Jennie Garth reveals she designed her own wedding gown, plus dream details of her big day

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Jennie Garth has a long list of achievements on her resume – and now she can add wedding dress designer.

"I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I first tried it on," Garth told AOL in an exclusive interview of her gown for her nuptials to Dave Abrams in July.

The 43-year-old actress and her hubby said their 'I dos' in an intimate backyard ceremony surrounded by their closest friends and family, including "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-star and longtime pal Tori Spelling.

Garth worked with bridal designer extraordinaire Claire Pettibone to create her dream dress, which was far from traditional.

"There were definitely moments where I was very unsure," said the darling newlywed. "But it was a dress I was really proud of."

And her design skill definitely paid off, since she was absolutely glowing when she walked down the isle in a custom sky blue gown embroidered with flowers.

But her dress wasn't the only DIY project Garth tackled for the big day. She also created virtually everything for the ceremony.

"I didn't want to hire somebody and just show up. We really wanted it to feel homespun," the actress dished. "There's a charm in that and it definitely carried through in an emotional level with the people that came."

While Garth confessed that there were times during the planning process where she felt overwhelmed, she gladly took all the assistance she could get from her three favorite helpers.

"The kids helped me with everything. Any project I'm doing, I find a way to get my kids involved in it because it's more fun that way."

It's no surprise the self-described DIY guru isn't afraid to get her hands dirty.

"That's how I was raised," the actress revealed while talking about her newest 'Make It Happen' campaign with Motrin. "My dad always taught me to do something myself before I hire someone else to do it."

With that attitude, it's no surprise that her fairytale wedding was absolutely perfect.

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Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, and Luke Perry at the 7th Annual Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - 1993: Actress Jennie Garth poses for a portrait in 1993 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
Circa 1995, Studio portrait of the cast of the television series, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' 1990s. Clockwise from bottom left: Brian Austin Green, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Luke Perry, Gabrielle Carteris, Mark Espinoza, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. (Photo by Fox Broadcasting/Getty Images)
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Jennie Garth during 1996 Fox TCA in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Jennie Garth. (photo by Newsmakers)
Photo by: Russ Einhorn STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 1999 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 7/19/99 Jennie Garth at the "Trick" premiere. (CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Russ Einhorn STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2001 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 10/22/01 Jennie Garth at the Women in Hollywood Luncheon. (CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Peter Kramer STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 5/16/02 Jennie Garth and husband at the FOX program announcements. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Lee Roth STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax (212) 995-1196 8/14/03 Jennie Garth at the 5th Annual Family Television Awards. (Beverly Hills, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
** FILE ** In this Nov. 18, 2007 file photo Actress Jennie Garth arrives at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles . Garth will reprise her role as Kelly Taylor and join the cast of the CW network's "Beverly Hills, 90210" pilot spinoff. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
Actress Jennie Garth, left, and husband, actor Peter Facinelli pose on the press line at the premiere party for the new television series "90210" in Malibu, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Jennie Garth leads local oral hygiene workshops for local LA children who will now benefit from oral health care and education thanks to Trident's 1.5 million dollar donation to Smiles Across America, in Los Angeles, Calif. on August 27, 2009 (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Trident).
Actor Peter Facinelli and actress Jennie Garth arrive at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" on Thursday, June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Jennie Garth, left, and Lori Loughlin appear at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009,in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Jennie Garth attends the Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Event at Scarpetta on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Jennie Garth, at left, and her daughter, Luca Facinelli attend the Imagine Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SC JOHNSON - Television star Jennie Garth and daughter Fiona get messy while running The Color Run sponsored by Shout on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Jeff Lewis/AP Images for SC Johnson)
Jennie Garth Hosts a 4th of July Party at the Kia Motors Malibu Estate on Friday , July 4, 2014 in Malibu, CA. (Photo by [Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Talent Resources/AP Images)
Original co-stars of the Fox television series "Beverly Hills, 90210" actresses Tori Spelling, left, and Jennie Garth, pose for a portrait in promotion of their upcoming ABC Family series "Mystery Girls" on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Jennie Garth spearheads (with renowned cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah) the 'Loving Is Giving' partnership between The Heart Foundation and ESCADA in recognition of February Heart Health Month at the Escada Boutique on February 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. A percentage of sales at ESCADA boutiques nationwide over the Valentine's Day weekend will be earmarked for The Heart Foundation. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Samantha Harris, Betsy Brandt and Jennie Garth serve lunch to kids at the Feeding America: Say No To Summer Hunger Event In Partnership With The LA Regional Food Bank at The Central Library on July 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Feeding America)
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