Real Brides: Elaine Chou in Larissa

November 18th, 2010 – 2 Comments

Photographer: Max Wagner // Dress: Larissa // Salon: Claire Pettibone Flagship

This month, we get to take a glimpse into Jeff and Elaine’s elegantly fun-filled wedding day. These photos make me giddy every time I look at them. “Jeff and I got married at the Smog Shoppe, an eco-friendly and equally chic venue in Los Angeles. We wanted our wedding to reflect us – nothing too stuffy but with a bit of tradition and definitely some fun and whimsy.  The industrial accented green venue was decorated with blue and white China that were filled with clusters of ivory and cream bloom. There were also rustic elements in the decor which were incorporated in the paper goods. I designed the invitations and programs to include vintage skeleton key illustrations and whimsical hand-lettering as well as several other paper components through my design company Papermade Design.”, says Elaine as she describes the overall atmosphere of her special day. They have definitely crafted the perfect balance between tradition and fun.

In every photo Elaine is simply stunning as she frolics in her “Larissa” gown, further complimenting their already beautiful wedding. “You know the ‘ah-ha’ moment that people always say you’ll experience once you try on ‘THE dress’? Well, mine was more like an ‘ah-haaaaaa’ the word sort of lingered on my tongue as I fell in love with Claire’s ethereal creation. I long admired the Larissa gown from afar, and when I finally got to try it on at their flagship boutique it was everything I had hoped for and more.”

“Larissa” is an empire gown that features a strapless ivory French cotton voile with a tulle overlay and a large peach silk rose and ribbon. “I must admit I almost felt cheated to fall in love with my first choice as I loved so many of Claire’s dresses (and trust me, I quite literally tried on almost all of them). But alas, the Larissa was my dress. I had Claire personalize the dress by adding subtle hints of flowers scattered beneath the delicate layers of tulle. My favorite feature on the dress? Of course it would be the oversized pink bloom in the back – nothing could be sweeter than that!”

As the evening commenced, the fun and the romance really began to blossom. “Dinner was bite-sized delectable tray-passed so guests can mingle through the night and sip on our signature drink, “I Effen Love You” made of black cherry Effen Vodka served with retro striped straws. The night ended with mini cupcakes and a late night snack of cookies and milk. From the dreamy dress to the Kraft-covered matchbox favors, every detail of our wedding day was undeniably us. Jeff and I had the time of our lives as we tried to soak up every minute of it!”

Thank you Elaine for sharing your story and photos with us! We enjoyed discovering all the whimsical and creative decorations you put together at your wedding. Congratulations again and may your future together be joyous!

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Events: 2011 Spirit of the Night Backstage

October 21st, 2010 – Comment
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Real Brides: Amanda Abramowitz in Kristene

October 16th, 2010 – Comment

Photographer: Persinger photography // Dress: Kristene

I am utterly ecstatic to share with you these photos from Amanda and Adam’s wedding on September 13th, 2009. Amanda perfectly embodies a fine fusion between glamour and grace in her Kristene gown. “I fell in love with Claire Pettibone’s gowns before I stepped foot in any bridal salon. I wanted something that reflected who I was, and I definitely was not interested in a traditional ball gown. I knew that I wanted to try on the Kristene gown, and after doing so, I was certain it was perfect for me. I tried on many other gorgeous Claire Pettibone dresses during a trunk show in Bethesda, Maryland, but Kristene felt just right.”, says Amanda.

Kristene features a Victorian embroidery lined with an ivory silk charmeuse. To add to the romance, the dress is also accentuated by a sweetheart neckline and a heart shaped train. “My favorite part of the dress is the beautiful detailing on the back, and the exquisite lace. And I of course loved my husband’s expression seeing me for the first time. He knew the dress made me feel truly happy and beautiful.”

“The dress fit my personality perfectly. As I told everyone, the dress is my favorite part of the wedding, besides getting married! I wish I could wear it all the time. Thank you Claire!”

And we thank you, Amanda and Adam, for allowing us to be a part of this joyous occasion. Congratulations!

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Musings: Spirit of the Night #2

October 14th, 2010 – 1 Comment

Continuing our journey through the lands of the fae, we find ourselves mystified by the magic imbued in each dress. Jewels of whimsy that frolic about the rays of the sun and moon. Floating wisps of silver tumbling with regal accents of gold. Streams of silk with glimmers of opalescent petals. As the woodland songs grow clearer, won’t you embrace the lull of the fairy realms?

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Musings: Spirit of the Night #3

October 13th, 2010 – Comment

“It was a joy to revisit the effervescent creatures that inspired this season’s collection.

Luminescent wings, drops of dew on a rose, the colorful glow of the sun dissolving into the moon. Glittering sequins, beads, pearls and crystals dazzle and sparkle. An ethereal wedding gown in moon-lit gold and spun silver, shimmers between reality and another world. Night settles in the forest, the moon rises, and the fairies come out to dance and play.” – Claire Pettibone

to be continued…

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