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Wedding Dress Wednesday – Franca by Calla Blanche

Meet Franca!
Designer: Calla Blanche

Why we love her: Franca by Calla Blanche should be a must-try for all brides! We are just welcoming the Calla Blanche line to our store, and Franca is a much-anticipated addition for good reason! This shimmery, sheath gown blends tradition with modernity, glitter with opulence. She is a dazzling masterpiece.

Her sheath silhouette hugs brides through the bodice to the hips, then gently drops straight down through the legs. This silhouette is perfect for brides who want to show off their figures while also keeping their legs free for dancing all night long! 

Franca has a lovely plunge neckline with mesh and lace

Franca has a V-shaped neckline with a modest plunge. Swirls of beaded lace extend slightly over the V-shaped neckline and plunge, which gives her a delicate and romantic neckline. Lacey cap sleeves rest upon brides’ shoulders, and a skin-tone illusion mesh helps keep them in place. The plunge neckline with the lacey cap sleeves is just one example of how Franca combines beloved traditional aspects with modern flares. The bodice can be unlined, which has a contemporary look, or it can be lined for a more conservative look. Brides can decide which is best for them!  

Franca’s bodice, as well as the rest of the dress, is enveloped in decadent beaded lace appliques. With a revered pattern of swirls and leaves, the design of the lace appliques will stand the test of time. And in the light, she has a radiant sparkle. A light touch of clear sequins and ivory beading is stitched atop the lace; delicate glitter tulle lies beneath the lace. Franca is as beautiful as they get! 

Calla Blanche uses quality lace and fabrics for a lovely fit
Lovely beaded lace with a sparkle layer underneath

Accompanying the cap sleeves in the back of the gown is a deep scoop shape back neckline. The deep U shape accentuates brides backs, and the lace pattern flows down the side. The placement of the lace pattern slims the back around the waist area, making it a very flattering design! The lace lays on illusion mesh, meaning it appears like it is laying directly on skin.

A line of buttons flows down the back of the gown from the scooped back neckline through the length of the train. This thoughtful detail will make bustling the train a breeze. Franca has a chapel-length train. All of the sparkle and lace from the dress flows down the train, so the walk down the aisle will be memorable for brides, grooms, and everyone in attendance!          

Franca's scooped out back with buttons

This gorgeous dress can be ordered with ivory lace and a light nude lining, showcasing the lace detail. She can also be ordered in all ivory, which will highlight her sparkle! Brides can choose which spectacular part of the design to emphasize. 

She’s perfect for: Classic and traditional brides looking to add a little flare! Franca is an intricate, formal gown; she will match the aesthetics of grand hotels and ballrooms, historic mansions, and museums. Her intricate bead work and fine lace deserve a venue as glamorous as they are! With her cap sleeves and optional bodice lining, she is easily church-appropriate! Franca is unique in the fact that she can easily be worn all seasons through the year; winter dreamland or summer garden, Franca will be spectacular anytime!

What makes her special: The attention to detail that Calla Blanche has put into crafting this gown is nothing short of ingenious. Every inch of Franca is decorated exquisitely. Franca is dreamy, and she shines all on her own. But for brides looking to amplify her look, she has matching accessories that can be ordered. A cathedral length veil with an identical sparkle pattern is one accessory option; another accessory that can be ordered is a matching overskirt! With an overskirt, brides can have two looks with one stunning gown! 

Do You Want Sleeves On Your Wedding Dress?

Sleeves are definitely on trend right now and there are so many different options available. Even if you don’t like the feel of sleeves but love the look, there are options for you too!

Sleeves on wedding dresses are gorgeous. There are so many different versions now, too, like off the shoulder, detachable, illusion, illusion with lace and buttons, full lace, etc.  Look at your Pinterest board – even if you aren’t considering sleeves I’ll bet you have one pinned.

Trying on dresses with sleeves is very interesting. Some brides know that’s what they want. Don’t even show them any dresses without them!

Others think they want them but when they try on they find them restricting of movement, itchy, irritating, or all three, and they move away from them.

Then there is the bride who never considered hem who tries on and falls in love! It’s one of the “game changers” in dress hunting that we love!

Madi Lane Della with 3/4 detached sleeve
Madi Lane Della with 3/4 detached sleeve

With sleeves you will want to consider:

Will you be married in the heat? If you are getting married outside in the sun or on the beach, these may not be for you. Think of your ceremony, play that out in your head, does it make sense? If you really love the idea you can consider a dress like Morilee’s Dauphine and wear them for the ceremony and remove them afterward, like two looks in one!

Do you have sensitive skin or sensory issues? If a dress bothers you at all during the trying on phase, that is not your dress! This applies to all aspects, not just sleeves. You will be in it for hours, it needs to feel comfortable all around.

Are you a “throw your hands in the air” type dancer? If so, you won’t be throwing them as high wearing a dress with long sleeves.

Is your wedding in the winter or a colder location? Sleeves are perfect for you, but do not expect them to keep you “warm”. Unless you have them lined – which further diminishes mobility – you may still need a fur wrap or cape if your ceremony is outdoors or for outside pictures.

For the best of both worlds, ask us for options like detachable on many dresses, or a pretty sheer matching jacket. Or we can have them made by our seamstresses at your fitting if you order the dress you love without them but are still undecided. We have capes, jackets, fur wraps, and other accessories as well to customize your perfect look!

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Fortunata by Morilee

Meet: Fortunata!

Designer: Morilee by Madeline Gardener

Fortunata by Morilee is a gorgeous fit and flare dress with beading and 3d lace, side cutouts, and deep plunge neckline

Why We Love Her: Fortunata is filled with luxurious details! Glitter, beading, appliques: this fit and flare dress has it all! Throughout the entirety of this dress, there is endless detail that creates a glorious dimension. Beginning with her shape, the fitted bodice and flared bottom and train is the perfect combination for a bride who is looking to show off her figure!

Morilee Fortunata close up of beaded plunge and illusion cutouts

Her bodice consists of a v-neckline with a dazzling deep illusion plunge as well as mesh side cutouts. With those two features alone, she is sure to flatter all body types by creating an elongated hourglass figure! On top, Fortunata has beautiful floral and leaf lace appliques that cover the entirety of the bodice and gently cascade down the skirt and train. On top of the appliques, there are dainty iridescent beads that only add to the detail!

Fortunata beaded strap

From the top of the bodice into the soft illusion v-back, she has thin spaghetti beaded straps that create the perfect transition by incorporating the beading. Moving down the back, she has gorgeous glittered tulle buttons that connect the illusion mesh and cover the zipper to make the bride’s booty pop! Below the zipper, the laced and glittered tulle layers romantically flare out into the luminous long train!

Fortunata close up illusion back and buttons

Fortunata is available in three different color choices: ivory/porcelain (shown on in-store pics), ivory/honey, and ivory/cappuccino/honey. These choices change the color of the underliner and mesh that is within the dress, allowing the bride to have flexibility when deciding how scandalous she wants to be! The designer Morilee also offers her dresses in three different hem lengths to allow brides of all heights to have little to no hem in alterations!

Full back of Morilee's Fortunata wedding dress

She’s Great For: Making a grand entrance at a summer wedding! With all of her details glowing in the sunlight as she walks down the aisle, the bride will leave every guest holding back tears. And the best part is that despite all the detail that fills the dress, she is very lightweight, allowing the bride to stay comfortable in hot temperatures all day long!

What Makes Her Special: Her unique dimension! Due to her mix of thick glitter tulle, 3D floral appliques, and beading, Fortunata features are outstanding. Brides will fall head over heels for her, and she will leave the wedding guests in awe. She will definitely not fail to impress from the first try on to the moment the bride walks down the aisle!

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Vera by Mia Solano

Meet Vera!

Designer: Mia Solano

Mia Solano's Vera wedding dress, a sparkling fit and flare with a gorgeous lace train

Why we love her: Vera by Mia Solano is a work of art! All of her thoughtful details come together to create an impossibly gorgeous gown. From her sparkle, to her silhouette, to her exclusivity, Vera is a must-try for every bride!

Vera has beaded spaghetti straaps
Vera’s beaded straps

She starts off strong with delicately beaded spaghetti straps to help keep her supported all night long! Sequins and clear gems line the straps until they meet the bodice. The straps lead into a stunning V-neckline with a modest plunge. Brides can feel a little sexy with this neckline without worrying about any wardrobe malfunctions! The stunning lace applique that covers the dress goes right up to the neckline; small bits of lace extends off the neckline, which softens the look of the V shape and the plunge.      

Vera is covered from top to toe in striking floral appliques. These lacey, flowery appliques decorate the top of the bodice and drip down the rest of the dress. Much of the applique is sequined; this gives her a noticeable sparkle without going over-the-top.

She also has a swirly, glittery, floral design beneath the appliques. This gives her depth and dimension, making her mesmerizing to look at. The appliques and glittery design swirl down the gown and extend the length of the train. The appliques sit on top of an unlined bodice, giving the illusion the gorgeous lace is laying directly on the skin.

Train lace on Vera dress is detailed, layered, and sparkly
Vera’s lace is simply breathtaking

The back of Vera is unlined as well. The back neckline reaches the mid-back, making it a great option for all sizes of busts! The beaded straps flow into a gentle scoop shape for the back neckline, and a handful of buttons cover the zipper closure. She has a fit-and-flare silhouette, so she is fitted through the waist and hips, and she flares out gently around the knees. This dramatic silhouette will leave a lasting impression for every guest!

The flared skirt leads to a heavenly chapel-length train, where the same floral appliques and glittery flowers dance down the dress. The circular shape of the train will make brides look like they are floating in a cloud of splendor. 

She’s great for: elegant and opulent weddings! Vera is a perfect match for venues like designer hotels, ballrooms, and luxurious country clubs. She is regal, she is classic, and she is a must-try for every bride! With her modest plunge and higher back neckline, she will flatter and support brides of all body types! Her high-back neckline will keep everything secure and comfortable, and the flare of the skirt allows for effortless walking and dancing!

What makes her special: The glittery floral detailing that lies beneath the lace appliques gives her an undeniable iridescence. This thoughtful detail adds dazzling sparkle without adding weight. Vera has a slight warm golden sheen to her from a layer of soft gold tulle.

But perhaps the most special thing about Vera is her exclusivity! We are the only bridal salon on the East Coast to carry the designer Mia Solano! As a very exclusive brand, you won’t see many other people wearing her gowns, especially in this area. With Vera as your wedding gown, you are sure to be one-of-a-kind!   


Wedding Dress Wednesday: Presley by Evie Young

Meet Presley!

Designer: Evie Young

If you’re looking for a dreamy little a-line, we can’t wait to introduce you to Presley from Evie Young!

Why We Love Her: Because she’s a stunner with a little bit of everything – lace, sparkle, drama, you name it. Her bold, lotus-like lace on the bodice along with boning provides structure and support with a touch of modern flair from her plunged neckline. The bodice is available lined for modesty or unlined to make the lace stand out!

Presley has a structured and supportive bodice with a deep plunge neckline and lovely lace

Spaghetti straps lead down to a low, lace and illusion back with exquisite button and loop enclosures. Detachable off-the-shoulder flutter sleeves are the perfect option for brides looking for a versatile look!

The florals continue down the skirt to a spectacular unlined, lace framed train that is full of drama! This lace and tulle train will make dancing the night away at your reception a breeze due to its lightweight nature. A soft layer of glitter tulle dazzles underneath the sequined lace right down the aisle and adds the perfect finishing touch!

Light lacey train on Presley by Evie Young

She’s Great For: Presley is a beautiful gown for brides with outdoor ceremony spaces! Venues like gardens, mountains, and arboretums are perfect for this gorgeous gown to shine. Your photographer would have a blast getting shots of the tropical florals contrasting against the trees grasses.

Evie Young Presley dress has a Detachable off the shoulder sleeve
Detachable off the shoulder sleeve

Traveling with Presley is an easy task since she is made of lightweight material, so she is the perfect choice for all of your destination wedding dreams. The florals on the gown lend her perfectly to beach weddings, too! She will glisten gorgeously under the sun and against the ocean.

This dress is the perfect balance for brides who really want a gorgeous a-line but want to be cool and comfortable on their big day. The open illusion bodice, low back, and floor length liner really help to not trap heat and keep air flowing!

The back of Presley is whimsical and so light

What Makes Her Special: The honest answer is everything – everything about her makes her special, she checks every box! The fit of this dress is so flattering for so many different body types due to the waistline hitting at the natural waist and the support of the boning that the lined version would have. The skirt has no crinoline inside which adds no poof the skirt and the lace and tulle overlay fall romantically overtop the liner. The detachable sleeves are the cherry on top.

Presley’s illusion train is jaw-dropping and will add a real wow factor for your walk down the aisle. Bustling this one is a breeze and turns her into a dress you can’t wait to twirl in! Her floral lace is stunning and one of a kind, and not only that, Evie Young is an exclusive designer that does not saturate the market with her designs so this dress is not sold everywhere.

You will receive compliments on Presley for years to come! Come see her for yourself! Make an appointment to try her on here.

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Nanelle From Blue by Enzoani

Meet Nanelle!

Designer: Blue by Enzoani

Why we Love Her: Nanelle is a sleek, classic, and timeless dress. Her mikado fabric is the perfect blend between a heavy satin and lighter silk. It will provide a luminous glow, airy feel, and structured look that will gorgeously flatter the bride while also keeping her comfortable all night long!

On the bodice, Nanelle has intricately placed seam lines that will give the illusion of a tight waist and hourglass fit, and who doesn’t want that! She consists of the classic sweetheart neckline and trumpet fit which will focus the attention on the bride’s figure.

On her back is a beautiful illusion mesh that is lined with sturdy boning which allows for some skin to be shown without any shape getting lost. This mesh can be ordered in nude or ivory, depending on the look the bride is going for.

Nanelle’s train is just as incredible as the rest of this dress. She has buttons that continue all the way down the train and add even more to the classiness of this dress. Her train is a lightweight yet stunning feature that will flawlessly flow bustled or not.

She’s Great for: A sophisticated bride who is looking for a minimalist wow dress.

Her simple complexion mixed with the fun addition of the bow is perfect for a bride who wants to have a traditional dress with the unconventional touch that Enzoani is known for. Nanelle will perfectly match a variety of different venues and any color scheme that a bride can think of.

What Makes Her Special: Her bow, of course!

Enzoani Nanelle has a dramatic detachable bow on the back
Pretied oversized bow is a dramatic statement

This bow is a breathtaking statement and will leave the guests in awe when the bride walks down the aisle! With the easy attachment of button loops to hook onto this dress, this bow can easily be added and removed with zero hassle.

It is also the perfect touch of fun and detail that every bride will quickly realize that she needs at her wedding. It is a large tied bow that will attach at the waistline of the bride and cascade down the back. Attached, there is a long asymmetrical train that will gracefully overlap the train of the dress and add the perfect touch of floral lace detailing.

For a bride that is not too fond of wearing a veil, this bow will be the ideal substitute. Pictures will be able to be taken with or without bow, and the bride will see the full look and vibe of this dress completely transform!