You know I love my outdoor, romantic garden, rustic ranch, dreamy under-the-petals, walking-through-the-meadows weddings…well, here’s a little trip to the dark side! Some of our UK friends decided to style a shoot with none of the usual “bridal” elements…no cake, no antique linens, no chandeliers hanging from an oak tree. I do love those things, but I have to say, these images featuring my Mystere gown are pretty hot, no?!
Nick Tucker: This shoot was very much a full blown collaboration with Hannah Gooch of The Ebury Collection. We wanted to create a darker, moodier, edgier, more overtly fashion shoot, than maybe your typical bridal stories. Bright, sunlit shots of model brides tripping along flowery pathways have become very familiar lately and we wanted to do something a little different. Not least because when I shoot weddings myself the brief is always really to capture the warm, light, radiance of the day (as of course it should be). So here was a great chance to go ‘off-trend’ and do something unusual, and have fun!
Hannah Gooch: I’ve worked on styled shoots before and wanted to try and create something completely different, with a moodier feel and much more editorial and fashiony. I’ve admired Nick Tuckers photography for some time so thought I’d approach himabout a collaboration and was delighted when he agreed!
The Mystere gown is part of my“Rock n Roll Bride” collection, so she is no stranger to a good party and some smudgy eyeliner. Of course, she also makes for the most romantic of weddings, but you all know that…
Photographer – Nick Tucker
Stylist – Hannah Gooch
Venue – Fetcham Park
Make-up – Sara Vaughan
Hair – Holly Andersen
UK Stockist - Blackburn Bridal
For a complete list of stockists, please visit our website “salon locator” and for images of Mystere, visit the “continuing collection” page of our lookbook.
Tags: Blackburn Bridal, claire pettibone, Couture Bridal, fetcham park, hannah gooch, holly andersen, inspiration, Mystere, nick tucker, rock n roll bride, sara vaughan, Spotlight
What a fun little write up on Brides.com!
To better understand their muses, we asked some of our favorite designers to imagine what their brides would say on everything from ’80s icons to fantasy destinations to bachelorette parties. Meet the woman below who inspires Claire Pettibone.Photos: Conde Nast Digital Studio (runway); Fairchild Archive (Kate and Klimt); courtesy of Castello di Vicarello (Tuscany); Kimberly Sentner (flowers)
What the 10-year-old me would say to me now:
“You should really spend more time picking wildflowers!”
Place in the world I most want to visit:
Beauty bag essential:
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Favorite first dance song:
“I Belong to You” by Lenny Kravitz
New York in the ’70s or Hollywood in the ’30s?
Hollywood in the ’30s
Last book I read that I couldn’t put down:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Splurge registry item:
Stonewashed Belgian Linen Bedding from Restoration Hardware
Artist I’d most want to paint me:
My life’s motto in 10 words or less:
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” —Oscar Wilde
It’s amazing how quickly Russell Blackburn has introduced the Claire Pettibone bridal collection and established our position there as the next designer to watch. Anyone who has met Russell at his namesake salon, Blackburn Bridal, can attest to his irresistible charm and fantastic sense of humor. We Americans do love our Brits!
Russell will be showcasing the newest collection to wholesale buyers from across the UK at the Haymarket Hotel May 17th and 18th. He will have the best selection of continuing gowns along with the 2009 “Rock n Roll Bride” collection and a few new delights. Salons in the surrounding areas, please give Mr. Blackburn a call to schedule an appointment. Mobile: 07733 884501 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any of our UK brides, please visit our website store locator to see the list of current stockists that currently carry the Claire Pettibone collection.