Lily Collins wore Ralph Lauren for her weekend wedding to Charlie McDowell

Lily Collins and Charlie McDowell got engaged last September. He proposed while they were out on some kind of camping trip in New Mexico, and he ended up getting her a really pretty and appropriate rose-cut diamond ring. Big enough for a well-known actress but not too big for everyday wear. I didn’t even know they had gotten around to planning their wedding, but they went through with it quietly. They got married last Saturday, the 4th, in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado. It seemed to be a purely outdoor wedding, and they posed for their wedding photos by a waterfall!

Lily wore Ralph Lauren – while we can’t see every detail on the gown, it appears to be long-sleeved, with a full lace overlay, fitted with a high neck. Her updo is lovely (she has nice hair), and in lieu of a veil, she seemed to wear a hooded lace cape which makes her look like Joan of Arc or something. Really beautiful.

Some of the messages she posted with her IGs: “I’ve never wanted to be someone’s someone more than I do yours, and now I get to be your wife. On September 4th, 2021 we officially became each other’s forever. I love you beyond @charliemcdowell…⁣Never been happier. What started as a fairytale, is now my forever reality. I’ll never be able to properly describe how otherworldly this past weekend was, but magical is a pretty good place to start…”

PS… I still think it’s funny/interesting that before he started dating Lily, Charlie had a years-long relationship with Rooney Mara. Rooney dumped him for Joaquin Phoenix and the rest is history. Anyway, I’m happy for these two.



Photos courtesy of Lily Collins’ Instagram (and @cedarandpines).

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  1. jbyrdku says:

    Never heard of him.

    • Courtney B says:

      He’s the son of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen.

      • BothSidesNow says:


      • K says:

        Also, Ted Danson is his step-dad. Charlie was the first director I worked with (as an art department assistant) when I moved to Hollywood about 15 years ago, and he’s made a couple interesting indie films.

    • smcollins says:

      He’s the son of famous parents (Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen), and a filmmaker.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Talk about a power couple!! I didn’t realize his father was Malcolm McDowell!! That’s a fierce combination of famous parents!! I adore Malcolm McDowell as he is a phenomenal actor and has been for decades!! And it wouldn’t suck to have Mary Steenburgen as your mother, she seems so down to earth and a very lovely woman.

      • Yvette says:

        Isn’t Lily the daughter of musician Phil Collins?

      • liz says:

        @Yvette – yes, she’s Phil Collins’s daughter with Jill Tavelman, his second wife.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Lily was once a very entitled girl that felt she earned her way into acting on merit while her father made phone calls for her to get jobs. She spoke (like Selma did) about growing up wearing vintage Chanel and that meant you were not well off because it wasn’t the latest season.

        But just before meeting her now husband she became less thirsty and has really seemed to have come into adulthood as well enough adjusted. Good for her. The dress is lovely and the hood cape works for the backdrop.

    • HandforthParish says:

      I’d never heard of him, but he looks just like his dad!
      Now I can’t stop whistling ‘Singing in the Rain’… 🙂

      • BeanieBean says:

        I think he’s a perfect blend of both his parents. What a lovely wedding setting. Good luck to the happy couple!

    • terra says:

      Neither had I, but if Mary Steenburgen is his mother that means Ted Danson is his step-father. Just think of the The Good Place spoilers that could have been had!

      • Normades says:

        I love that episode of curb your enthusiasm where Larry develops a crush on Mary and hates on Ted 😝

      • Maria says:

        LMAOOOO the one where Larry takes a drink of Mary’s mom’s water and chokes kills me.

        And then she and Ted “divorce” and she says Larry isn’t her type and then she dates someone just like him, LOL.

    • North of Boston says:

      I was obsessed with Time After Time when I was younger… MMcD and MS might have been my first “ship” and I was tickled when they paired up in real life and sad when they split. (And horrified when I learned about A Clockwork Orange, refused to watch it for years because I didn’t want to wreck my more romantic image of MMcD lol!)

      These two seem pretty balanced for kids of the biz.

    • Anne Call says:

      I really liked his first film The One I love with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. Looks like he’s doing a film with Collins called Gilded Rage. He lives just south of Santa Barbara on the beach and seems like a low key guy. Famous parents and step-parent. They have a darling rescue dog that is featured a lot in their Instagram.

      Sat next to him and Mara years ago at the SB Biltmore bar after Rooney Mara had been at a presentation at the SB Film festival. She was definitely an awkward person.

  2. Dtab says:

    She is absolutely stunning and I am obsessed with the picture by the waterfall. I also love love love the hooded cape.

    • FHMom says:

      I am speechless because it’s all so tasteful and beautiful. The dress, the location, the photos. The pictures could be an old time Ralph Lauren ad that would appear in The NY Times Sunday magazine.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      As do I. I think her entire dress with the hooded cape looks stunning!!! I think that they make a lovely couple and she looks absolutely gorgeous and she is so happy!! I love watching people getting married!! They chose a fabulous location as well!!

      I wish them all the best!!

    • Christine says:

      Same, it’s so unexpected, and absolutely gorgeous, and I am never into wedding gowns!

  3. Woke says:

    I wonder why the hooded lace cape. It’s so odd. She looked beautiful.

  4. Becks1 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  5. sunny says:

    Lovely! Both looked gorgeous and happy and that is so nice. I am obsessed with that hood/veil look.

  6. Normades says:

    They are adorable. Congrats kids!

  7. Christine says:

    I did not know his mom is Mary Steenburgen! Such a beautiful couple.

  8. ABC says:

    He has a type

    • Aeren says:

      You said it for me. She is like a sweetened up version of Rooney. She looks beautiful.

    • Jane says:

      I was going to say the same thing! So similar looking.

    • Normades says:

      Dated Emilia Clark too, so yea, definitely a type

      • Dds says:

        As I recall the gossip at the time was that Emelia Clarke dumped him because he was weird and inappropriate with her.

    • Pix says:

      Just looked at her insta for the first time and there is one picture where she’s got a deep red lipstick and she could be a dead ringer for Rooney. Well, her dress is beautiful and she looked gorgeous.

  9. smcollins says:

    Congrats to them! That photo by the waterfall is absolutely gorgeous, wow!

  10. Miranda says:

    She looks stunning, but the cape is a bit extra for a summer wedding (I’m not mad at it, though!). What is with all these summer brides in long-sleeve, high-neck gowns?!

    • Lucky Charm says:

      When I got married, my wedding was in July and my gown had a high neck and long sleeves. It’s not like she’s wearing flannel or velvet lol.

      • Miranda says:

        I know, I know. I’m just bitter, I guess. Before COVID ruined our plans, I was going to be an autumn/winter bride with a church wedding, but every dress I fell in love with was airy and summery, so my thinking was, “why cover up so much if you don’t have to?” Also, I’m short and, ahem, lavishly endowed, so high necklines don’t really work on me, and I kinda hate anyone who can wear them (not really!).

    • Fortuona says:

      Since when was September the summer

      • Miranda says:

        I’m going by astronomical seasons. If I were going just by weather, I’d say it doesn’t feel like autumn until like, mid-October these days.

      • yellow says:

        My bday is just before the last day of summer…which is Sept. 21st. So unless you live in a cold climate, have to get every drop in!

      • Krystina says:

        Technically, Fall doesn’t start until September 22 this year, this would be considered a summer wedding.

    • Nikki* says:

      Every bride I’ve seen in the last 7 years has had a strapless wedding dress, like a bustier. I am so ready for something different. I love her look!

  11. Sofia says:

    Gorgeous dress and wedding location. Congratulations to them both.

  12. Lucy2 says:

    Beautiful wedding and waterfall.

  13. Evagest says:

    Didnt he also use to date Emilia Clarke?

    • Red Dog says:

      I did a double take, because I swear that wasn’t very long ago at all!

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Yes and rumors at the time was that there was an overlap between him dating Emilia and Lily.

      • Fortuona says:

        Well he dated her until Feb 2019 and they broke up and he started dating Lily in July so apart from the stans where did these rumours come from

  14. Marietta says:

    I love the cape! What a beautiful couple. Happy pictures can make your day!


    I’m going to disagree on the updo- she is known for great, thick, shiny hair, but this very aggressive slicked middle part doesn’t work with the romance and ethereal nature of everything else.

  16. Hazel says:

    Everything is picture perfect. Congrats to the couple

  17. Megan says:

    We often go camping near Dunton. It’s a ghost town that they’ve renovated into a high end, small resort. Absolutely amazing if you can afford it!

  18. Case says:

    I’m so in love with her dress. The long sleeves, the cape, the HOOD. Gorgeous, and really lovely photos. Congrats to them.

  19. msd says:

    This relationship has short-lived marriage written all over it. He’s a serial dater of actresses who apparently started seeing Lily while he was still with Emilia Clarke. If I was a betting woman I’d guess two years.

    I do like her dress though.

    • supersoft says:

      This. I dont get “forever” from his side. 🙁

    • Anne Call says:

      Oh please. He and Mara went out for 6 years.

      • Plums says:

        what’s the timeline here? Because I could see this marriage lasting if it went Long Term Relationship with Rooney Mara -> Rebound with Emilia Clark after Rooney leaves him for Joaquin Phoenix -> Moves on from Rebound to Long Term, Final Relationship with Lily Collins. I guess what I’m saying is he’s not necessarily bound to be a cheater even if he cheated on Emilia Clark with Lily if he and Emilia weren’t super serious.

    • Nina says:

      Same, something about them is off. Especially when wedding is so perfect and elegant and tasteful, that usually gives me strange vibes, like they’re trying too hard

      • Fortuona says:

        How exactly did he cheat of Emilia ? As they broke up in Feb 2019 ,she was then supposed to be dating Matt Smith and the first mention of him and Lilly was in July 2019 was when they got papped

        So girlfriend leaves him for another guy , he breaks up with Emila (or she did) and then 6 months later is seeing someone else .What a cad

        And once again how was he cheating on Emilia 6 months after they broke up

      • Fortuona says:

        And 2 children of major celebs get married (and one of them works for fashion houses )where did you think they would get married in a barn . They could have had it it her mothers place of work but I guess you would moaned about that as well as it is the BH Womens Club

  20. MangoAngelesque says:

    I wonder if Emilia is giving this one a bit of a knowing side-eye, even while graciously wishing them the best.

    • Fortuona says:

      Why ,they had been broken up fro 6 months before he started dating Lily and by that time she was on to Matt Smith

      • MangoAngelesque says:

        @FORTUONA — Because the general consensus was that the reason they broke up was her distaste of his telling of r*pe jokes (often on Twitter), bullying behaviour (again, often on Twitter, which Lilly herself has gotten embroiled in), and her dislike of being cheated on (not on Twitter, so no visible records of that).

      • Fortuona says:

        What visible record ? He got with Lily 6 months later so who was he cheating with ?

        And glad to see Emiliastans are so reasonable , Do they still hate Rose ?

      • MangoAngelesque says:

        @FORTUONA— lol, I’ve never been a “stan” of anyone, at least, not since I was a kid and declaring your 90210 loyalties was mandatory.

        As for your question, Twitter is its own visual history of his bullying behaviour, and anyone with Google can type a search and see it for themselves. Regarding the cheating rumour, as I said, it was just that: a rumour. That’s why I made certain to qualify that it wasn’t proven.

        But i do genuinely apologize if my criticism of a random celebrity offended you. He simply seems…questionable…to me.

  21. TheOriginalMia says:

    I was absolutely floored by her dress and cape. So pretty. Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations!

  22. Ann says:

    It is a dramatic look but I kind of love it. She looks like something out of Arthurian legend, lol. Very romantic. I’m one who got really tired of seeing all of the plain strapless wedding dresses that just looked like long white cocktail dresses, so I appreciate her doing something different. And the waterfall is beautiful.

  23. Natters says:

    Shows that being dumped can lead to good things. The universe has a plan for us.

  24. AmelieOriginal says:

    I’ve followed Charlie McDowell on Twitter since his Dear Girls Above me days lol, so I knew his mom was Mary Steenburgen and his stepfather was Ted Danson before most people did (not familiar with his dad though he’s also an actor). For those unaware, he used to live in an apartment where he could overhear these two super ditzy women living above him and would tweet the stupid things they would say. Looking back, I’m sure he embellished their conversations and exaggerated some mildly funny things he overheard. His Twitter account was pretty popular and he even wrote a book about the experience (you can find the book on Amazon still). So that’s how I know him, not from being Rooney Mara’s ex or Lily Collins’s husband.

    Also he definitely has a type, Lily is Rooney’s doppelganger in some pictures. Very pretty dress and locale, they are a good-looking couple. I don’t like the hood veil though, it gives me Snow White/Little Red Riding Hood vibes (I know Lily played Snow White in a movie).

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      That’s a funny story about his tweets. I’m more familiar with his Mom & Dad (and step Dad).
      Malcom McDowell has been in a lot. He’s the sociopath Alex in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange. The principal in Easy A. Stanton Infeld in the Franklin & Bash series, Brett Stiles in The Mentalist, Linderman in Heroes..lots more.

      Congratulations to them! I love the hoodie cape.

  25. amilou says:

    I stared at the thumbnail for a solid 10 seconds before I realized that wasn’t Rooney Mara.