Jennie + Dave

I love creating a custom gown, and designing this colorful dress for Jennie Garth’s outdoor wedding was a dream! The Beverly Hills, 90210 star wanted something a bit non-traditional, but utterly romantic…just my kind of bride! Here’s an excerpt from my interview with People magazine:

“Jennie knew she wanted something non-traditional yet utterly romantic for her wedding,” Pettibone tells PEOPLE. “Given it was a garden setting, she was drawn to this elaborate floral embroidery, and we also wanted to incorporate some touches of gold to highlight that gorgeous ring of hers, which is set in yellow gold.”

Garth married David Abrams at her 6-acre ranch in Los Olivos, California, surrounded by 120 guests. The couple created a vintage-inspired setting with flowers freshly picked from Garth’s garden, antique doors and lace from her mother’s collection hanging from wires in the open air.

Garth’s dress, a custom silk tulle gown embroidered with blossoms of pale blush, rose and coral, definitely matched the setting. Pettibone incorporated a second layer of tulle underneath, embellished with gold, champagne and silver threads and thousands of clear sequins, and the dress is lined in sky blue silk charmeuse.

“There was a blue dress from my recent collection that she was also so excited to try on, even though she hadn’t really thought of blue before,” Pettibone shares. “I suggested we layer this embroidery over the blue silk, which reminded me of a summer garden in bloom, and that was it. From there, I created the silhouette, which features 3/4-length sleeves, an illusion neckline and sheer embroidered back, with a dramatic long train. The skirt has a fitted silhouette underneath with thousands of tiny sequins and gold thread embroidery to peek through and sparkle under the flowing floral tulle.”

Pettibone adds: “I loved creating this gown for Jennie, and had the chance to get to know her during our fittings together. She is genuine and down to earth, a great mom to her girls, and very hands on in the whole wedding planning. I think she felt really excited about all of the details, and obviously, is very much in love.”

And the gown totally floored the groom. “She was drop-dead gorgeous,” Abrams tells PEOPLE, “When I saw Jennie in her dress, nothing else mattered. I just lost it.”

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