Real Brides: Ashley Giles McMillan

August 26th, 2009 – 2 Comments

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Boulder, Colorado floral designer Ashley Giles was looking for one special element to inspire the theme of her October 2008 wedding to Matthew Clay McMillan in the mountains of Colorado. “Not being a fussy or girlie bride, there were very few designer’s whose wedding collections could have worked for me.  The dress had to be sophisticated and elegant, but at the same time, edgy.” Ashley started her wedding planning with the Claire Pettibone website, where she looked at gowns from the 2008 Couture Collection. “I immediately fell in love with the Clara gown.  My mother was with me at the time, and we were both in tears looking at the gown online.”

The Clara gown immediately inspired her Autumn 1920’s Art Deco wedding at the Boettcher Mansion, which was built in 1917 as the summer home and seasonal hunting lodge of Denver millionaire Charles Boettcher. “The Arts and Crafts and Art Deco styling of the mansion was perfect with the gown!  To keep with the theme we used a gingko motif, similar to the lace of the gown, on the invitations, paper accessories, and in all the floral arrangements.”

The small and cozy wedding, which was supposed to take place outdoors on the mansion’s patio, had a last minute surprise from Mother Nature! “We were supposed to be married out on the patio, but as luck would have it, the first snow of the season came in the evening of our wedding.  We were married in front of a huge stone fireplace in the sitting room.  It was cozy and magical.”

“Friends and family still comment on my beautiful dress.  Thank you Claire, for your fabulous designs.  Thank God you are making wedding gowns!”

Thank you Ashley for sharing your wonderful wedding with us!  All the best to you and yours.

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Musings: Spotted on

August 5th, 2009 – Comment

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Much love to Elizabeth Moss for the kind words and amazing quote!

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Real Brides: Married on Myspace Wedding

July 29th, 2009 – Comment

Bridal Gown: Midnight // Veil: Caged Veil // Salon: Claire Pettibone Flagship

After waiting anxiously for Myspace viewers to cast their votes on every detail of their wedding, Elle and Tito’s big day finally arrived. We’re so happy that Elle got her dream “Midnight” gown and cage veil. She looks gorgeous and glowing, and this “Rock n’ Roll” design perfectly suits her style and personality. Tito is a lucky guy! Congratulations to the happy couple from all of us at Claire Pettibone.


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Musings: CURVExpo 2009 Lingerie

July 22nd, 2009 – Comment

We’ve been busy designing new styles for Fall-Resort 2009 in Bleu Clair, Butterflies, and Claire Pettibone Luxury Lingerie – all in time for Curve NY. With the expo in less than 2 weeks away, our design team are wrapping up some final touches and creating samples for the show. Between tight deadlines, I was able to put together a small preview of each of our lines. Lookbooks will be available for buyers at the show.

Claire Pettibone Luxury Lingerie Fall Preview

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Real Brides: Jill M

July 15th, 2009 – 2 Comments

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Sarah from L’atelier Couture Bridal shared some photos of a beautiful bride on our facebook fan page and I knew I had to feature her wedding in July!

On a beautiful warm day in May this year, Jill and Jeff tied the knot at Lanikuhonua located on the Southwest corner of Oahu. It was an outdoor ceremony and reception with 70 people overlooking the ocean. Jill coined her wedding theme, Vintage Hawaii.

“I felt absolutely beautiful in my Cloisonne gown.  I wore a rusty colored cymbidium orchid in my hair and my grandmothers antique pearl bracelet.  I received so many compliments on my dress that day.  My favorite compliment was, That is the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen! Our cake designer, Cakelava, even created our wedding cake design based on a few pictures I sent of my dress.”

Jill M.

Jill found our stunning Cloisonne gown in Dallas but with her mother in Minnesota, she flew in the next weekend and made the purchase at L’atelier Couture Bridal in Saint Paul with the help of Amanda.

Thank you Sarah for sharing, and congratulations Jill and Jeff.

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