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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!

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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!”

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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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New Looks: Claire Pettibone For Wedding Paper Divas | Vol. 2

February 10th, 2014 – Comment

I am thrilled to share a project very dear to my heart…wedding invitations designed exclusively for Wedding Paper Divas! When I create a collection, I envision the entire wedding…the venue, the flowers, the dress…it all comes together to tell a story, and the wedding invitation is the first hint of things to come.

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One of nature’s most unique gifts, the butterfly captures the imagination with her kaleidoscope of colors and the symbolism of re-birth and finding true beauty within.

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Butterflies naturally come to mind when thinking of a garden wedding. I would love to see this lush suite paired with some of my most romantic gowns.

 

 

See more of Fluttering Forever and the entire invitation collection at weddingpaperdivas.com

Featured Claire Pettibone gowns: Papillon and Minuet.  View the entire collection at clairepettibone.com
All gown images by Elizabeth Messina
Bouquet: K. Burnham Floral Design
Cake Image by : Amy Carroll Photography

 

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New Looks: Claire Pettibone for Wedding Paper Divas | Vol. 1

February 6th, 2014 – Comment

Wedding Paper Divas approached me back in April of last year, and asked me to design a collection of wedding invitations. I’m thrilled to finally reveal this project that we have been sketching, painting and scripting over the last 6 months. When looking for inspiration, I often find it in paintings from some of the world’s master artists. What better place to start when composing my first wedding invitation suites for Wedding Paper Divas?!

MB_1Dramatic arrangements of flora and fauna set against a dramatic dark background exude a mysterious romanticism. “Still Life of flowers on a Marble Table” by Rachel Ruysch, displays the brilliance of nature’s beauty.

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Everything I design is so romantic, but sometimes a bit of mystery, a touch of the dark, tempers the sweetness.

 

LL_1I really wanted to bring the still life painting to life. The bride dressed in delicate lace represents the lily which embodies purity and hope. The colors and elements surrounding her have meaning and symbolism of their own, and together, they tell a beautiful story.

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In the second half of the 17th century, the art of the floral still-life reached the height of fashion. A stunning bouquet of white lilies and pink peonies alongside golden pomegranates – a symbol for prosperity, bring good fortune to our lucky couple.

 

 

See more of Midnight Bouquet, Lush Life and the entire invitation collection at weddingpaperdivas.com

Featured Claire Pettibone gowns: Brigitte, Mariposa and Lily.  View the entire collection at clairepettibone.com
All gown images by Elizabeth Messina
Bouquet image by Sarah Winward of Honey and a Thousand Flowers
Blackberry cocktail photo by Jen Fariello Photography
Still Life painting by Dupuis Pierre

 

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New Looks: Decoupage Details • Lace

May 21st, 2013 – Comment

Lace is one of my favorite fabrics. There are so many varieties and techniques used to create this intricate textile, but I prefer the old ways. Many of the mills that I work with are in their 4th, 5th, and in one case, 9th generation of family owned businesses! Some of the lace patterns in my collection were designed and drafted in the 1760’s. I feel the history behind these gorgeous fabrics makes lace such a special choice for a wedding dress. That sense of the past, and artisan craftsmanship being handed down through the generations is rare in our disposable world, and it gives me hope that there are still people doing this work, and brides that appreciate it.

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See the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com

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New Looks: Decoupage Details • Floral

May 16th, 2013 – Comment

I’ve never had the time to scrapbook or craft much, but I love looking at hand made decorative objects, and obviously, my creative energies all go into creating my own “crafting” of wedding dresses! This season, inspiration struck while looking at some Victorian decoupage. From the French word “to cut” this art of assembling and layering paper cutouts (often from floral greeting cards, wallpaper, and such) is still quite popular. As I was working with the layers of lace, appliques, vintage ribbons and hand-made flowers, I loved this idea of layering and almost creating a “collage” with my materials. My daughter saw me working on the Charlotte belt, and couldn’t resist helping out! Maybe I will have a future assistant!

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See the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com

 

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