Adorned with Gold & Silver

Does a wedding dress have to be white? Of course not! It's taken awhile, but after years of designing wedding dresses that incorporate color, I think the world has finally come around to the idea that a bride can wear whatever she chooses. My latest collection called "Adorned" was partly inspired by elements of jewelry, and as I was thinking about adorning our brides, I couldn't resist some metallic touches of gold and silver. As we get ready to ring in the holidays, here's to a touch of golden shimmer, some silver shine, and a toast of champagne. Briolette Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone back detail Briolette Couture Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone Briolette Couture Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone Briolette Couture Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone Wedding Dress Designer Claire Pettibone in mask designing Riviere Wedding Dress A briolette is an oval or pear cut gemstone often made to hang as a bead. Made popular during the Victorian era, this jewelry detail inspired our Briolette gown and the custom Guipure lace trim that drapes down her open low back. I designed this intricate trim with ivory leaves, blush flowers and silver buds that dangle like little gems. I love the movement that is created by draping this lace down the open back. The silver thread pairs perfectly with this stunning French lace which has an Art Deco inspired motif of ivory and silver metallic stripes and florals ending in a deep scallop edge for a stunning sweep train. With fabrics so detailed, I kept the silhouette to a simple sheath. The perfect New Year's Eve dress, or for a bride who loves a bit of a Great Gatsby vibe with a modern twist...or an elevated beach wedding...the possibilities are endless!
Sleeve detail Riviere Wedding Dress Model in Riviere wedding Dress designed by Claire Pettibone Riviere wedding dress by Claire Pettibone Riviere wedding dress by Claire Pettibone Sleeve detail Riviere Couture Wedding Dress Riviere wedding dress by Claire Pettibone Full Silk Skirt on Riviere wedding dress by Claire Pettibone A Riviere (pronounced riv-ee-air) is a choker-style necklace made in a continuous line of gemstones usually of graduated or equal size - a river of gems. Our custom Guipure lace drapes along the neckline just like a precious necklace on our Riviere wedding dress so of course, it made the perfect name for this dramatic gown. The elegant silver lace bodice is further adorned with dangling trim along the waist, the shoulders, and at the fingertips of the elaborate embroidered cuffs of these stunning tulle pouf sleeves. Finished with a sweeping silk charmeuse skirt and a flowing long train, this gown will make a dramatic statement. Since the dress already includes it's own necklace, all you need are some beautiful earrings (like these pretty florals from Erin Rhyne) and you're all set! Vermeil Couture Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone Vermeil Couture Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone Vermeil Couture Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone Vermeil Couture Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone
I don't typically design ballgowns, maybe because when I started out in bridal, that's pretty much all there was, so I set out to offer something different. But every now and then, I'll give a little nod to this traditional silhouette and put my spin on it. Vermeil (pronounced ver-may) is composed of a thick layer of gold over solid sterling silver. Just as her namesake jewelry, this custom metallic floral embroidery gilds our Vermeil bridal gown in shades of silver, champagne and pale gold. The skirt is full and flowing with a crinoline underneath to give the silhouette a bit of volume, while the satin underlayer is body skimming. A defined waist, and a pretty off-the-shoulder illusion tulle give you the look of exposed shoulders with a bit more support. This dress is a beauty for the bride who longs for a bit of tradition with one-of-a-kind details. Models in Adorned Couture Wedding Dresses by Claire Pettibone As we get ready to celebrate the holidays, that means just a little downtime for our team to rest up and get ready for the new year. We're starting off with a Trunk Show here at The Castle from January 6th through the 15th. This will be your first chance to see and try on all of the new Adorned Collection. Spots are limited, so book your appointments, and we can't wait to see you soon!

Dresses: From the Adorned Collection by Claire Pettibone
Featured Dresses: Briolette, Riviere & Vermeil
Photography: David Abel
Videography: KKins Creative
Florals: Sweet Root Village
Hair Accessories: Erin Rhyne
Hair: Kelly De Serio for Ted Gibson
Makeup: Amanda Gabbard Beauty
Jewelry: Vanessa Mellet
Shoes: Claire Pettibone for Bella Belle
Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals
Venue: Jane Ives Studio

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