On October 17, 2015 at the Orange United Method Church in Chapel Hill, NC, Valerie walked down in the aisle in a sweet and sexy gown adorned with lace to marry her love, Bobby DelZecchio.
Like many brides, Valerie had dreamed about the big, beautiful wedding complete with the perfect groom and, of course, the ideal wedding dress. There was only one place Valerie had in mind to find the wedding dress of her dreams: Kleinfeld Bridal. Therefore, in September of 2014, Valerie ventured to New York with her family in search of the perfect bridal gown.
While Valerie had a few ideas of details she wanted in her gown, she had no idea that she would become a Pnina Tornai bride. The first gown from the Pnina Tornai boutique that Valerie tried on was a large ball gown complete with ruffles and bows. Looking for a mermaid gown with a low back and straps, the next gown Valerie tried on seemed to fit her criteria. Her mother however was yet to be sold. To Valerie’s mother, something seemed to be missing. Little did they know that Pnina Tornai herself had overheard the conversation and was ready with the perfect solution.
“I knew the dress was the one but my mom was convinced that it was missing something. Then I see Pnina Tornai come out of a room and she is holding a bow,” Valerie recalls, “She was like ‘We could put the bow right here and then you could take it off for the reception.'”
The gorgeous over-sized bow proved to be the perfect addition to the gown bringing everyone to realize that this gown was the one!
“It just added the perfect couture look to the gown,” explains Valerie.
The only choice left to make was if Valerie wanted Pnina’s signature illusion corset or if she would have lining added to themidsection of the gown. “I initially thought that it would be too risqué with the low back.”
However, in the end, Valerie decided to take the risk and go with the gorgeous illusion corset. Valerie left the Pnina Tornai Boutique at Kleinfeld Bridal that day saying yes to a stunning lace illusion corseted mermaid gown with sweetheart neckline, low back and embellished straps.
In addition to her enchanting gown, Valerie decided to accessorize her gown with a Pnina Tornai veil. Instead of the lace veil that went with the gown, Valerie opted for a veil with a bit more sparkle to compliment the lace.
For the final touch to her exquisite gown, Valerie incorporated her something blue. As an homage to her recently passed grandmother, Valerie's mother sewed a piece of blue fabric from one her grandmother's blouses into her gown.
“I felt like she was with me that day. I'm glad I had that little extra touch.”
On the day of the wedding Valerie was still in awe and in love with her beautiful gown. So in love in fact, that she couldn't bring herself to take the bow off for the reception as initially planned.
“ I absolutely loved the back of the dress,” gushes Valerie. “It was so beautiful I just couldn't imagine taking scissors to the bow.”
The romance and glamour of Valerie's dress not only looked wonderful against the adorable southern church she was married in, it served as a great contrast to the rusticity of the pavilion where the reception was held.
Feeling beautiful and glamorous in her lace Pnina Tornai mermaid gown with a cathedral veil, Valerie was simply radiant on her special day. The only thing than shined brighter than her smile was the future she was beginning with her one true love.
Photography: Graham Terhune Photography
Writer: Jazmine Keels