring several dozen of their closest friends to a remote private island in the Philippines for their wedding weekend.
Being the genre-bending movie that it is, the costume design had to be just as flexible — ready to take on any intense, high-flying stunt — explains costume designer Mitchell Travers. The team worked with Galia Lahav for the bride’s wedding gown and Musika for the groom’s tuxedos, producing multiples of the same looks to keep up with the demanding action scenes. “We had nearly 30 of each of those costumes,” Travers tells POPSUGAR.
While Lopez’s wedding dress was certainly the pièce de résistance, Travers reveals an interesting fact about her combat boots — a divisive shoe choice to pair with a bridal gown, to be sure. “Jennifer’s combat boots are custom built for her with a three-inch hidden heel inside,” he reveals. “They help with her height difference from Josh and make a gorgeous leg. I never imagined she’d be able to run down the beach in a three-inch heel, but she sure did — I couldn’t believe my eyes.”
Keep scrolling for our full interview, where Travers reveals the meaning behind Darcy’s wedding gown, her bright-hued necklace, her ex’s ensemble, and more.