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Her dresses sparkle at gypsy weddings

The bodice of the gypsy wedding dress (priced at $20,000), with Swarovski crystal pins and flat-back crystals. Designer Sondra Celli (left) and an assistant, Valentina Sofranova. The bodice of the gypsy wedding dress (priced at $20,000), with Swarovski crystal pins and flat-back crystals. Designer Sondra Celli (left) and an assistant, Valentina Sofranova. (PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF)
By Erica Thompson
Globe Correspondent / June 16, 2012
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While many of this year’s wedding dress trends draw heavily on Kate Middleton’s elegant and restrained lace-sleeved gown, Sondra Celli caters to a slightly more ornate bride-to-be.

For 30-plus years, the Waltham-based dress designer has been creating highly decorated wedding gowns doused with bling: crystals, rhinestones, and occasionally miniature mirrors. Celli’s gowns are status symbols within gypsy communities, and her customer base has only grown since the premiere of the TLC series “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” in April.

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