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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! 

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