To all the current brides-to-be, you guys are doing it tough. A global pandemic was never part of anyone’s plan, but if you’re at the planning stage then lift your spirits with some dress inspo.
Option paralysis can be a thing, but so is the joy of finding The Dress, so we've rounded up six of the best bridal designers in Auckland to help you on your way.
Kenny And Harlow
Yes, these are wedding dresses, but they’ve inherited the finest shapes and cuts throughout fashion history to make for some seriously stylish looks by Kenny and Harlow. We are obsessed with the sleekness of the Tea dress with a balloon sleeve—a nod to the feminine style that has existed across time, but being one-shouldered and silk satin makes for modern, pared back chic. The Yulia gown below is nothing short of stunning. Popping into the studio on Normanby Road also means you can round off a visit with a trip to Bloc across the road, and maybe even pick up a celebratory tipple at Sabato.
Walk through the pink doors, reminiscent of LA’s iconic Melrose Avenue, and you’ll have entered bridal heaven. If you want somewhere in our little slice of paradise that’s on the pulse of bridal trends globally, Trish Peng is your golden ticket. Two of her designs, the ‘Meghan’ and the ‘Markle,’ pay homage to the elegant and simply timeless styles made popular by the Duchess of Sussex. What’s more, having launched the world’s first reversible wedding dress collection, because the two-dress trend really is a thing, you no longer have to agonise over whether you’re into a plain or lace style. If you go for the deluxe custom bridal consultation with Trish you’ll really be on cloud nine, with you and your entourage being plied with goodies from Bluebells Cakery and sipping on Laurent Perrier Champagne. This is your one-stop shop for the full bridal experience, as you can browse everything from stationery to earrings for those special little details. South Islanders fear not as Trish Peng has stockists in Dunedin and Wanaka.
Rue De Seine
If you’re a free-spirited kind of gal, let the effortless bohemian style of the residents of Saint-Germain-des-Près inspire your gown with Rue de Seine. The flagship store is in Auckland, but you can try dresses on at retailers in Christchurch too if you’re based there (or perhaps if you have a bit of time on a getaway to the Garden City). We are loving the Golden Rhapsody collection, and the goddess vibe of the Gaia dress and the structured bodice of the Bakari dress and the astounding train of the lotus below are also worth special attention.
This label has been family owned and operated in Auckland for 60 years, so there’s a lovely sense of tradition about Vinka Design. If you’re after something unique that plays with texture, we are crushing on the beautiful beading and tulle of the Valentina dress from the Heart of Havana collection below. With ranges to choose from such as A Parisian Dream, Modern Muse and Secret Garden, you can take inspiration from life in designing or choosing your important dress. Vinka Design couldn’t be any handier either with its enviable possie on Queen Street.
Sometimes less really is more, and the gowns at Hayes Bridal make simplicity stunning. The gorgeous shapes of these dresses make for minimalistic elegance, and we love the fuss free vibe. You can even shop bottoms and tops for a relaxed ceremony or if you’re after a look for you reception. Take inspiration from brides who’ve had their dream dress through Hayes by browsing the brides section, and plan for a little coffee and shopping session when you go for your consultation at the Ponsonby studio on Jervois Road.
Dainty and delicate glamour is the vibe at Hera Couture—just check out the magical translucent hand-beaded cape sleeve on the Caccini dress below—you’re welcome. The Iconic collection is where it’s at, with beautiful silhouettes and detailing across the range. Though the flagship store is in Auckland, Hera Couture can be found at stockists in Whanganui, Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington too. The showroom is conveniently accessible on Karangahape Road, so there’s no shortage of consultory coffee shops if you’re taking friends or family.
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Image credit: Trish Peng