What does it mean to be adorned? That is the question I posed to myself in creating this new collection, and one of my favorite adornments for wedding dresses are sleeves! They can be such a beautiful detail, and there are so many possibilities, from softly draped, to long and fitted, to flowing and ethereal. In some cases, a removable sleeve gives our bride the best of both worlds. She can wear them for the ceremony, take them off for dancing, put them on when it gets a little chilly, or any combination of scenarios to suit her desires. The Adorned Collection is just that...embellished, opulent, and breathtakingly beautiful. I believe that on their wedding day, more than any other day in life, our brides should be adorned with a wedding dress that expresses who they are to their core, and adorns them in pure beauty. Read on for just a few of the endless possibilities... The Aquamarine strapless sheath is a stunner on her own. A softly structured bodice with a sheer window framing the décolleté, tiny seed pearls beaded along this intricate aqua, ivory and metallic gold embroidery, and pretty silk buttons down the fitted back leading to an epic cathedral length train. To add just a bit more drama and detail, the elegant long sleeves. This pair are separate so that hugging, dancing and movement are not restricted, and our brides can decide when and where to don this sheer pouf to fitted style. Our Morganite gown features one of our most popular customization requests - a draped off-the-shoulder sleeve. For brides who love a strapless look, but want this romantic touch, this gown is a dream! A sheer back, gorgeous embroidery, and a sexy slit (or not, it you'd prefer a classic silk skirt), this wedding dress was named after the Morganite gemstone. Did you know that this gem was only discovered fairly recently (by gem standards) in 1911? It was named after J.P. Morgan, one of the most important jewelry collectors of the early 1900's. Due to its soft pink hue, this gem is often associated with love and romance, and so it seemed the perfect name for this dress. The French embroidery has the palest blush pink flowers with ivory and silver vines and leaves trailing along the bodice and skirt made of sheer tulle. Draped off the shoulder, and embellished with spun silver Guipure lace, this dress, along with the entire Adorned Collection, will be available for our 2023 brides.
Our iridescent Crystal gown has tiny, opalescent sequins scattered along the floral motif for a subtle shimmer. A blooming flower neckline, and the open low back lead to a fitted waistline to accentuate those pretty curves. The flowing skirt is hemmed with crinoline and lined in silk charmeuse. This beauty is headed out for Trunk Shows beginning with our own Flagship Salon here in Los Angeles January 6th through the 16th, followed by a trip to the UK January 19th to 22nd. And then we drape a pretty waterfall of tulle, pinned to the shoulders with a few more blossoms. These removable sleeves are so angelic! And perfect if your ceremony requires covered shoulders (or you just love the look). I could even see them adapted for a veil...so many possibilities to make this gown unique to you. And our floral hair pieces in collaboration with Erin Rhyne make the perfect accessory for the hair. Above, is our Forget-Me-Not Vine with periwinkle blue blossoms and green sculpted leaves and below, is the Primavera Vine with clusters of blush blooms, berries and leaves all sculpted by hand in Erin's studio. Each piece is a work of art designed to pair with our gowns. Not only will these flowers stay fresh all day for your wedding, but they become a beautiful heirloom to cherish for years to come.
If you love a long sleeve as much as I do, then Arabesque might just be the one. This gorgeous French lace is styled with a sweetheart plunge neckline, a sheer button adorned back, and crinkle chiffon ribbons. The flounce tulle sleeves are further adorned with lace and long streaming ribbons. When you remove the sleeve flounce, it reveals more of the exquisite French embroidery underneath. This dress has a whimsical, bohemian flair, and classic beauty...the best of both worlds, and so many opportunities for beautiful bridal portraits. Speaking of portraits, our glam squad for this shoot led by Kelly De Serio for Ted Gibson on hair, and Amanda Gabbard leading makeup, created some gorgeous wedding day inspiration. I always feel it's best for our brides to play up their individuality by keeping the makeup and hair soft and romantic. Your wedding day is forever, so trends aren't really relevant - it's more about being true to yourself, and just being the most beautiful version of you. To see the entire Adorned Collection, please visit our website, and we invite you to visit us here in Los Angeles at The Castle for our first Adorned Trunk Show January 6th - 15th.
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Dresses from the Adorned Collection by Claire Pettibone
Aquamarine, Morganite, Crystal, and Arabesque
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