Musings: Dragonfly dreams

August 9th, 2012 – 4 Comments

Just had to share this gorgeous story photographed in a mystery garden somewhere in the English countryside…

Claire Pettibone dress Groom in linen suit

Bride and groom

Fountain in secret garden Wedding table in garden

Groom and bride wearing Claire Pettibone

flower chandelier in gardenTable setting for garden wedding

Bride sitting in bench wearing claire pettibone

Vintage china for garden wedding

BrideVintage table setting for wedding

Pink floral table centre

Bride and groom

Bride and groom walking barefoot on grass

CONTRIBUTORS

Venue: that’s a secret!

Photographer: Sarah Gawler

Styling: Hannah Gooch

Dresses: Claire Pettibone 

Linen 3 piece suit: A Suit That Fits

Hair: The Hepburn Collection

Make-up: Daniel K Palmer

Flowers: LK Lily

Vintage china: Roses All Over

Cake: Tempting Cake

Dark corduroy suit: Favourbrook

Jewellery: Libery in Love

Shoes: Jimmy Choo available to hire from Cinderella Me

Floral headband: What Katy Did Next

Jewelled headpiece: Jenny Packham

Wire Chandelier: Rayment Wire

Models: Kate and Dag from MOT models

Musings: Petals from Heaven

July 24th, 2012 – Comment

These gorgeous images captured in an almond orchard in full bloom are almost too beautiful to be real! A lovely bride in the midst of flowering trees is pretty much heaven if you ask me! Featuring Dew Drop and Orange Blossom gowns, enjoy this dreamy stroll through a springtime wonderland.

 
 

 
 
 

Thank you for the lovely features on newsstands now in Pacific Weddings Magazine and featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Photography + art direction: Stephanie Williams – This Modern Romance

Hair + make-up : KC Witcamp

Produced by: Leila from Be Inspired PR

Hair + make-up: KC Witcamp

Hair pieces:Erica Elizabeth Designs

Cake: Cupcakes Couture

Flowers: Dolce Designs Studio

Pink ombre dress and bolero: “Dew Drop” Claire Pettibone

White dress: “Orange Blossom” Claire Pettibone

Shoes and Jewelry : Ruche Bridal

Umbrella : Bella Umbrella

Rentals: Found Vintage rentals

Models: Madeleine and Branden from Vision Model Management

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Musings: Midsummer’s Dream

July 17th, 2012 – Comment

 

 

That irresistible feeling of luxury and lightness…lush textures, details galore, and yet, sweet simplicity. Genevieve was inspired by a languid summer in the French countryside…here she is photographed by the talented Sarah Gawler in one of London’s most beautiful settings, The Orangery. A glass and stone palace built for Lord & Lady Holland’s soirees, it provides an elegant and charming space that is now one of my favorite daydream getaways…I can just imagine the guests, the cocktails, the dancing…isn’t it the sign of a great party, when the ladies are wearing ethereal, and flowing formal gowns, but the vibe is kick-off-your-heels relaxed?!

 

 
 

I’m longing for an end-of-summer party in full bloom. Can’t you just smell the jasmine wafting on the soft breeze of a warm night? What a lovely mood to capture for a summer wedding…


 

 

Photographer: Sarah Gawler

Venue: The Orangery, Holland Park

Stylist: Hannah Gooch

Hair and Make-up: Daniel K Palmer

Model: Zsanet - MOT Models

Stylist Assistant: Emily Nicholson

Florist: LK Lily

Stationery: Artcadia

Cakes: Victoria Made

Jewellery: Alex Monroe

Plates: John Lewis

Cutlery: Zara Home

Table linen: The Linen Works

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Musings: Then and Now

July 11th, 2012 – 2 Comments


 

Vintage jewelry often finds its way into my mind when designing wedding dresses (and often, onto my fingers, ears and neck!) Many years ago, before the current trend of “vintage weddings” appeared, I devoted an entire collection to two of my favorite eras of jewelry design: Art Nouveau 1890-1910 and Art Deco 1920-1939.

Still one of our most popular silhouettes, Cloisonne features intricate “inlaid” velvet on delicate tulle embroidery with ribbons and beading along the neckline…almost takes the place of a necklace, although a lovely pair of earrings might be nice!

The Art Deco style of the 1920’s has always been a favorite of mine (and many of my brides). The Renee gown has vintage brooches at the bodice and the lace rose motif is based on the classic Paul Poiret rose seen in his classic “La Rose de Rosine Parfum, 1912.

  

This season, I’ve been tempted to visit this era again, especially with a couple of gowns, Haviland and Deauville…1920’s glamour seems oh so now! How to keep it modern yet timeless? Don’t OVER-do on the vintage details…if your dress is classically retro, keep the shoes modern and sexy. Maybe the venue is city chic, and you arrive in a classic car and serve Absinthe! Or vice-versa, and the venue is a 1920’s estate, and you add some modern clean lines to the décor…or how about your whole décor and story IS retro, but you have a rockin’ band and the bride and groom each sport a few tattoos?! You know me, I’m really not one for “rules” about a wedding…to me, the magic lies in each individual couple telling a story that is so perfectly “them”.

 

 

I love to see how our brides interpret these fabulous eras as inspiration for weddings…they always look like such fun parties, and so memorable for their guests! It’s all about finding your own personal details and inspiration to create a love story uniquely you.

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Events: Cincinnati, Baby!

July 3rd, 2012 – 2 Comments

My husband and I built our business with a lot of hard work and long hours, but we loved it because it was “our baby”. Well, we reached that age (or at least I did!) where we had to decide if we were going to fit a real baby into our lives. Lucky for us, our little Lorelei came along about 10 months after that, and as any of you parents can understand, we are just beyond in love with her!

Since our daughter arrived, I’ve joined the society of “Women Trying to Balance it All” and not to brag, but I think 5 years in, I’m getting the hang of it! I don’t work quite as many hours as I used to, but I am for the most part, focused and productive. We get home in time to have dinner together as a family, and most weekends are fun-filled. It’s not perfect, but she is happy and knows with a profound certainty that she is loved. Our business is supported by the great team we have built over the years, and as any small business, we’ve had our challenges, but having a child does give you a bit more perspective on those, doesn’t it?!

 

I am extremely passionate about my designs and love the sense of purpose, fulfillment and creative energy that happens each season. People say that having a child changes you, and it certainly does…it opens your heart and makes you a better person…more patient, more humble, more loving…all good qualities in a bridal designer! Lorelei, even at this young age, has an understanding of what her mommy and daddy do, and has been to quite a few NY bridal markets and Trunk Shows!

I am heading out to Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati this month, and the owners were so sweet to invite the whole family! So, I’m looking forward to meeting you all, offering tips and dress advice and hopefully helping brides-to-be find the perfect Claire Pettibone gown. This will be my first visit to Bridal and Formal. They have been carrying the collection for quite a few years now, so it’s long overdue! Can’t wait to share the collection with you there, and if you see a 5 year old hiding behind the dresses, you’ll know that’s my new assistant!

Dresses arrive Friday, and I personally will be there all day Saturday and most of Sunday.

Be sure to make an appointment July 13-15

Phone: 513.821.6622

www.bridalandformalinc.com

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