July 16th, 2015 – Comment

I’m so happy to share this People exclusive video from Jennie Garth’s wedding:


I love creating a custom gown, and working with Jennie was so much fun! She wanted something a bit non-traditional, but utterly romantic…just my kind of bride! As I do with all of my custom clients, we started by having Jennie try on some of the gowns in my collection. She narrowed it down to these three:


She loved the skirt and fit of Raven, and was considering the black (maybe to match that STUNNING black diamond of hers!), but when she saw Heart’s Desire, that floral embroidery on the ivory tulle, and the back of this dress really stole her heart (ha, pun!). But the whole time, she kept saying, “the blue, I want to try the blue!” and that was Eden. She loved the gold, the touch of sparkle, and yes, the blue silk, so when I suggested we combine the skirt of Raven, the embroidery of Heart’s Desire, layered over the gold sparkle and blue silk of Eden, that was it! I did a very quick working sketch to show her what I meant, and then began her dress.


The illusion neckline and gold thread woven through the delicate lace framed the silhouette and really gave a soft vintage feeling to the gown.


jennie_5Working on a custom gown is truly a collaborative process, and one where I really spend time getting to know my client, thinking about what will make her look beautiful, and maybe even surprising her with something she may not have thought of before. I can only accept a few custom clients per year, as the process is quite involved and does require several trips to LA here at The Castle from the first design consultation to the final dress fitting. Sometimes coordinating my travel schedule with my busy clients’ calendar can be a challenge, but we make it work!

I am beyond honored that Jennie chose me to design her garden wedding dress, and I wish her, Dave, and her lovely daughters much love.

Now I’m running out to get my copy of People to see more pretty pics!

If you would like more information on ordering a custom Claire Pettibone gown, please contact our Los Angeles Flagship Salon at The Castle, 310-360-6268. To view the complete Couture collection, click here, and for the Romantique by Claire Pettibone collection priced under $3,000, click here.



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Musings: Still Life Preview

November 20th, 2013 – Comment

The finale of the Still Life Collection at the New York International Bridal Week on October 12, 2013

I am so excited to share my Still Life Collection. It all started with a Dutch masterpiece “Still Life of Flowers on a Marble Table,” by Rachel Ruysch, 1716. In the second half of the 17th century, the art of the floral still-life reached the height of fashion. Dramatic arrangements of flora and fauna, insects and fruits, set against dramatic dark backgrounds exude a mysterious romanticism.

Painting by Rachel Ruysch and 'Papillion' back view from the Still Life Collection

'Rachel' back and 'Raven' front view from the Still Life Collection

Graceful details adorn delicate silks and laces gilded in gold, glowing as if lit from within. The rich floral embroideries give the effect of a painting come to life, while a few artful butterflies flutter in. The brilliance of nature’s beauty is highlighted to dramatic effect, just as the bride becomes the center of our attention.

Heart's Desire from the Still Life Collection

'Mariposa' from the Still Life Collection

'Alchemy' from the Still Life Collection

'Amaryllis' and 'Lily' from the Still Life Collection

'Sonata' from the Still Life Collection

The models posing with Claire Pettibone backstage of her Bridal Presentation of the Still Life Collection

We invite you to be the first to view and try on the Still Life Collection during our Holiday Preview in Los Angeles, at the Castle, by appointment, December 6th and 7th.

7415 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90036
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The Still Life Collection will be arriving in salons early 2014. Take a sneak peek of the entire collection here, and we invite you to being scheduling appointments with our retailers to experience the gowns in person.


A note to our Flagship visitors:

I make every attempt to be here personally for events at The Castle, and so look forward to meeting our lovely brides during Trunk Shows, but my 6 year old daughter is performing in her first Nutcracker this same weekend, and I just can’t miss it! The artist Rachel Ruysch, who’s painting inspired this collection had 10(!) children and a very successful career throughout her lifetime (b.1664 d.1750). Obviously, I am following in a long line of women attempting to balance the joys of career and motherhood, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for understanding and I can’t wait to see our first Still Life weddings in the new year!

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Musings: Tassels, ribbons and ties, oh my!

July 31st, 2013 – 1 Comment

Ribbons make the loveliest of wedding decorations…tied onto chairs, streaming from trees, and of course in the case of our Maiden gown, streaming from your waist and shoulders for the dreamiest walk down the aisle!


See more of Maiden and the entire collection at 
Tassel photo: via Pinterest

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Musings: Happy Fourth of July!

July 4th, 2013 – Comment

Sparkling lace with sweet lemon hues put us in the mood to celebrate!

Sparkling4th-of-JulySee more of Chantilly and the entire Claire Pettibone collection at
Photo: Apryl Ann Photography, see more photos here
Sparkling sorbet photo via


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Musings: Rose Gold

June 19th, 2013 – Comment

Not just for jewelry…a lovely combination of dusty rose, gold, butter and sage makes a beautiful wedding palette. Brides, what colors are you choosing for your big day?


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Flower photo via Pinterest

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