Adorned in lace from head to toe, Christina Rufino was the embodiment of the romantic vision she had had for herself on her wedding day. As she walked down the aisle to marry her love, Brandon Rothberg, at The Fomenting Cellar in Toronto, Canada, on October 8, 2016, Christina had no doubt in her mind that she had picked the right gown to wear on her special day.
The road to finding the perfect gown was not an easy one for Christina. Despite being in great shape, Christina found that the bridal boutiques she visited did not carry her size for her to try on. Since the boutiques were only carrying extremely small sizes, Christina began to feel discouraged. On the verge of giving up her search for the perfect wedding dress, Christina decided to visit the Pnina Tornai Boutique at Kleinfeld Bridal.
As a fan of Pnina Tornai from seeing her gowns on TV, Christina knew of the designer's gorgeous work. Known for her blinged-out gowns, Christina was a bit hesitant at first, not sure of how the sparkling gowns would look on her. To her delight, the boutique was full of gowns perfect for her to try on, giving her the full bridal experience. After trying on a few gowns, Christina was down to her final dress: a stunningly detailed lace sheath gown with a V-neckline and long sleeves.
“I walked out and everyone starting bawling (crying) before I even had a chance to check myself out,” Christina recalls, “It took me three minutes for everything to register and then I realize this is literally everything I am looking for!”
Christina said yes to her dream gown that was even better than she could have imagined. Knowing that she wanted long sleeves for her October wedding, the see-through lace sleeves of the gown were ideal since they were long without completely covering up her tattoos.
“It still felt like me which was special,” Christina explains.
The gown also had the romantic lace that Christina had always loved and the dramatic train that she had been looking for. Above all else though, the dress fit her shape perfectly. Hugging her in all the right places, Christina even fell in love with the gown's low back due to its superb fit.
“When it fits your body properly, why hide it?” Christina joyfully exclaims.
Fitting in perfectly with the vintage goth-like vibe that Christina wanted for her wedding, the gown was a gorgeous focal point throughout the day. It looked great amongst the jewel tones that she had throughout the venue and its luminescence contrasted against the darker colors such as her deep red lipstick and vibrant bridal bouquet.
Feeling confident, sexy and beautiful on her special day, Christina had a smile on her face as she took her place by her husband's side, ready to begin their new life together in wedded bliss.
Photography by: AGI Studio
Written by: Jazmine Keels