From the West coast beaches, and the long, windy drive along Pacific Coast Highway to wine country and redwoods, it’s easy to see why the world is in a love affair with California. Designing this Romantique wedding dress collection, I was inspired by the diversity of my hometown, Los Angeles and the richness of the Golden State.
Laguna features stunning crochet cut-out lace with side slit sheer skirt, illusion back, and slight sweep train.
Carmel is made of cotton floral embroidery on a flowing net skirt with delicate tulle straps across the open back.
The City of Angels attracts beautiful people from across the globe, from every culture, searching for that ineffable dream. Growing up here was perhaps the perfect place for my own dreamer’s heart to find its way.
Beverly long sleeved floral lace wedding gown with cut out open back and chapel train.
photo via syphotography.com
Monterey has a simple floral lace silhouette accented by an illusion lace bateau neckline and sheer illusion back.
Silverlake exudes that effortless beauty we all lust after…and the prettiest flutter sleeves.
Integral to the LA vibe, of course I had to give our beach babes and bohemian spirit equal time with crocheted laces, sexy backs, and sheer, red-carpet-ready accents. Legs, backs, and beach inspired details are perfect for a walk in the sand, or vows in a sun-dappled forest. Did someone say Big Sur? Or Ibiza? Or Morocco?
Yes, her name is Malibu. This cotton crochet lace with open low back, and scalloped lace chapel train had to be!
And of course, Coachella with her long boho sleeves, this side slit sheath of crochet lace with tassel tie open back might be my favorite.
Our city’s Spanish roots are evident not only in the names of many of our towns and streets, but in the rich tradition of Latina culture so befitting a beautiful bride. Embellished necklines, backs and sleeves convey a refined mood, and the embroideries and scalloped laces impart a touch of celebrity glamour.
Olvera Fiesta flowers adorn the fan motif lace with a low, open cross-back, and chapel train.
La Cienega has a graceful flowing skirt with scalloped lace hem and illusion bateau neckline with open keyhole back.
Palisades V-neck lace gown with gold silk ribbon waist with organza flowers, and cathedral length train…simply stunning.
Bel Air features elaborate embroidery with just a touch of sparkle, and look at that back!
Pasadena is the epitome of old-world elegance. Embroidered tulle long sleeves, illusion front and back, with a gorgeous cathedral length train.
Santa Monica is regal in her matching cape, with a “wow” fitted silhouette of embroidered tulle underneath.
photo via nerdandlace.com
Sunset on the beach, care-free in the breeze of a vineyard, or luxe lace mantilla style…take your pick. In California, anything goes.
The new Romantique California Dreamin’ collection will be arriving in stores Summer 2016.
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Vintage jewelry often finds its way into my mind when designing wedding dresses (and often, onto my fingers, ears and neck!) Many years ago, before the current trend of “vintage weddings” appeared, I devoted an entire collection to two of my favorite eras of jewelry design: Art Nouveau 1890-1910 and Art Deco 1920-1939.
Still one of our most popular silhouettes, Cloisonne features intricate “inlaid” velvet on delicate tulle embroidery with ribbons and beading along the neckline…almost takes the place of a necklace, although a lovely pair of earrings might be nice!
The Art Deco style of the 1920’s has always been a favorite of mine (and many of my brides). The Renee gown has vintage brooches at the bodice and the lace rose motif is based on the classic Paul Poiret rose seen in his classic “La Rose de Rosine Parfum, 1912.
This season, I’ve been tempted to visit this era again, especially with a couple of gowns, Haviland and Deauville…1920’s glamour seems oh so now! How to keep it modern yet timeless? Don’t OVER-do on the vintage details…if your dress is classically retro, keep the shoes modern and sexy. Maybe the venue is city chic, and you arrive in a classic car and serve Absinthe! Or vice-versa, and the venue is a 1920’s estate, and you add some modern clean lines to the décor…or how about your whole décor and story IS retro, but you have a rockin’ band and the bride and groom each sport a few tattoos?! You know me, I’m really not one for “rules” about a wedding…to me, the magic lies in each individual couple telling a story that is so perfectly “them”.
I love to see how our brides interpret these fabulous eras as inspiration for weddings…they always look like such fun parties, and so memorable for their guests! It’s all about finding your own personal details and inspiration to create a love story uniquely you.
Tags: antique jewelry, art deco, art nouveau, cloisonne, deauville, haviland, kristene, Lalique, renee
What a beautiful Great Gatsby themed wedding! Geneva is stunning in the Chantal gown!
From the Bride:
Most memorable part of your wedding day? It was when the whole wedding party did our dance to Bette Midler’s “Boogie Woogie Boy.” Everyone didn’t even know how to react but what came out of it was hilarious and fun! It ended with Matt being picked up and spun around like a doll by one of his groomsmen.
photos by: Wildflower Photography
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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.