Real Brides: Betty S Patterson in Lucien

April 22nd, 2011 – Comment

Photographer: Bliss Wedding Studio // Gown: Lucien (discontinued) // Salon: Claire Pettibone Flagship

John and I met at Berkeley during our freshman year and became best friends instantly. We began dating during our second year in school and had a very special connection that just could not be explained, especially at such a young age. After dating for two years, under circumstances beyond our control…we had to part ways and move on to finish school in different states. Our hearts were broken. It wasn’t until eight years later that we were able to reconnect… we were just in the right place and it was the right time…we decided to give ‘us’ a try again—and this time it would be forever!

I knew I wanted to have an outdoor wedding. When we started searching for a venue, we came across the Temecula Creek Inn. Temecula is about an hour and a half southeast of Los Angeles. It wouldn’t be a true destination wedding, but just a bit of a drive. It was so worth it though! Temecula is truly a beautiful place. The Temecula Creek Inn had a beautiful open area on its property with a historic ‘Stonehouse’ that used to be a sleeping quarters for miners in the 1800’s. The building had been restored for events such as weddings. It was going to be the perfect backdrop–rustic and beautiful.

Like many brides-to-be, I began searching for a wedding dress by looking in magazines. My mom and I flipped through dozens of them together. On one of the days we were perusing magazines, she called me over to look at a dress. It was just amazing—I had never seen anything like it. The dress was the Lucien gown by Claire Pettibone. It had the perfect amount of vintage, romantic, and lace. I called the salon in Beverly Hills to inquire about the dress. They unfortunately informed me that they were not making that particular dress anymore. The dress in the magazine was made for an editorial photo shoot. There was only one sample dress and it was in a size 2 or 4 for a runway model that was 5 foot 10 inches. Well, I definitely could not wear that dress; I’m 5 foot 3 inches!

I pleaded with Cynthia at the boutique about possibly having one made for me. She said that she would ask Claire and get back to me! I was on pins and needles waiting to hear back from her for a little over two weeks. I continued searching for other dress options online and in magazines. I never went to a bridal salon or any other boutique to try on any dresses. I finally heard back from Cynthia and she said that there was just enough fabric and lace to make one more dress! Oh, joy—I couldn’t believe it—one more just for me. As long as it was a size 8 or less, it could be done! I was a size 6! It was definitely meant to be.

I went into the Claire Pettibone salon to be measured and then paid for my beautiful dress that I had never seen in person. I was a little nervous that I was never able to try on a sample of my dress or any other dress for that matter. I just knew there was only the one gown for me. Ten months after placing my order, I finally picked it up. It really was everything I hoped for. Everyone said that my dress was absolutely beautiful and that they had never seen a wedding dress like it. Thank you for making the dress of my dreams Claire Pettibone!

Thank you Betty for sharing your dreamy and whimsical wedding with us! We are so happy that the Lucien gown worked out perfectly for you – it truly was meant to be! Congratulations again and all the best to you and John!

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Events: May Trunk Show at the Flagship

April 21st, 2011 – Comment

It’s been a busy Trunk Show spring season, and we’re bringing it home to our Flagship May 6th – 7th. I’ll be styling and advising all of our lovelies, helping guide them to “the one” that perfectly enhances each individual’s beauty and grace, and speaks to her heart. I ADORE creating wedding gowns, and when I see how much joy my work brings to others, it really takes it to another level and makes my life as a designer that much sweeter. So, joining in all of this beauty and celebration, we have some AMAZING treats for our Beverly Hills girls!

We met celebrity make-up artist Stephanie Lawrence at our last Trunk Show, and she is a wonderful makeup artist who gives our brides complimentary mini-makeovers (or just a little touch-up if that’s all you need!). There’s no better way to try on dreamy dresses than when you are looking and feeling extra gorgeous, and you know a little blush and gloss never hurts!

I’ve been working with professional makeup artists for years on all of our advertising campaigns, and I have to say, Stephanie is one of the best. You really want to consider having a professional on duty for your big day…after all, you are the star of the show, and those pictures will last a lifetime, so you want to shine (but not SHINE!) and be the best version of you.



Did someone say cake?! If you are a sweet tooth like our Flagship Manager Cynthia and I, it’s always time for cake! The Cake Divas are spoiling us with treats and samples of their beautiful and mouth-watering work, so leave a little room, and get a taste of the masterpieces Joanie and Leigh can create for your special day.

Lily Stein Photography (top), The Youngrens (bottom)

And of course, what is a wedding without flowers? Peony and Plum, represented by The Bridal Bar, has festooned many of our brides with unique and gorgeous floral bouquets and décor. A true artist, Susan Tom-Nellis and her team create floral stories that perfectly compliment your gown and incorporate nature’s gifts into your wedding.

Flagship Trunk Show May 6th – 7th
236 South Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills 90211
Book your appointment with Cynthia
310-360-6268 // cynthia@clairepettibone.com

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Real Brides: Elizabeth Sater in Fontenelle

March 18th, 2011 – Comment

We are really excited to share these photos of our beautiful bride, Elizabeth in her Trash the Dress photo session that had us in awe the moment we saw it.  Not only was this a gorgeous destination wedding in Fiji, the couple looked wonderful, happy and in love.

Photographer: Jenny Grise of Grise Photography // Dress: Fontenelle (discontinued) // Salon: Kleinfeld

It is often said that many brides know exactly what they want for their wedding day, but I honestly didn’t.  All I hoped for was the opportunity to wear one of your gowns on a private island in a tropical paradise.  As luck would have it, that came true:  I was married on Castaway Island, Fiji in the ‘ever so lovely’ Fontenelle gown on May 15, 2010.

After I got engaged, I was certain: if I could afford it, I would be wearing Juliet on my wedding day.  As I walked into Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC and told them to bring me every gown possible by Claire Pettibone, I wasn’t disappointed when my sister and girlfriends told me that Juliet wasn’t the one.  The tears in their eyes, as I tried on the Fontenelle gown convinced me that there was no other dress for me.  I have never felt more beautiful in my life.  I have received so many emails stating: in all their lives, they’ve never seen such a beautiful gown.

In adding something new to my wedding attire: I found a vintage ribbon from Italy that complimented the fabrics so perfectly, it was almost as if the ribbon was from your own collection.  I wanted the pictures to show the gown swaying in the wind by the beach, but didn’t want to have a train or veil.  I got the idea to hang the ribbon from the flower on the back of gown from your Larissa gown.  It worked beautifully!

The wedding just fell into place after picking our location and finding the perfect gown.  We wanted paradise all around us and we wanted our guests to take an adventure that they would remember forever.  A 13 hour plane ride from LAX and a 2 hour boat ride later, we had a total of 28 people (including my two photographers and my 82 year old grandmother).  At one moment on the night of the rehearsal dinner, my fiance and I looked down the long black table-clothed table, filled with sparkling candles, and then we looked back at each other in amazement, as we simply couldn’t believe all these people had traveled this far to share our special day with us.  It was surreal.

On the day of our wedding, everything happened so fast.  I had meticulously planned every single event, detail, decoration, flower, color (green, pink, whites), etc. over the past year; I even shipped glass vases to the island.  I centered everything around the dress, as I’d hoped for the dress to be the absolute center of attention.  I didn’t want any of the colors to overpower the dress.  It was very difficult planning a wedding without seeing anything. Although my ideas seemed great, I had no idea if they would look great, altogether.  I wish there was a picture of my face, as I walked into our cocktail event and reception area.  It was a complete fairy tale.  Our guests were so amazed and impressed with the final presentation.  The staff at Castaway Island said that the only thing missing were the magical fairies themselves.

Elizabeth mentioned that it was a difficult decision to do the shoot, but felt rewarded after seeing the photos. She gladly assured us after taking the dress to a cleaner it is still in great shape!

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your gorgeous Trash the Dress photos, and congrats to you & and your hubby!

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Real Brides: Nicole Kramer in Kristene

February 28th, 2011 – 3 Comments

Here’s a peek at the joyful party (wedding!) of our gorgeous bride Nicole Kramer in New Orleans. How much fun are they having?! Makes me smile just looking at these beautiful photos, and we send the happy couple hugs and kick-up-your-heels dances for years to come.

Photography: Sandra O’Claire // Dress: Kristene // Salon: Kleinfeld

Our wedding was magical. It was the best day of our lives. Pure joy and happiness. We chose New Orleans, not only because it is my groom’s hometown, but because of it’s character and romance. We felt as if we were on a movie set in an old black and white musical comedy.

When I saw my Claire Pettibone dress I knew it was the one. I have never felt so beautiful. Everyone kept saying it was the most gorgeous dress they had ever seen! My husband couldn’t take his eyes off me! We chose to get married in a hidden courtyard and dance through the streets afterwords with a traditional second line.The dress complimented the style and unique romance of New Orleans perfectly!

The love on that day was overflowing. It truly was what dreams are made of! Thank you Claire Pettibone for making my dream dress!!!

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Events Musings: Icing on the Cake

February 11th, 2011 – 4 Comments

It all begins with the dress…but just like a cake with no frosting, it’s in the final embellishments, the veil, the headpiece, the jewelry, that the full story is told. I love that moment…you’ve found the perfect gown that looks so beautiful and says all you want to say about who you are, and what this day means…and then, we add an antique veil, or a jeweled headpiece, and that’s when it really sinks in…you’re getting married, and the tears come.

I think it’s that culmination of beauty and joy amidst all of the nervousness and high expectations that cause this slightly overwhelming sensation. Once you see yourself as you are going to look on this day (of course even better with hair, make-up and a perfectly fitting gown!) it all comes into focus and you come back to the real reason you’ve been going through all this…why you’ve tried on so many dresses and have a binder full of swatches and tear-sheets and guest lists and menus…you have fallen in love with someone truly special, and are going to pledge your devotion and share your life.

This part of my job really is the “icing on the cake”. I absolutely love designing gowns. I love the fabrics, the flowers, the lace, the details, everything! But when I see those tears of joy and know that I have helped make a bride not only look breathtakingly beautiful, but that my work has actually touched her soul…well, it doesn’t get any better.

I invite you to see the inspired collection of headpieces from Enchanted Atelier for Claire Pettibone. We worked closely to create the perfect accents for your gown, and along with my signature embellished veils, we are sure to create some magic and put the Icing on the Cake!


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236 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA
Please call to schedule your appointment: 310-360-6268

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