Claire Pettibone featuring the romantic world of vintage inspired couture wedding gowns, luxury dresses and accessories. The Claire Pettibon collection embodies the designers vision of vintage romance with an enchanted bohemian spirit
We just love the details of Brenna and Jonathan’s spring wedding; from the flowers and décor, to of course the bride’s custom wedding dress and veil!Brenna loved the Primavera gown, but wanted just a little more coverage through the arms and back, so Claire designed blooming vines to trail down the sleeves, and raised the back to give our bride lots of options for undergarments. Blending the artistry with the practical, is something we do on a regular basis, and one of the benefits of having a gown created just for you.What a beauty she is with her gorgeous dark hair, and green eyes to match the sage embroidery in her dress! To complete the look, Claire designed a custom embellished veil to go with Brenna’s gown. Incorporating elements from our Vintage Vine veil, and adding embroidery and appliques from her gown, we all agreed, this was the most romantic finishing touch. The bridesmaids’ dusty rose dresses served as the perfect backdrop to their hoop bouquets, a detail that was different from the norm, and so breathtaking. After a sweet ceremony in front of a gorgeous floral circle, these two celebrated their marriage with loved ones over brunch…another unique choice!What a great idea for an early spring wedding, and the ultimate excuse for a champagne/mimosa/bellini bar! Part of what makes our CP brides so inspiring, are the personal and creative touches they add to make their weddings truly unique. Brenna, her mom, and that adorable little one, were a joy to have at our Flagship salon as we crafted this custom gown and veil, and we can’t get over how beautiful this wedding was. Congratulations to the happy couple!
In this culture of on demand NOW and NEXT, what is timeless? This is something I actually spend a lot of time thinking about as I design a collection. Although I love trends and find inspiration in both the past and my current surroundings, when I create a wedding dress, I do think about the long term.One day my bride will look back at these photos, and maybe even down the line her children or grandchildren will too…what will they think? Was it trendy? Was it too much or not enough? Most importantly, does it capture her essence, who she was at that sweet time in life when love between two people was just beginning. My ultimate goal is to create wedding dresses that portray each bride and illuminates her beauty and endures the test of time.This season, I put my spin on the classic strapless gown, and here is a peek at some of the dresses debuted during April Bridal Market. A sublime balance of the luxuriant and delicate are at the heart of the Timeless collection gowns. Featured here are a select few of the creations that will be gracing the aisles on my brides early fall 2019 and spring 2020.The romantic and glamorous Odessa featuring a lush French embroidery is perfect for showing off a lovely silhouette.Feel as though you are floating down the aisle on a flowering cloud in Anais. Delicate blooms cover the bodice and cascade ever so gently over the skirt creating the ultimate romantic dress.Marie, designed for hopeless romantic or any lady of the 7 kingdoms. So whether you be a dragon, wolf or lion this wedding dress will satisfy your vintage vibe desires. (forgive my GoT reference :-) I chose a combination of muted colors and of course “timeless” black and white images to capture the mood.The latest collection was captured in a dreamy shoot photographed by Kelle Sauer. Hair and makeup by Page Beauty was inspired by old-world portraits, with a modern, effortless vibe. View the entire Timeless Collection.
Three is the magic number! Three dresses, photographers and floral designers come together for a spring wedding inspiration shoot designed by Ronnie Anderson Events. The results...simply amazing.
Featured on Style Me Pretty, our Gypsy Rose, Bordeaux and Sauvignon gowns are all shown off at the Tyler Gardens in Philadelphia. The subtle hues of the dress are beautifully complemented by the rich, colors and lush garden back drop.
Our hearts are heavy here at Claire Pettibone. The California wildfires that have caused so much destruction and devastation loom large in our minds. Although we are not directly in the path of the fires, we none-the-less feel the intensity and sorrow that has hit our neighbors and home state.As we have been watching the news, trying to think of what we could do to help or aid in some way, one of our dear stockists, London and Lace in South Carolina, offered a suggestion. During their upcoming trunk show they will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of our collection to charities specifically designated to help victims of the fires. We are so touched by their offer of support and committed to match that contribution. We will also be donating a percentage of all sales through the end of January.We are California kids through-and-through. Born, raised and nourished on sunny days and cool ocean breezes, our home state is infused in our DNA. Just last year, we were marveling at the beauty of this amazing place as we shot two collections, Vineyard and California Dreamin’, in areas that are now completely decimated. It’s hard to imagine these areas so full of beautiful plants and wildlife are just gone now.We hope that this gesture can help bring some hope and relief for people and add to the recovery efforts.
We have identified two organizations that are on the front lines of aid and recovery. We invite you to participate in any way you can.
California Fire Foundation has an awesome program “Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE).” Through SAVE, front line firefighters in California provide gift cards, in the amount of $100, to eligible victims of fires or other natural disasters so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.
The California Community Foundation started a fund in 2003 to specially address the growing threats of wildfires. The Wild Fire Relief fund has raised $5million to support people displaced form the fires.
The lush, rich tones of autumn are all around us – from gorgeous florals in shades of spice and crimson, to the stunning golden light that filters through fall’s turning leaves, it’s a beautiful season for an afternoon or evening wedding.Standing out against dramatic colors and rich textures, the vintage-inspired Voyage Gown makes a stunning complement to the deep jewel tones of the season. Reminiscent of medieval times, this styled shoot designed by Reagan Lauren and captured exquisitely by Mariel Hannah, has everything you could imagine for a romantic fall wedding. Rustic tiling and frescos at the Castello di Amorosa transport you instantly to a castle in Tuscany, complete with a cornucopia of fruits and lavish, dramatic florals – inspired by the seasonal offerings of autumn from florists Ponderosa and Thyme. Accented with rich wood seating arrangements from Encore Event Rentals, this dreamy shoot offers endless inspiration for a bride looking to embrace the beauty of Italy no matter where she is.Complete with breathtaking details, Voyage is a true dream for brides looking for the dress – from a full skirt to the fitted illusion lace bodice, this is a gown for the bride who wants it all! Constructed using fine French embroidery, the Voyage gown’s silhouette certainly appeals to brides searching for a modern twist on the classic ball gown. Starting with a fitted bodice and waist, a crinoline underskirt provides the subtlest of volume to the re-embroidered lace skirt. Impeccable detailing is found throughout the gown – especially on the bodice which also features long sleeves and a back that rivals the rest of the gown – a flawless choice for any wedding year-round.Brides looking for a bit of drama will certainly find it with Voyage. Fall is a lovely season to experiment with color; after all, nature herself provides such a stunning assortment of hues this time of year, so it only makes sense to pair the perfect wedding gown with such a palette!The Castello di Amorosa is the perfect venue for brides looking for that European charm without travelling thousands of miles. Invite your guests to step back in time and soak up the charming ambiance of wood, tile and iron as you celebrate your reception in the heart of wine country.Carefully planned hair and makeup is always the final touch to any bridal look. Loose cascading curls and fresh makeup from Aimee Artistry creates a warm, youthful glow and adds even more beauty to this European-inspired bridal shoot. For brides wanting a timeless but modern look, this effortless style complements the essence of the Voyage gown and will look stunning for years to come!
Mother nature is the greatest backdrop artist ever, and the gorgeous 100-acre Kestrel Park, encompassing a 19th century style English country cottage, garden and stables are the perfect showcase for a romantic wedding captured beautifully by Jennifer Fujikawa Photography. The contrast of our vintage inspired ivory Sauvignon wedding dress set against lush florals provided by Mulberry and Moss (and of course the Earth herself!) make the perfect balance and blend of colors.Our Sauvignon gown exudes timeless beauty, and is right at home in this idyllic setting. The cotton lace bodice is loomed by one of the only US lace mills still in existence. Spanning back 4 generations, I have been working with this lace vendor since my early days designing lingerie. They produce Leaver’s laces on the same looms that were brought to America from Germany back in the 1930’s.This particular design features an unusual pattern combining stripes and a floral motif made with a combination of Cotton threads. The layered tulle sleeves are adorned with Guipure lace appliques from yet another US mill! Again, this vendor has been a supplier for my collection from the beginning and creates gorgeous Venice lace based on patterns from the archives. With all of this sumptuous detail, the flowing crepe skirt and long train make an elegant finish to this stunning gown. Accented with rustic tables, seating, and subtle accents that complement the surroundings, this dreamy styled wedding makes me feel like I’ve been transported to a secret garden.Our modern-day heroine is styled simply, with soft, cascading hair and natural makeup provided by BC Makeups. Every bride wants to feel like her most beautiful, authentic self, so this beauty look is perfect bridal inspiration.Being deeply inspired by nature, I always love seeing lush gardens and charming outdoor settings as backdrops for our brides’ weddings, and I would say about 95% of my brides do choose a natural venue. It’s such a beautiful way to transport your guests and create a magical, unforgettable experience.This setting was the perfect showcase for our Sauvignon wedding dress and the array of talented artists that contributed to this shoot.Viewing these images has me longing for some time away from the studio to let the earth recharge me…but in case I don’t get to make that happen immediately, I’ll just wait for the next bride to send me her wedding photos, and live vicariously through her!
I know there seems to be a trend towards minimalism in bridal (see Duchess Meghan as exhibit A), and while I can appreciate that simple can be quite elegant, I just can’t let go of textures and details. I’ve never been one for trends in any case. When I started designing wedding dresses, I did things completely against the grain…no strapless ballgowns for me! In the years that have followed, my vision of a relaxed, feminine, and slightly bohemian wedding dress has now turned out to be a trend itself! But even now, I walk that line of believing that you should wear what feels right to you, and ignore any rules you please, with a kind of old-fashioned belief that a wedding gown should be timeless. When I say timeless, I don’t mean boring, or even classic necessarily, I just mean that it should be YOU, and that when you look back 5, 10, even 20 years from now, you won’t be able to instantly label it with a year, but rather, it will still shine as uniquely you.
These images kind of capture this essence to me…lace and silk, soft light and black and white mixed with dreamy color. Sexy and modern meets who-knows-when vintage beauty. French embroidery, tiny seed pearls, sleeves, and flowing long trains. Illusion backs, covered silk buttons, graceful patterns and romantic styling…there’s just no way I’m giving this up!
When I think of a garden wedding, of course, my first thought is flowers. And since the outdoors is one of my favorite settings for a wedding, I often design gowns that would be perfect in a garden. Flowers are such beautiful and endless inspiration for embroidery and lace patterns. When I design with a floral motif, I envision the bride as the epitome of nature’s beauty.
Gypsy Rose for me is the ultimate expression of the garden theme…layers of embroidered tulle, hints of sage and blush, and yes, flowers blooming in her footsteps. It is as if the garden has sprung to life, and the bride is the Goddess causing it all to grow and flourish around her.
Although an outdoor wedding is the obvious choice for a floral wedding dress, an indoor setting can be a striking contrast. This can be a gorgeous way to bring nature’s gifts inside, and in some ways makes the feminine quality of the bride stand out against the man-made structure. Of course it doesn’t hurt to have stunning textures and gorgeous details as found in this Italian villa! What a dream…hope it inspires you to incorporate flowers into your wedding dress whether you are having an outdoor or indoor wedding.
I’ve always loved incorporating color into wedding dresses, and over the years, it’s become my signature. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a classic Ivory gown as well, but color can be a beautiful way to express your individual style and sets the tone for a unique wedding.
Horizon, from the Vagabond couture collection, incorporates shades of ivory and silver. Starting with the multi-colored silver French embroidery with a metallic thread wrapped around the yarn outlining the motif for a touch of shimmer, which is layered over a delicate grey Chantilly lace, and finally, lined in Ivory silk charmeuse.
And for the latest White Album collection, I re-interpreted this stunning silhouette in all Ivory…gorgeous as well, and with a touch of that metallic thread, so it shimmers too. Which one will you choose? Both color options will be here at the Flagship Salon June 29th-30th, so come see for yourself!
Here’s a gorgeous example of how bright florals can be oh-so-romantic for your wedding day. Paired with our colorful Maia embroidered wedding gown, and our classic Kristene, we just love how luscious these vibrant florals look against these gowns.
We always remind our brides that their dress will photograph lighter than it appears in person, and Maia is a great example. In real life, the Maia embroidery is quite colorful, in shades of pale rose, leaf, and hydrangea, gracefully scattered on delicate tulle. We also offer an ivory version, but maybe these images will inspire you not to be afraid of a little color!
On the other hand, classic ivory is always a beautiful choice, and you may just want to incorporate your pop of color in florals, décor and your wedding party’s outfits. There’s no need to be afraid that color will overpower the bride. Done right, it’s simply stunning!
The Victorian embroidered Kristene wedding dress is so flattering on so many figures, it's no wonder it has stood the test of time. The sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves, rich Guipure dangles which shimmy and dance along your body as heart-shaped embellishments glide down from the sheer illusion back into the heart shaped train are the details that will make you swoon.
Maia features Claire’s signature illusion back with flowers delicately trailing along the tulle. An illusion neckline leads to a fitted waist, adorned with embroidered appliques flowing into a graceful skirt. Follow the sheer back to the dramatic long train, and you’re a vision of nature’s beauty.
Maia is available to order here • Kristene is available to order here