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Musings New Looks: Less Is More

November 23rd, 2015 – Comment

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Sometimes less really is more. That’s how I feel about these light, airy images from a recent styled shoot by Kayla Barker. Like a breath of clean air, just pure, simple beauty. In the wedding world, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the details, from flowers to layers of décor, and don’t get me wrong, I love every adorned, swathed, beaded bit of it, but isn’t it nice sometimes to just focus on one thing? To appreciate a beautiful lace dress, or a pretty face without too much makeup, a perfect bridal bouquet, a clean, white-washed space with a simple chandelier.








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It’s that time of year when we’re reminded to take a moment to be grateful, and I’m feeling especially thankful for some of the simple things. It might be something to keep in mind as you are planning a wedding as well. Even if you are going crazy with the details, try to at least pause long enough to enjoy each one! Maybe you don’t need every last thing on your wish list…maybe enough is more than enough. You are in love, family and friends will be celebrating with you…everything else is, as they say, icing on the cake.

Romantique by Claire Pettibone gowns featured: Wyoming, Estelle, Georgia

Claire Pettibone for Trumpet & Horn rings featured: ArielCelestine

Claire Pettibone Heirloom Cloisonné gloves


Thank you to the amazing team who created this shoot.

Photographer: Kayla Barker –

Venue: The White Sparrow Barn –

Floral Design: Bows & Arrows Flowers –

Hair and Makeup: Makenzi Laine – @makenzilaine

Model: Grace of Callidus Agency –

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November 18th, 2014 – Comment

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angelicaANGELICA | Long sleeved French ivory lace peplum with tulle and Guipure lace insets and lace train.

arielARIEL |  Silver and gold sequined gown with illusion neckline with long tulle sleeves, jeweled gold waist.

basilicaBASILICA | French Ivory lace delicately threaded with black outlines layered over embroidered border.

celestineCELESTINE | Champagne halter neck beaded embroidery with ivory stained glass illusion back, and sequin train.

chapelleCHAPELLE | Sleeveless beaded bodice with organza ribbons and French gold striped lace skirt with Guipure waist.

edenEDEN | Keyhole back with golden floral vines embroidered on tulle with sequins and lace embellishment.

elizabethELIZABETH | Ecru beaded Chantilly lace low back mermaid gown with eyelash Leaver’s lace trim.

emanuelEMMANUEL | Long Ivory French lace angel sleeves with sequined guipure lace illusion back, and sequined train.

eternityETERNITY | Capped sleeve ivory embroidery with Guipure quatrefoil dangles, and illusion back.

evangelineEVANGELINE | ¾ sleeved French silver lace bodice with flowing metallic silver lace skirt and jeweled appliqués.

faithFAITH | Ivory soutache ribbon embroidery on net with champagne silver Guipure lace straps.

florenceFLORENCE | Sweetheart neckline silver striped French lace with fringed quatrefoil Guipure illusion back.

gabrielleGABRIELLE | Capped sleeve corded champagne embroidery with illusion back, Swarovski jeweled Guipure trim.

jophielJOPHIEL | Sleeveless ivory Guipure embroidery with sequins and silver rose insets, and keyhole back.

michaelaMICHAELA | Long sleeved gold and silver embroidered flowers with Guipure silver trim, and antique tulle.

notre-dameNOTRE DAME |  Long sleeved French sky blue and black lace with stained glass beaded illusion back.

raphaellaRAPHAELLA | Guipure applique winged sleeves adorn ivory floral circular embroidery with illusion back.

sevilleSEVILLE | ¾ sleeved ecru striped Cluny lace with floral lace insets, and rows of gold Guipure dangles.

trinityTRINITY | Tiered sky blue border embroidery with blue velvet and crystal embellished empire silhouette.

urielURIEL | Long sleeved burnished silver Leaver’s lace and tulle with embroidered stained glass belt.

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New Looks: Romantique by Claire Pettibone

July 9th, 2014 – 1 Comment



adelaide ADELAIDE  |  Re-embroidered lace with crepe lining and lace straps.

amour AMOUR  |  Below-the-knee lace dress with sheer back, satin lining and re-embroidered appliqués.

biancaBIANCA  |  Crepe blouson sleeve gown with delicate web net sash and train.

casablanca CASABLANCA  |  Floral lace mini with flowing chiffon panels and re-embroidered lace appliqués.

ceylon CEYLON  |  Chiffon gown lined in satin with flutter sleeves and sash.

clementineCLEMENTINE  |  Sequined eyelash lace lined in satin with chiffon sash and train.

estelleESTELLE  |  Eyelash cotton lace lined in satin with scalloped bodice and sheer back.

gagrdeniaGARDENIA  |  Dramatic floral lace with sheer back, satin lining and re-embroidered appliqués.

kasbahKASBAH  |  Striped cotton Leaver’s lace lined in crepe with boho sleeves.

laurelLAUREL  |  Rose lace bodice with flowing chiffon sleeves and low back.

lilithLILITH  |  Delicate web net lined in cotton with Leaver’s lace bodice, shirred long sleeves and detachable train.

patchouliPATCHOULI  |  Re-embroidered lace lined in crepe with ¾ lace sleeves and scalloped edge neckline.

phaedraPHAEDRA  |  Chiffon layered over floral lace with low-back lace bodice adorned with roses.

queen-anneQUEEN ANNE’S LACE  |  Cotton Leaver’s lace with tulle lined in cotton with satin sash and beaded appliqué.

rhapsodyRHAPSODY  |  Hi-lo layered chiffon and crepe skirt with eyelash lace bodice and flutter sleeve.

robynROBYN  |  Toile cotton pencil skirt with lace bodice and tulle overlay with satin sash.

rosemaryROSEMARY  |  Floral Chantilly lace mermaid gown with low back and lace shoulder appliqués.

seraphinaSERAPHINA  |  Chantilly lace layered gown with chiffon flounces, and sheer lace back and bustle.

thymeTHYME  |  Toile cotton gown with tulle and Leaver’s lace tiered overlay.

topangaTOPANGA  |  Lace boho gown with delicate web lace sleeves and sheer skirt and train.

yolandaYOLANDA  |  Cotton cluny lace lined in satin with satin sash and silk flower.

 Photography: Anton Oparin

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New Looks: Heart’s Desire

February 14th, 2014 – Comment

So much of my work is about the dream of romance, and I LOVE it! The fantasy and beauty are what inspire my soul and make life worth living. I was in a particularly enchanted frame of mind when I dreamt up this gown called Heart’s Desire. Draping this beautiful embroidery on my mannequin, I held the flower just so…and the rosebud gracefully fell across her heart. It made MY heart skip a little beat, as I couldn’t imagine a more romantic piece of clothing for a bride. I can just see the luscious bouquet, the gold wreath, the gorgeous décor that will be paired with this dress. And what a truly magical, breath-taking, unexpected way to show your devotion to the man you will marry, than to wear the symbol of eternal love on your heart.






Begin the story with Fairy Tale Romance save the dates and invitations, or romance them all with the petals of Earthly Paradise. These and other swoon-worthy invitations are available now on

The entire collection of couture gowns is shown here. Which one is your heart’s desire?

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day, but more than that, a lifetime of true love.







Invitation suites featured: Earthly Paradise and Fairy Tale Romance, available here.
Featured Claire Pettibone gowns: Heart’s Desire and Alchemy.  View the entire collection at
Chair with bouquet: Lara Hotz //  Jardine Botanic Floral Styling
Cake: Vicky Starz Photography //  The Caketress
Heart’s Desire styled image: Photographed for the February issue of ALEXA WEDDINGS from the New York Post, captured by Victoria Will with styling by Anahita Moussavian
Table and bouquet: Hunter Leone
Alchemy image: Elizabeth Messina


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New Looks: Claire Pettibone For Wedding Paper Divas | Vol. 3

February 12th, 2014 – Comment

The thing about ideas that I love most, is when seemingly unrelated things come together to inspire something new. This pattern for Embossed Porcelain invitations actually began with engraved crystal goblets from my personal collection. As we were working on the motif and laying out the colors, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if it had that raised look of Wedgwood china…especially with the ivory on blue color combo. But then it also kind of reminds me of fondant icing on a wedding cake, and wallpaper, and lace…well, you get the picture!


These gowns all share this same attention to detail and patterns that reflect this inspiration. It’s all about texture, delicate beading or intricate embroideries. The subtle contrast between lace and skin, beautiful backs, and elaborate sleeves. So many ways to say “I love you!”






I always say, the venue and the gown are the two things that really set the tone for the wedding. From there, the style, mood, and all of the details fall into place. If you choose a gown with delicate detailing, why not make that the story for your décor, your invitations, your cake? Layers of delicious embroidery and lace topped with a touch of spun sugar. Confections for the bride make a delicious indulgence…bon appetite!


See more of Embossed Porcelain and the entire invitation collection at

Featured Claire Pettibone gowns: Chantilly, Julia and Sonata.  View the entire collection at
Chantilly images: Apryl Ann Photography
All other gown images: Elizabeth Messina
Cake: Melissa Gidney Photography // Anna Elizabeth Cakes

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