January 04, 2011 09:00 PM

Courtesy David Meister; Inset: Berliner

When designer David Meister got a call that Valerie Bertinelli needed a wedding gown in less than two weeks time, he didn’t blink. He’d created dresses for the actress since 2008, and they were easy collaborators. Three fittings later — all in the last week! — and the result was a stunning pale blue silk chiffon gown that Bertinelli rocked during her New Years Day nuptials to longtime boyfriend Tom Vitale. With a nod to 1940s old Hollywood glamour with a plunging neckline and draped sleeves, the gown also offered a front leg slit for a dose of “modern sexy” while the color was simply one of Bertinelli’s favorites. Best of all? “It accentuates all of her best parts,” says Christopher Lane, Bertinelli’s longtime trainer. “That’s the way you want look when you’re in a wedding dress — you feel sexy, curvy and comfortable in your own skin. Valerie loves her curves and embraces that. She’s got a tiny waist, incredible legs, she’s got some hips and a beautiful bust. The dress shows off her tiny waist and also shows all her curves in the right way. And it’s a great color!” For all the wedding details and the exclusive wedding album, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. –Elizabeth Leonard

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