by Claire Pettibone • read the entire article on

I love creating a custom gown, and working with Jennie was so much fun! She wanted something a bit non-traditional, but utterly romantic…just my kind of bride! As I do with all of my custom clients, we started by having Jennie try on some of the gowns in my collection.

She loved the skirt and fit of Raven, and was considering the black (maybe to match that STUNNING black diamond of hers!), but when she saw Heart’s Desire, that floral embroidery on the ivory tulle, and the back of this dress really stole her heart (ha, pun!). But the whole time, she kept saying, “the blue, I want to try the blue!” and that was Eden. She loved the gold, the touch of sparkle, and yes, the blue silk, so when I suggested we combine the skirt of Raven, the embroidery of Heart’s Desire, layered over the gold sparkle and blue silk of Eden, that was it! I did a very quick working sketch to show her what I meant, and then began her dress.

The illusion neckline and gold thread woven through the delicate lace framed the silhouette and really gave a soft vintage feeling to the gown.

Working on a custom gown is truly a collaborative process, and one where I really spend time getting to know my client, thinking about what will make her look beautiful, and maybe even surprising her with something she may not have thought of before. I can only accept a few custom clients per year, as the process is quite involved and does require several trips to LA here at The Castle from the first design consultation to the final dress fitting. Sometimes coordinating my travel schedule with my busy clients’ calendar can be a challenge, but we make it work!

I am beyond honored that Jennie chose me to design her garden wedding dress, and I wish her, Dave, and her lovely daughters much love.

Now I’m running out to get my copy of People to see more pretty pics!

View the People exclusive video from Jennie Garth’s wedding here.

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