New Looks: Decoupage Details • Lace

May 21st, 2013 – Comment

Lace is one of my favorite fabrics. There are so many varieties and techniques used to create this intricate textile, but I prefer the old ways. Many of the mills that I work with are in their 4th, 5th, and in one case, 9th generation of family owned businesses! Some of the lace patterns in my collection were designed and drafted in the 1760’s. I feel the history behind these gorgeous fabrics makes lace such a special choice for a wedding dress. That sense of the past, and artisan craftsmanship being handed down through the generations is rare in our disposable world, and it gives me hope that there are still people doing this work, and brides that appreciate it.

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Musings: Into The Night

May 20th, 2013 – 1 Comment

I love how this bouquet featuring anemone flowers with dark centers compliments the back details in our Midnight gown. Pair with bridesmaids dressed in jet or plum for a truly elegant wedding.

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Dress Photo: Niki Wright Photography  via Serendipity Brides‘ Claire Pettibone Trunk Show
Flower photo: Tracey Buyce Photography
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New Looks: Decoupage Details • Floral

May 16th, 2013 – Comment

I’ve never had the time to scrapbook or craft much, but I love looking at hand made decorative objects, and obviously, my creative energies all go into creating my own “crafting” of wedding dresses! This season, inspiration struck while looking at some Victorian decoupage. From the French word “to cut” this art of assembling and layering paper cutouts (often from floral greeting cards, wallpaper, and such) is still quite popular. As I was working with the layers of lace, appliques, vintage ribbons and hand-made flowers, I loved this idea of layering and almost creating a “collage” with my materials. My daughter saw me working on the Charlotte belt, and couldn’t resist helping out! Maybe I will have a future assistant!

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Real Brides: Lorna in Dew Drop

May 15th, 2013 – Comment

Lorna takes our breath away in the Dew Drop gown and Bolero. She was an absolute delight, and we just love how she worked that dress! The perfect blushing bride!

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From the Bride:

After visiting half a dozen other shops, I was not finding the type of dress I envisioned. Too mainstream, not original enough. I fell in love with Claire Pettibone boutique the moment I walked into her shop. It was like being in a gourmet confectionary shop with too many delicious choices. Exquisite gowns in abundance. When I walked in I knew I was in the right place. There were dozens of dresses I could have been happy with. I wanted something with a vintage, hand made feel, lots of attention to small details, something that looked from a past century, but with a touch of whimsy as well. My experience there was wonderful. My choice, ‘Dew Drop’ fit all the criteria. I felt just like a faery queen from an 1800′s illustration, like I stepped out of my throne in the center of a large pink cabbage rose. Perfect! Cinderella had her pumpkin, I had my rose! On my wedding day, everyone kept saying to me ‘you look like a faery!’, or ‘flower goddess’ or ‘you look magical!’ which was exactly what I was trying to achieve. Couldn’t be happier. 

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Photographer: Gennan Shippen of Watch the Stars Photography

Florist: Debbie of Floral Fields

Coordinator: Dana of Floral Fields

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Musings: Vintage Sparkle

May 13th, 2013 – 1 Comment

Sometimes a little sparkle goes a long way…love these sweet peep-toe ballet flats paired with the silver guipure lace embroidered belt of our Brigitte gown.

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Photographer: Elizabeth Messina
Shoes: via Pinterest  (shoes photographed by Sara Hasstedt)
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