It was a magical moment as Ashley Santoro walked down the aisle to marry her true love, Christopher Santoro, on May 26, 2019 at The Addison Park in New Jersey. All eyes were on her as she made her way towards her soon-to-be husband in a shimmering mermaid gown that was a head-to-toe showstopper.
From the very beginning, Ashley knew exactly how she wanted to look on her wedding day and exactly who would be the designer of her dream wedding gown. For Ashley, the only one who could bring her wedding day vision to life was renowned wedding dress designer Pnina Tornai. Since Ashley works at Kleinfeld Bridal and frequently visited the Pnina Tornai Boutique inside of the famous salon, Ashley was quite familiar with her work. Sexy yet elegant gowns with lots of sparkle and bling, complete with the signature Pnina Tornai corset, were just what Ashley had in mind, and she couldn’t wait to find the ideal one for her.
Approaching her gown shopping experience like any other bride, Ashley and her family made their way to Kleinfeld Bridal so that Ashley could find the gown for her. She showed her consultant the kinds of gowns she liked and requested that she only pull Pnina Tornai gowns. Her stylist pulled a variety of gowns and after trying on a multitude of styles, Ashley decided she wanted to try on the gown she originally had her eye on.
The gown that Ashley chose to try on was from Pnina’s 2019 couture collection, the Dream collection. The dress is an exquisite mermaid gown covered with crystal embellishments. It has a sweetheart neckline, a signature Pnina Tornai corset, and a dramatic tulle skirt. It is absolutely breathtaking!
“The second that I put it on I just knew,” Ashely gushes.
Walking out to her friends and family in this wondrous gown, something magical happened. When Ashley turned around to show the gown to her family, she realized that the whole bridal salon had stopped and was staring at her in this gown! It was then that Ashley knew that this was the gown for her.
Ashley didn’t stop there, though! Since she had been working at Kleinfeld for years, Ashley had seen many different Pnina Tornai gowns come and go through the bridal boutique. There was one gown that Ashley had instantly fallen in love with. It was a whimsical, layered ball gown from the LOVE by Pnina Tornai collection that had entered the salon a few years prior. After trying it on one day with her girlfriends at the salon, Ashley knew that this gown would make the perfect reception gown for her, allowing her to dance the night away like her heart desired.
Ashley recalls, “I really knew that I wanted that gown. I’ve never changed my mind about that dress!”
Armed with not one, but two, glitzy and glamorous wedding dresses for her special day, Ashley knew she needed the right accessories to complete the look. In her side-swept hair was a gorgeous headpiece that perfectly complemented the crystal embellishments on the gown. She wore simple teardrop earrings and a special heirloom necklace from the groom’s side of the family, passed down from generation to generation. To add the perfect bridal touch, Ashley wore a beautiful two-tiered, cathedral length veil with tiny crystals scattered throughout.
Everything had come together perfectly, and when Chris and Ashley’s wedding day arrived, Ashley couldn’t wait to show Chris how she looked—but she couldn’t pass up the chance to have some fun with him first! Having a very playful relationship with her husband, Ashley decided to prank him by having her husband’s friend come out in her reception gown. When her husband turned around expecting to see Ashley, he got a big surprise that gave everyone a great laugh. When he finally saw his bride, Chris’ face lit up as he saw how truly magical Ashley looked.
Ashley looked alluring and sophisticated for her wedding and then hit the dance floor in her fun reception gown, dancing the night away with her new husband and forever soulmate.
Written by Jazmine Keels
Photography by Emerald Fine Art Photography
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