Margarit Najarian's journey to finding her dream wedding dress was not an easy one. However, on October 2, 2016 all of her decisions were validated as she walked down the aisle of the St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, NY in her one -of-a-kind gown to marry her one true love, Narod Najarian.
Standing at 5 feet tall, finding a gown that complemented Margarit's petite frame was going to be a challenge. After shopping and having no success at other bridal salons, upon her sister's urging, Margarit decided to finally make the trip to Kleinfeld Bridal. After trying on a few gowns, including Pnina Tornai gowns, Margarit had narrowed her choices down to three different gowns. Two weeks later Margarit came back to the salon with her mom and sister, ready to try the few gowns on for them to see. Margarit tried on mermaid gown with Giupure lace and flared out ruffled train at the bottom.
Margarit walked out in the gown and they were all in agreement that this gown was something special. For Margarit, her mom, and her sister, this was the first gown that all three had unanimously loved. The silhouette, the lace, the ruffled flare; everything about this gown was speaking to Margarit. Something, or should I say someone, else that was speaking to Margarit – Pnina Tornai herself. Being a petite designer herself, Pnina knew the struggles that brides of smaller statures faced. Therefore her gowns looked fabulous on tall and petite brides alike and Margarit was no exception!
“She was so sweet and kind. Everything that I wanted to add, change or slightly modify she never said no,” Margarit fondly remembers, “she literally helped me craft the dress of my dreams!”
Without getting carried away, there were a few customizations that Margarit had made to her gown. For starters, the torso needed to be shortened to alter her shorter frame. Margarit did opt to keep the illusion portion to the torso of her gown not wanting to add any more fabric to the already thick gown. Next, Pnina Tornai added buttons all down the custom zipper in the back of the gown, which added an extra touch of elegance to tbe dress. Lastly the largest customization that was made was a custom bodysuit that Pnina Tornai created for Margarit to wear during her church ceremony. Originally wanted a long sleeved gown, Pnina Tornai sculpted Margarit a long sleeve mesh bodysuit that had the same Giupure lace around the wrists that her gown was made of. Finished with the open back, Margarit's dream gown was now complete.
“It was the perfect blend of classy and elegant with a hint of sexy at the same time,” gushes Margarit.
For jewelry Margarit decided to keep things simple. The earrings she wore served as her something borrowed for the day. Margarit initially thought that she would wear a necklace on her wedding but while getting ready the day of, decided against wearing it. She did not want to take away from her captivating cap sleeves and illusion V neckline. As her something new, Margarit wore bracelets that her loving parents had gifted her.
What was really special about this gown was that it fit into the very New York style wedding that Margarit had planned. Fun fact: Margarit and her soon-to-be husband were driven around on their wedding day in a vintage 1960's cab. The same one that Lady Gaga arrived in to an award show! While Margarit's outfit was not as outrageous as the eccentric pop star, her wedding gown was definitely a showstopper.
The extravagant softly ruffled train and exquisite Giupure lace on the gown meshed perfectly with the romantic scene that was set for the newlyweds reception at Guastavino's. A black-tie formal event, Margarit wanted everything to feel like a truly special occasion. More like a celebration instead of a traditional wedding, Margarit danced the night away with her husband and guests while her gown softly twirled with every move she made.
Margarit reminisces, “I felt like a true bride in every sense of the word. That was important for me when choosing the dress. I wanted to feel like a bride and not just like I was wearing a white dress.”
Newly married to the love of her life, wearing the gown of her dreams, Margarit was one of the most beautiful and happiest brides you have ever seen.
Written by: Jazmine Keels
Photography by: Josh Wong Photography