With a simple yet seductive gown in mind, it came as no surprise that Valerie naturally gravitated towards the Pnina Tornai gowns. Known for her elegantly sexy designs, she would prove to be the ideal designer for this bride-to-be.

“I wanted my wedding dress to represent exactly who I was,” Valerie explains, “No one else really made that sweet, sexy silhouette but I knew that she (Pnina Tornai) did!”

After trying on only two gowns, Valerie fell head over heels for a chic satin sheath gown with a floral lace detailed V-neckline, floral straps, an open back and a cathedral length train. The gown fit Valerie like a glove, hugging her in all the right places like no other gown could. Valerie was ecstatic to have finally found a dress that accentuated her curves, highlighted her face, and made her feel like the ideal version of herself. 

“I think you should you should be you on your wedding day and that dress definitely felt like me,” Valerie reminisces. 

To keep her look effortlessly chic, Valerie decided to wear her hair in loose waves; sticking to the style that best suited her personal style. Valerie also opted to keep the jewelry to a minimum and did not want to distract from the delicate lace detailing on her gown and the seductive silhouette. Lastly, Valerie wore a cathedral length veil, which provided the perfect amount of glamour and coverage for her open back during the church ceremony, even though this was not a worry for the confident bride. 

For former pageant winner Valerie, this gown was different than any other gown that she had worn. Constantly listening to other people's advice and suggestions for her pageant gowns, it meant the world to her that this dress was one that she chose for herself. This sensual and feminine gown was everything that Valerie had dreamed of and more and she couldn't have been happier with her decision.

“I felt gorgeous, sexy, like myself, like a bride! Like a classic sexy bride,” exclaims Valerie. Later Valerie expresses, “I hope everyone can feel how I felt on my wedding day – it was the happiest day of my life.”

As Valerie wed the love of her life, her soft and demure sheath gown did exactly what she had envisioned her dream dress would: highlight the continuously beaming smile on her face. 

Photography by: Aaron Varga Photography

Written by: Jazmine Keels