Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg: Priscilla's gown

The bride wore "Sky between the branches", a gown by designer Claire Pettibone.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg married long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan in a surprise wedding in their home in Palo Alto, California on May 19th 2012. Mark traded in his typical jeans, hoodie and sandals for a blue suit and tie. Priscilla made a beautiful bride in a $4,700 gown designed by Claire Pettibone.

The gown is called “Sky between the branches”, and this full-length dress has a sheath silhouette with a bateau neckline. It features matte sequins and ivory cut-out embroidery with sheer back. The bride purchased her dress from the Little White Dress Shop in Denver, Colorado.


We found the following on Claire Pettibone’s blog and love the philosophy behind this gown. It obviously has Asian influences, which is interesting considering Priscilla’s Chinese heritage.

Take a moment to see the sky between the branches…breathe in the softly scented air. The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, and a sense of lightness and indescribable beauty takes hold.

Hints of Asian inspiration interpreted as subtle details. Cherry blossoms literally bloom in the fabrics, as the embroideries and embellishments provide the foliage for this paradise. The more we see and discover, we find the lines between cultures have become blurred, and beauty is universal. I enjoyed exploring this enchanted garden and the rich history and symbolism of cultures to discover precious details for this collection. Through my research, I was struck by a sense of innocence and purity, a soft sweetness almost as if Spring herself was the bride-to-be.

As always, my goal is to conceive a timeless expression of beauty that transcends the age in which we live and helps to create a magical day for the bride. In a world sometimes overwhelmed by challenges, a wedding is a celebration of joy and love, a promise of hope for the future… a much needed reminder of all that is precious and wondrous.

~ Claire Pettibone, October, 2010?


Claire says on her blog: 'I wrote these words about a year and a half ago to share the inspiration and thoughts behind my latest collection. The last few days have been quite the whirlwind, and I feel like maybe “taking a moment to see the sky between the branches” is not a bad idea. The branches of media frenzy, interviews, updates and tweets can all be a bit much… don’t get me wrong, I love the branches, I’m extremely GRATEFUL for the branches! But it is the sky that gives us the air to breath, the light to see things with some sense of perspective and allows our spirits to somehow float above it all. I don’t think the instantly famous bride Priscilla Chan really had any idea of how MANY branches she was about to sprout on May 19th! No matter who she married, she is a woman in love, who I’m sure just wanted to have a moment with close family and friends to witness her pledge of love to the man she chose as her life partner…I am hoping the happy couple can steal a moment to see the sky.'

See Claire Pettibone’s Fall 2012 collection on Publiboda USA.

Check out the details of Priscilla’s gown here.

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