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All images are courtesy of Claire Pettibone, photography by Anton Oparin.

On Monday afternoon I was lucky enough to be invited to the unveiling of the new Claire Pettibone Romantique Collection at the ever-so-luxe Blackburn Bridal Couture.

This award-winning treasure-trove is everything a Bridal Boutique should be… Pretty, elegant, relaxed, friendly and ridiculously inspirational. I wanted to try on EVERY single one of the dresses that lined their rails. But I didn’t, I behaved and kept my inner excited self from exploding, just.

So with a pink lemonade in hand and my front row seat acquired I was ready to view the catwalk show, the scene was set – twinkling candlelight, ethereal music and the scent of fresh roses filled the air.

And then this…

Imagine delicate webbed crepe, bold floral lace, delicious nudes and caramels, dipped hems and flashes of bare legs, low-backs and intricate appliqué. It was exquisite. The team who put together the Blackburn Bridal show created gorgeous Boho floral crowns {Hayford & Rhodes}, beachy tousled hair {Fresh Lifestyle Salon & Spa} and effortlessly glam beauty looks {Ana Ospina}…

I loved it. I loved it all.

Below are some images from the New York show for your very own pinning pleasure…

Which would you choose…?

Romantique Collection by Claire Pettibone

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ADELAIDE: Re-embroidered lace with crepe lining and lace straps.

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AMOUR: Below-the-knee lace dress with sheer back, satin lining and re-embroidered appliqués.

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BIANCA: Crepe blouson sleeve gown with delicate web net sash and train.

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CASABLANCA: Floral lace mini with flowing chiffon panels and re-embroidered lace appliqués.

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CEYLON: Chiffon gown lined in satin with flutter sleeves and sash.

notes on the Collection

“Inspired by Moroccan villas, English country gardens and lavender fields, the Romantique Collection is graceful, poetic and Bohemian.

Infused with a vintage vibe that has become synonymous with Claire Pettibone’s signature style, the dresses incorporate Embroidered Lace, Toile Cotton, and Chiffon with scalloped edge embellishments, sheer and illusion back detailing, and floral adornment.

The collection also includes a number of shorter gowns designed with floaty boho sleeves – perfect for the laid back, less formal bride…”

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CLEMENTINE: Sequinned eyelash lace lined in satin with chiffon train and sash.

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ESTELLE: Eyelash cotton lace lined in satin with scalloped bodice and sheer back.

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GARDENIA: Dramatic floral lace with sheer back, satin lining and re-embroidered appliqués.

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KASBAH: Striped cotton Leaver’s lace lined in crepe with boho sleeves.

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LAUREL: Rose lace bodice with flowing chiffon sleeves and low back.

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LILITH: Delicate web net lined in cotton with Leaver’s lace bodice, shirred long sleeves and detachable web net train.

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PATCHOULI: Re-embroidered lace lined in crepe with three-quarter lace sleeves and scalloped edge neckline.

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PHAEDRA: Chiffon layered over floral lace with low-back lace bodice adorned with roses.

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QUEEN ANNE’S LACE: Cotton Leaver’s lace with tulle lined in cotton with satin sash and beaded appliqué.

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RHAPSODY: Hi-lo layered chiffon and crepe skirt with eyelash lace bodice and flutter sleeve.

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ROBYN: Toile cotton pencil skirt with lace bodice and tulle overlay with satin sash.

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ROSEMARY: Floral Chantilly lace mermaid gown with low back and lace shoulder appliqués.

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SERAPHINA: Chantilly lace layered gown with chiffon flounces, and sheer lace back and bustle.

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THYME: Toile cotton gown with tulle and Levaer’s lace tiered overlay.

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TOPANGA: Lace boho gown with delicate web lace sleeves and sheer skirt and train.

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YOLANDA: Cotton cluny lace lined in satin with satin sash and silk flower.

Behind the Scenes

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Click here for the Behind-the-Scenes Gallery…

I know, I know… Divine right…?

I lost count of the number of times I gasped.

I love the inspiration behind the collection, after all, the venue and location of your wedding really does influence your fashion choices, and for me, this collection echoes our Bohemian Beats and Coastal Cool style categories perfectly.

With all gowns priced under £2000 the Romantique Collection makes Claire Pettibone’s designs more accessible to brides than ever before.

The collection will be available at Blackburn Bridal and in stockists throughout the country from November.

Lots of love to you lucky, lucky Brides-to-be…

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