Last summer two of my best friends, Pauline and Peter, got married in Sun Valley, Idaho, and Martha Stewart was there to capture it all. Not only was the altitude and love high that weekend, so was the fashion, style and elegance. Marchesa draped the bride while Mr. Larkin dressed the bridesmaids, and the groomsmen were decked in personally designed Nikes from the groom! Every last detail was absolute sophisticated, rustic perfection. Check out the images from Martha Stewart Real Weddings April 2012 issue, but most importantly check out Pauline Montupet…not only is she one of my best friends, but an impeccable stylist and all around inspiration. This was her vision and it was stunning…and Peter’s pretty amazing as well!
Bridesmaids photgraphed above in Mr. Larkin Olivia Dress, Hand-dyed by Sasha Duerr with artisan natural dyes made of Walnut, Pear Leaves and Tea.
Ever since I designed the Elsa from my debut Spring 2009 Collection, I have been asked by quite a few conscious brides-to-be to design their wedding dress. I sadly have had to turn most down because I did not have the time to add such a couture concept to Mr. Larkin’s already time consuming artisan process. Though since I have been on leave the last year raising my little girl, I have had some time to step away from the intense production schedules of seasonal fashion and focus on the true art of couture design. I’m not sure where this will go, but I am in the process of designing a few more wedding gowns at the moment and have officially opened the doors to custom orders for the Mr. Larkin Six Pennies Collection.
The saying goes:
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies.
Here is a peak at the first dress I made (with the help of my ever-so-talented embroiderers at Elephant Embellishments) for my beautiful friend Natalie…she married her love, Justin, in Santa Monica on 9.10.11…I was honored to be apart of their very special love story…