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.

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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.

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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

 

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 – 1 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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Musings: Still Life Preview

November 20th, 2013 – Comment

The finale of the Still Life Collection at the New York International Bridal Week on October 12, 2013

I am so excited to share my Still Life Collection. It all started with a Dutch masterpiece “Still Life of Flowers on a Marble Table,” by Rachel Ruysch, 1716. In the second half of the 17th century, the art of the floral still-life reached the height of fashion. Dramatic arrangements of flora and fauna, insects and fruits, set against dramatic dark backgrounds exude a mysterious romanticism.

Painting by Rachel Ruysch and 'Papillion' back view from the Still Life Collection

'Rachel' back and 'Raven' front view from the Still Life Collection

Graceful details adorn delicate silks and laces gilded in gold, glowing as if lit from within. The rich floral embroideries give the effect of a painting come to life, while a few artful butterflies flutter in. The brilliance of nature’s beauty is highlighted to dramatic effect, just as the bride becomes the center of our attention.

Heart's Desire from the Still Life Collection

'Mariposa' from the Still Life Collection

'Alchemy' from the Still Life Collection

'Amaryllis' and 'Lily' from the Still Life Collection

'Sonata' from the Still Life Collection

The models posing with Claire Pettibone backstage of her Bridal Presentation of the Still Life Collection

We invite you to be the first to view and try on the Still Life Collection during our Holiday Preview in Los Angeles, at the Castle, by appointment, December 6th and 7th.

7415 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90036
310.360.6268 | email: bridal@clairepettibone.com

The Still Life Collection will be arriving in salons early 2014. Take a sneak peek of the entire collection here, and we invite you to being scheduling appointments with our retailers to experience the gowns in person.

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A note to our Flagship visitors:

I make every attempt to be here personally for events at The Castle, and so look forward to meeting our lovely brides during Trunk Shows, but my 6 year old daughter is performing in her first Nutcracker this same weekend, and I just can’t miss it! The artist Rachel Ruysch, who’s painting inspired this collection had 10(!) children and a very successful career throughout her lifetime (b.1664 d.1750). Obviously, I am following in a long line of women attempting to balance the joys of career and motherhood, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for understanding and I can’t wait to see our first Still Life weddings in the new year!

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