About the Castle
Welcome to a fairy tale world of art and romance at the castle-like historic landmark that is now headquarters to Claire Pettibone. Built in 1928 for noted muralist Anthony Heinsbergen (1894-1981), and designed by Curlett & Beelman in a Late Gothic Revival and Romanesque style, the bridal designer known for her vintage inspired wedding gowns carries on her artistic heritage by restoring the castle to its former glory. The daughter of artist parents - her father a pioneer in the Appropriation Movement of the 1960’s, and her mother acclaimed landscape and photo-realist painter, instilled an appreciation for the arts in their only daughter.
The self-described “true romantic” brings a breath of fresh air to the bridal world. Her collection embodies a clear vision, reflecting old-world romance and an enchanted bohemian spirit. The garden, vineyard, rustic and vintage inspired weddings that are blogged, tweeted and pinned so prolifically, feature some of the designer’s devoted followers. Gowns with gentle hints of color, couture details, European laces and graceful embroideries, along with the designer’s signature dramatic back details, are all crafted in the Los Angeles atelier.
Claire's parents were both professional artists, so she was exposed to galleries and museums and encouraged to develop her creativity. She studied classical ballet for years and the stories and costumes of the ballet continue to influence her ideas of elegance and grace. As a teenager, Claire began pouring over European Vogue where the world of couture opened up to her. She completed study in fashion design at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles and began her career in design.
A dramatic arch and gold-leaf mirrored doors lead the way to the gown gallery filled with the designer’s collection of couture wedding gowns along with veils and accessories to complete the ensemble. French Empire antiques set the stage in the main showroom where brides and their guests delight and deliberate over which of the lovely gowns to select. Victorian dressing rooms offer ample room for clients to enjoy a private appointment. A must-see for any bride looking for that once-in-a-lifetime dress, and an enchanted experience to go along with it.