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Light ivory strapless sweetheart tulle gown with micro hand gathered tulle bodice and leaf pleated tulle petal accent.

A tulle ball gown with a romantic sweetheart neckline, and a basque waist fit for a princess—Melanie is a fairy tale wedding gown through and through.

The tulle in this gown is what makes Melanie such a delight. To create the jet black, bra-like top, I’ve used finely pleated French tulle—it’s very fine, and much more pliable than regular tulle. It gives the top a more wispy and fragile look—she’s almost mermaid-like! The rest of the bodice is a corset, so it’s very sculpted, but softened with even more French tulle that’s been diagonally draped and pleated.

The skirt is a collapsed ball gown, meaning it’s not stiff, so those layers of tulle just float and fall over the underskirt quite softly. There’s so much movement in this gown. And then you have a really dramatic train of gathered pieces of tulle, pleated and crinkled to resemble veins of a leaf.

Everything about Melanie is fresh, and enchantingly youthful. She’ll be the belle of the ball!

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