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.
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.
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Thank you to the amazing team who created this shoot.
ANGELICA | Long sleeved French ivory lace peplum with tulle and Guipure lace insets and lace train.
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 2014 FOR 2015 WEDDINGS
Photography: Anton Oparin
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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 weddingpaperdivas.com/clairepettibone.
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 clairepettibone.com
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
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 weddingpaperdivas.com
Featured Claire Pettibone gowns: Chantilly, Julia and Sonata. View the entire collection at clairepettibone.com
Chantilly images: Apryl Ann Photography
All other gown images: Elizabeth Messina
Cake: Melissa Gidney Photography // Anna Elizabeth Cakes
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