Are you a bride with vintage romance on her mind? Claire Pettibone may be the dream wedding designer for you. This designer started her career creating ultra-pretty lingerie, but found herself enchanted by wedding dresses. Looking at her elegant lingerie and fantastic wedding dresses side-by-side, you would see there is a lot more in common than you might think!
Pettibone’s style is most easily seen in the first wedding dress she ever designed. “Kristene,” so named for the friend she designed it for, has all the details that would later become Pettibone signatures. English lace, tiered layers and touches of fringe; an illusion back with perfect little cap sleeves and a whimsical heart-shaped train are featured.
Kristene (and most of the dresses designed since) are nostalgic, with a touch of bohemian style. Since launching her bridal line in 2005, Pettibone has been designing her enchantingly romantic wedding dresses in this style.
You will not find any ball gown shapes here. Instead, tulle and sheer voile fabric create gauzy layers and a dreamy feeling on A-line and sheath silhouettes. Ribbons and sashes soften the dresses and create flowing, romantic movement.
A Pettibone design looks like an heirloom wedding dress, but has a much more modern shape. Yet these dresses would fit right in on the set of Downton Abbey or Jane Austen film.
Much like that first wedding dress she designed, antique lace and soft embellishments still figure highly in each collection. Also in starring roles are long rows of Victorian-style buttons, sleeves, and elaborate embroidery. These detailed touches of vintage glamour perfect the already beautiful dresses.
Beautiful from every angle, Claire Pettibone designs often feature an intricately embroidered back, heavily inspired by nature with flowers, foliage, fruit and animals appearing.
If you are an artistic bride planning a romantic garden or vineyard wedding and would like a vintage gown while retaining your own sense of style, a Claire Pettibone wedding dress may be the perfect choice. Graceful, feminine brides who find romance in the past will also love these highly creative wedding dresses.