Renowned bridal designer Claire Pettibone – who has dressed celebrity brides including Priscilla Chan for her nuptials to Mark Zuckerberg, Twilight star Nikki Reed who married Ian Somerhalder, and most recently Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain who wore the "Kristene" gown when she married Tony Hawk's son Riley Hawk in October 2023 – is known for her romantic, vintage-inspired gowns that are all handmade of the finest silks and Parisian laces in her dreamy castle-like Los Angeles atelier.
Debuting her latest 2024 collection titled "Moonlight Reverie," Claire Pettibone Design Atelier continues to wow brides desiring whimsical, ethereal bridal gowns inspired by faeries and forests that are truly a piece of art. The ethereal assortment of couture gowns draw inspiration from the mystical realms of faeries and enchanted forests, showcasing intricate embroideries, glimmering crystal details, and whimsical elements in a subtle color palette for brides who wish to incorporate soft tones in lieu of or in addition to classic whites and ivories.
"I have always loved faeries. These ethereal creatures are beautiful and a bit mischievous. Lovers of nature, they somehow exist both in this world and in another realm, and sometimes we are lucky to feel their presence," Claire Pettibone says of her inspiration for the collection. "When I was a child, I would spend hours making fairy dresses from flowers and leaves and building tiny homes for them amidst the mossy forest. I grew up, but the faeries have stayed with me, and sometimes the need to escape the realities of this often cruel world leads me back to them. I have found a way, through dressing my brides and creating ethereal wedding gowns, to bring them into our world."
She continues of the inspiration behind the collection and intricate design details: "I'm not the only one with this fascination – many of our brides share 'forest fairy vibes' as a mood for their dream wedding. And so, it was a joy to create this collection of floral embroideries, shimmering crystals, and unexpected whimsical details... and to revisit my childhood love affair with the faeries."
"Many of our brides share 'forest fairy vibes' as a mood for their dream wedding... so, it was a joy to create this collection of floral embroideries, shimmering crystals, and unexpected whimsical details."
Take a look at the bridal gowns from Claire Pettibone's new Moonlight Reverie collection, and learn more about each of the romantic, whimsical wedding dress styles, below:
"Meadowsweet" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone features colorful meadow embroidery with pink and green wildflowers, lace bodice, sheer long sleeves, and a flowing full skirt lined in pearl silk.
"Thistledown" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone showcases ivory meadow embroidery lined in pearl silk with whisper-blue wildflowers scattered throughout the flowing skirt and a sheer bodice with detachable shimmer ribbon streamers.
"Fujiblossom" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone is a fit-to-flare strapless sheath gown of lilac petals embroidered on sheer tulle – shown with "Petal Gloves" highlighting a vine leaf trim and finger loops on petal tulle embroidered fingerless gloves.
"Moonflower" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone features ivory petal embroidery lined in pearl silk with pale blue blossom appliqués and an open low back – shown with the "Glimmer Veil" of crystal tulle scattered with clear and AB crystals with draped clips adorned with flower appliqués.
"Wisteria" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone showcases intricate embroidery of lilac wisteria blooms along green vines draped on the flowing pearl silk skirt and dripping down the shoulder.
"Willowyn" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone highlighting white wisteria blossoms embroidered on tulle with pale green vines in an A-line silhouette lined in pearl silk – shown with crystal tulle detachable cape "Dragonfly Wings" streamers with leaf appliquéw and clear and AB crystals in the shape of dragonfly wings.
"Mist" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone is a silver lace low-back mini with a scalloped French high-low hem and guipure lace straps – shown with a draped crystal tulle flutter-sleeve "Glimmer Tunic" with flowing train scattered with clear and AB crystals and fingerless "Glimmer Gloves" with clear and AB crystals.
"Quill" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone is a strapless French Solstiss lace fit-to-flare sheath with lilac to ivory ombré silk, a scalloped hem, and long train lined with crinoline – shown with a long, pouf-sleeve French Solstiss lace "Everglade Bolero" with scattered crystals and leaves.
"Everglade Mini" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone showcases French Solstiss lace and subtle sequins lined in nude crepe, as well as ivory flower and pale green leaf appliqués and draped floral straps – shown with "Everglade Overskirt" featuring over 2,500 leaves and jeweled-centered blossoms appliquéd on the full skirt of French Solstiss lace (shown sheer, but also available lined with silk).
"Lunaria" from the Moonlight Reverie collection by Claire Pettibone featuring a shimmering golden meadow in full bloom embroidered with 3D flowers and draped pearls lined in black silk (also available in pearl silk) – shown with "Crescent Veil" of black tulle draped in a cascading cage-veil style with floral appliqués and draped pearls (also available in Ivory or Antique).
To see more of Claire Pettibone's gorgeous gowns, take a look at her prior Les Fleurs collection and her Adorned bridal collection, and book an appointment at The Castle, Claire Pettibone's Los Angeles Flagship Salon. Brides can also shop the designer's line of ready-to-wear separates perfect for elopements, micro-weddings, and more, and find out how Claire Pettibone can customize gowns for two looks in one!