Known for her ethereal, vintage-inspired designs and exquisite couture wedding gowns, bridal designer Claire Pettibone did not disappoint for this year's virtual Bridal Market. "When I began designing new dresses for this season, I felt a desire to create a collection that would take your breath away... that would be eternally beautiful... like a work of art," Claire Pettibone shares of the romantic styles.
Her new collection "The Three Graces" was inspired by a bygone era and named for the daughters of Zeus and Hera – known as the three graces – who bestow their gifts of charm, beauty, and creativity on humanity. "They have been painted and sculpted throughout the ages by masters, including Botticelli, Raphael, Rubens, and Canova to name just a few," Claire notes of her inspiration. Though her collection was initially going to feature just three dresses for the three graces, the joy of creating took hold and three soon became five.
"In Botticelli's famous painting 'Primavera,' the three graces are depicted alongside Venus at the center of the garden, and Chloris and Flora off to the side, so of course, what garden would be complete without them? I took a little liberty with naming the dresses, but these iconic symbols of beauty and creativity served as my muses," Claire smiles of the design process behind her new gowns.
The stunning fabrics, embroideries, ribbon detailing, and pop of color featured in this collection provide the beauty, joy, and unique spirit that so many brides are longing for after staying at home for weeks and months on end. "After so many months in isolation... it feels wonderful to be back doing what I love," adds the designer. "Through it all, I believe the goddesses are with us still, reminding us of beauty and joy – and inviting us to come dance with them... and I, for one, am ready for that party!"
Take a look at the gorgeous wedding gowns from Claire Pettibone's new bridal collection, The Three Graces, and learn more about each of the stunning styles, below:
Pastel organza beaded flowers and shimmering tulle adorn our Goddess of Love as Venus presides over the garden in this backless, long sleeve sheath with flowing train.
The epitome of all things lovely, Grace is adorned with pearl beaded flowers, a high neck lace bodice and flutter sleeves accented with green fern lace along the open back and long flowing train.
One of our three graces, Thalia has an elaborate embroidered hem and long train, strapless bodice with silk buttons down the back and silk ribbon waist sash. Worn with the Botticelli Bolero of billowing sleeves and floral adorned cuffs.
A beautiful nymph transformed into a Goddess, Chloris is radiant in this graceful ivory and silver spun floral embroidery with silk petal sleeves, open back and long flowing train adorned with Guipure lace and silk ribbon.
A floral embroidered gown befitting the Goddess of Flowers, Flora features trailing vines and blossoms of pink and red along the bodice, long sleeves and flowing train adorned with Guipure lace and silk ribbon.
Photos by Lucy Munoz Photography; Florals by Leta Verbena Floral Design; Hair by Alexandra Hawk for Page Beauty; Hair Accessories by Twigs & Honey; Makeup by Tanya Bures for Page Beauty; Venue: Los Robles Greens; Videography: Love Is Wedding Videography
To see more of Claire Pettibone's gorgeous gowns, 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! Be sure to follow Inside Weddings on Instagram and Pinterest for more vintage-inspired wedding dress ideas!