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Wedding Dress Wednesday: Carolina by Kitty Chen

Meet Carolina!

Designer: Kitty Chen

Why we love her: Another masterpiece from Kitty Chen in the store, Carolina is a chic and dramatic gown. Fitted, lacy, and classic, she will have brides looking and feeling their best. The design of this gown is timeless and absolutely stunning.

Carolina has a classic fit-and-flare silhouette. She hugs brides’ curves without restricting around the legs too much. Traditional lace appliques rest on top of a layer of chantilly lace. This adds dimension to the gown and makes her fascinating to look at– up close and far away! The lace appliques are more concentrated on the bodice, but the amazing lace detailing is still present on the skirt and in the train.

Big appliques on a cathedral length train adds another wow-factor to Carolina. The train is a scalloped shape, so brides can create some really dramatic pictures with it! There is also hem lace that continues around the bottom of the dress. This gives her a polished, finished look. 

Carolina has gorgeous long sleeves attached to an illusion neckline with a deep plunge. This plunge adds a touch of modernity and spice to a traditional gown. Illusion netting helps keep the dress in place, so brides can dance all night long without fiddling with the sleeves. The long sleeves have the same lace appliques on them as the rest of the dress. Made with flesh-toned tulle, the sleeves give the illusion that the lace is resting directly on the bride’s skin. The sleeves end with crystal button closures.  

And if you thought that the sleeves, or the scalloped, cathedral-length train were the most extraordinary things about this beauty, you would be wrong!

Expertly-placed appliques climb up the back from the waistline; the placement of these appliques is strategic as it helps draw the eye in and make waists look snatched. This applique, combined with the lace appliques from the long sleeves, help frame the real star of the back of the gown: the beading! Carolina has an illusion back with some of the most intricate beaded detailing you’ve ever seen! An elaborate mix of pearls, rhinestones, and silver beads, the bead work on the back of the gown is absolutely show-stopping. Crystal buttons are incorporated into this design; they extend the length of the illusion back and down over the rest of the zipper closure. 

Beading on the illusion mesh is very dramatic

Carolina is available in Ivory/Nude (pictured), Ivory, and White. 

She’s great for: Carolina by Kitty Chen brings the heat– while keeping it super classy at the same time. This lacy, intricate design is perfect for brides who are aiming for a vintage vibe. She is traditional but not stuffy, classic but not boring. Her vintage vibes will work nicely in event spaces like refinished barns, historic mansions and hotels, and ornate religious spaces. With her long sleeves and beaded design on the illusion back, is best suited for weddings taking place in the fall and the winter, but she will stun in every season! 

What makes her special: Everything about her is special, but the back of the dress is what really sets her apart! The bead work on the illusion back is masterful; guests will want a closer look at it from the moment they see it coming down the aisle. Also, the lining of the dress does not extend the length of the train, creating a dramatic illusion train. This also gives the gown a very light-weight bustle, which will be appreciated when it is time to dance.

Matching veil - Carolina by Kitty Chen

Carolina has a matching cathedral-length veil available to order as well. The veil has matching lace applique, making her the perfect accessory for brides who want to look like royalty.

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