Alicia Antonelli’s bridal vision came to life on May 6, 2017 when she wed her true love, Robert Antonelli, at St. Ann’s Church in Staten Island. Her gown was the embodiment of how she had envisioned herself on her wedding day and she couldn’t have been happier with how her custom gown had turned out.
From the beginning, Alicia knew that she wanted to wear a fitted sheath gown. She also knew which designer made the type of gown she loved: Pnina Tornai. Therefore it was a no-brainer when it came time for Alicia to go gown shopping that she would make the trip to the Pnina Tornai Boutique at Kleinfeld Bridal. With a clear vision of what she wanted to look like on her wedding day, Alicia was ready to try on some gowns.
Even though her heart was set on wearing a Pnina Tornai gown, Alicia did try on a few other gowns to start. Having no success with the first gowns she tried, Alicia finally slipped into a Pnina Tornai sheath gown with a low back, mesmerizing lace embroidery, and a dramatic train outlined in the same beautiful lace as the corset of the gown. From the moment Alicia put the dress on she knew that it was “the one.”
Alicia exclaims, “It just matched my vision of what I wanted to look like!”
Going for a vintage and romantic look on her wedding day, Alicia loved the classic look of this sleek gown. Since Alicia was at the bridal salon during a Pnina Tornai trunk show, she got to meet and work with the designer of her dream gown! After talking with Pnina, Alicia made a few custom changes to her classic dress.
The first change was to add elegant buttons down the back of the gown since it was a detail Alicia had always wanted. Next, going for more of a traditional look, Alicia changed the lining of the gown from nude to white to match the satin of the rest of the dress. Lastly, during another visit to the salon, Pnina Tornai's boutique manager, Ally McGown, showed Alicia the draped crystals that could be added to the gown. This dazzling final touch was the icing on the fabulous cake for Alicia and she was thrilled with her new custom creation.
“Once I saw that (the added crystals) it made the dress even more special for me,” Alicia fondly recalls.
The dress Alicia had created with the Pnina Tornai team was truly something special indeed. A striking gown on it's own, the gown was now a magnificent mix of modern sensuality and traditional beauty. To add even more drama to her wedding day attire, Alicia completed her look with a raw-cut, cathedral length Pnina Tornai veil. The veil added an enchanting touch of vintage glamour to her look while still allowing the gown to be seen.
When Alicia's wedding day finally arrived, she was absolutely dazzling in her mesmerizing and enchanting gown. Alicia beamed from the inside out and her happiness was apparent as she and Robert strolled through Historic Richmond in Staten Island. Showered with compliments from her awestruck husband, Alicia knew she had made the right choice in fashion and in love.
Written by: Jazmine Keels
Photography by: The Bleu Studio