Anita made me the most beautiful wedding dress I could have ever asked for, and it was the most enjoyable and stress-free part of my entire wedding. Mum and I are genuinely going to miss our visits to ‘Vinka Design’, and I will be recommending her to all of my friends who are looking for an incredible wedding dress, with her incredible imported fabrics and exceptional craftsmanship. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing! I would do anything to repeat the entire experience again!! Thank you Anita. xxxx
I'm not sure I have the words to do justice to how amazing Anita and her team at Vinka Design are. I had heard stories about how stressful it could be finding the perfect wedding dress, but from the moment I stepped inside the studio and met Anita I knew I would be wearing a Vinka gown on my wedding day. The whole process was so easy right from the beginning; the hardest part was choosing a gown from the wonderful collection of designs made from exquisite fabrics and laces. Anita created the most beautiful wedding gown for me. The dress was so much better than I'd dreamed; it fit like a glove and I felt absolutely incredible wearing it. I lost count at the number of compliments received throughout the day about how gorgeous my dress was. I can't thank Anita and her talented ladies enough. If you are planning your special day, I would highly recommend a visit to Vinka Design - you won't regret it! -Karen
Thank you so much for making me the most stunning gown for my special day. It was so enjoyable working with you, mum and I had so much fun at each fitting. You made it such a simple process from start to finish. I knew my dress was the one thing I did not need to worry about! We tell evry new bride that they must come to Vinka! You ladies are so talented! Tim and I had the most incredible day - wish we could relive the whole day all over again!
Anita and Vinka Bridal are truely amazing! I came to them with less than 3 weeks till my wedding after having a dress made somewhere else which was a disaster and I was in panic mode. Anita made me the most beautiful dress, more beautiful than I could have imagined. It was so stress free and my appointments were so fun and full of laughter. I wish I had gone to Vinka straight away!!!! I can't recommend Anita highly enough. Thank you so so much! You are one talented woman!!
What can I say about Anita and her wonderful team at Vinka Design ... They are the only people in the world that made me relax while planning a wedding! They were extremely friendly and Anita's bubbly personality could make me go from crying my eyes out, thinking the world was ending to smiling and laughing hysterically! Any issues I had with ANY aspect of the wedding she was more than happy to talk through and offered a million ways to help solve whatever crisis I thought I was in. Now for the dress ... Omg I can't even begin to describe how breathtakingly beautiful my gown was. I must admit I thought I had done something terrible the day after I handed over my deposit to her for agreeing to buy a dress off a drawing. Multiple times ringing my mum in a panic! What if I didn't like it? What if Anita didn't understand what I wanted? I knew that Anita was the lady I wanted to make my dress after meeting her at the Bride and Groom show the year before and I should trust my instincts. Turns out my instincts were right and the dress was in INCREDIBLE! Just the right amount of volume, and the lace! Omg! The week before my final fitting we were still playing around with ideas and I decided I wanted something small coming off the shoulder and within 5 minutes we had our idea sorted, pinned onto the dress and Anita promised it would be done. Their craftsmanship is second to none! Would I recommend Anita and Vinka Design to anyone in the future? Absolutely. While their dresses are a little more than others, the process and manner in which they work is so relaxed and easy going, and don't stress because it will all be worth it! Who doesn't want to look their best on their wedding day? A perfectly customized couture gown from, in my opinion, the leading bridal designers in New Zealand. If my review can't convince you then make an appointment with Anita and see for yourself
WOW! How do I even put into words just how amazing my dress, experience and wedding day was, because of Anita and her team. My dress was simply perfect for me, and somehow Anita knew that. From day one she made me feel at ease trying on gowns I would not usually try, her team are so professional, yet passionate, warm and bubbly and you just can't help but enjoy being around them and feeling like the most beautiful woman and bride to be. I was so excited to be able to see the process of the dress being made, and appreciate the hard work these ladies put into it. The end result was so stunning and it was MINE. Everyone complimented me and my dress and I felt so GOOD. I would tell every bride to be to go see Anita!! Her dresses are like no other and they really are the most amazing people who want to see you find your perfect gown. THANK YOU!
All I can say is that I felt like such a princess on my wedding day. Everyone complimented my dress and two months later people still mention how gorgeous it was. After being overwhelmed with the style/fit of ready made dresses, Anita was such a breath of fresh air. While I myself had no clue what would suit my figure (other than saying "Make me look pretty!"), Anita had a vision from the first day - she knew straight away how to make me look gorgeous. Not only did Anita and her team do a flawless job throughout, but she also made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. She is definitely someone who you can have a laugh with - this was needed when we were getting close to the wedding day. Anita worked so hard on my dress and had to constantly make adjustments due to me losing weight. Overall I wish I could rate Vinka a 10 out of 5 as I was just so impressed and thrilled with the final outcome. You made such a masterpiece for me and it is something I will always treasure. I look forward to being able to pass it down to the next generation someday xx
Dear Anita and her wonderful team, Thank you for making me the happiest bride, not only on the day but at each and every fitting. One of my most special aspects of having a dress made was seeing the dress come to life. You made the process so enjoyable. There was not a stress in the world! Thank you for your wonderful sense of humour, kindness, and true passion for what you do. Stacey Paterson
Before I was even engaged I had planned out my dream wedding dress in my head. After hearing my mum rave about 'Vinka Design' I made an appointment with Anita immediately and from the moment I stepped into her studio I knew my dream dress would be a reality. I cannot recommend Anita and her team enough. You ladies went the extra mile for me hand stitching every single flower onto the most perfect piece of lace .. and then stitching even MORE when I asked for it. I never heard the word "No" or "I cant" you created the most perfect gown for my day and I felt like a powerful, beautiful "I can do anything" Bride. As stressful as weddings can be my wedding dress was the last thing on my mind because I knew I was in more than capable hands. Thank you Anita for being so warm and funny and welcoming, making all the awkward niggly fittings a piece of cake and getting every last bit of fabric to flow. I am obsessed with my dress, I wish I could wear it again! thank you thank you thank you! - Candice xoxo
Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful dress for my wedding, it was absolutely stunning and I loved the whole process of having it made after being quite anti from a previous experience of having a dress made. The dress made me feel a million bucks and I just wish I could wear it again!!
Wow what an amazing experience. My dress is beyond anything I could of dreamed of. I knew I wanted a bespoke gown but wasn't fully aware of all that it entailed. Anita ensured every contour of my body was measured to ensure that every aspect of the dress was complimentary. I have never received so many compliments or felt more beautiful in my life. It is definitely an experience every bride should have. I never felt stressed about my dress and again words can not fully convey the true beauty of this dress, it will be cherished forever.
The talented team and Vinka Design will help you create a very special dress for your big day. Stress free, collaborative and full of creative ideas nothing was too hard for these ladies. The masterpiece I walked out with made me feel stunning and incredibly special. There really are no words, and I can't say THANK YOU enough. An absolute must stop by when looking for someone you can count on to make you look your best.
I cannot recommend Vinka Design enough! Anita and her team made me my absolute dream wedding gown. With first going to Vinka Design, knowing I wanted a N.Z made gown and then going to look at a few other places I decided to go with my first... I cannot recommend Vinka Design enough! Anita and her team made me my absolute dream wedding gown. With first going to Vinka Design, knowing I wanted a N.Z made gown and then going to look at a few other places I decided to go with my first instinct and have a bespoke gown designed by Vinka Design. Every single gown in the shop was just stunning and a real inspiration it was so hard to choose, but with the help from Anita I got myself the most beautiful gown of all. Thank you all so much, I felt like the most beautiful bride...I had people asking me where it was from as it was just gorgeous. I can't stop looking at it and just want to wear it all over again. Anita made the process all so easy and she really knows what she is talking about which was so helpful.
I visited the team at Vinka after having already purchased a wedding dress which I was having serious doubts about. Despite knowing that I already had a dress (and the purchase of a second was probably unlikely), they had all the time in the world for me. Like all their work, the dress which they ended up designing was stunning, and even better than I had imagined. I absolutely loved it. During the fitting process I found out I was pregnant; Anita took this in her stride and dealt with my changing shape in such a considerate and understanding manner with not a hint of frustration. I could not recommend Anita and her team more highly; their attention to detail and passion for the dresses they design and make is second to none.
Anita has done a fantastic job for my day! I always wanted a beautiful and special elegant dress for my day and the moment I stepped into her store she knew what was the best for me. I love the lower back and cape she has created for me. Cape style was definitely one of my and Anita's unique taste. Our fitting time always filled up with laughs and I totally enjoyed it. Highly recommend her exceptional and professional service to all the brides who are looking for the perfect dress of your special day!
The stunning bespoke dress you made me gave me the confidence to walk down the aisle & marry my soulmate... thank you, thank you THANK YOU!
Anita and the team at Vinka created me the most gorgeous wedding dress. I arrived at Anita's studio having no idea what kind of dress I wanted, and I left that day full of excitement as she created the perfect gown design for me. The service we received at Vinka was excellent and I would absolutely recommend seeing them if you're after a truly personalized design and creation experience, I will treasure this dress forever! Thank you!
Wedding dress shopping can be SO OVERWHELMING. Especially if you are not a happy dress shopper at the best of times. But with Anita and her team of very talented dress makers (the word doesn't do justice to their art) I felt immediately at ease and knew that they would help me chose the perfect dress for me, that I wouldn't feel frumpy or ridiculous. Anita listened to what I needed for the day, and designed something beyond what I could have imagined. The fittings were painless and stress-free. And to see the look on my husband-to-be's face when I walked down those stairs on the day ... I knew that Anita and her wonderful team had helped me with the perfect dress. There's also something special about knowing that your dress was made JUST FOR YOU. I never went anywhere else after my first visit to Vinka Bridal.
What an amazing dress you created for me! When I was on my initial dress search I felt a bit overwhelmed by all the different shops, options, designers and recommendations and was really worried I wouldn't find something perfect for my day. But when I walked into your shop didn't feel pressured and you were so helpful! Loved the final result and had so many comments on what a beautiful stunning dress it was on the day! Thanks so much Anita, totally recommended you to everyone!! x
After visiting at least a dozen bridal shops and trying on countless dresses, Anita at Vinka was exactly what I needed. Her exquisite gowns were beautifully crafted and she reassured me that whichever one I chose would fit me perfectly. It was a huge weight off knowing that there was a true professional taking care of my dress and making sure I looked my best. Worth every penny. Thanks Anita!
I could not have wished for more from Anita and her talented dress making team. My dress was handmade to fit my body and the design adjusted to suit my personal preferences. You will feel amazing walking the aisle in a Vinka dress. Thank you!
I absolutely loved my dress and it was so amazing to wear on the day. Thank you for all your time and expertise.
Thanks so much Anita, I loved working with you. I found it hard to find a dress that was 'me' until I walked into Vinka- so many gorgeous unique dresses. I highly recommend you to all brides.
Anita, I cannot thank you and your team enough for your dedication to these gorgeous dresses. You made sure I had a perfect custom dress even though I was organising my wedding from Sydney. What you managed to achieve in that last week was amazing! Thanks for bringing my vision to life. Your enthusiastic and helpful manner was so appreciated.
Thank you so very much for my amazing wedding dress! I felt so beautiful! The cut, and fabric was perfect. A slight breeze on the day really brought the dress to life. I received so many compliments and couldn't have been happier with your design and level of service. The whole process was a breeze and you really were able to capture what I wanted. You made me feel special and beautiful at every fitting and especially on my wedding day! Thank you again for everything. It was an absolute pleasure working with you!
Thank you so much for making my beautiful 'dream dress'!! I had so many lovely compliments, I really felt like a million dollars!! Big thanks to you and your team for all your hard work.
Dear Anita and Team, We just want to send a massive thanks for all your incredible work and time you put in to making me the most adorable dream wedding dress. I have never felt so happy, so amazing and special as I did on my wedding day. You all did an amazing job for me and I don't know what I would have done without you!
Thank you so much for creating my dream wedding dress. You made the whole process really exciting and stress-free. It was so nice to know that someone I trusted completely was making my dress and I had no doubts that you would create something that I would love. I felt so happy to wear it on my big day.
Finding a wedding dress for some is a young woman's dream, for others it's about unifying a lifetime commitment in the most desired of gowns, and for those like myself, it's about searching for the ultimate fashionistas of all bridal fashionistas in producing a statement piece to lure and captivate the attention that surrounds you in reclaiming your voice and intellectual prowess as a woman. Vinka Design is New Zealand's very own Vera Wang, Christian Dior and Elie Saab intertwined in the one. The brainchild behind the most expensive garment I'll ever possess is remarkably indulgent in her creativity and thus, stunningly adorns the embodiment of womanhood through her designs. Thank you Anita, for reinstating who I was before I claimed the label of a mother, and for curating the most beautiful bridal gown I've ever feast my eyes upon.
There are no words! You created the most stunning gown for me - it was an honour to wear it, I felt so gorgeous and your collective workmanship was exceptional!! It has been a pleasure getting to know you Anita and I'm happy to now call you a friend!
Dearest Anita, Ghada and Sanet, thank you so very much for the most stunningly beautiful gown I could have ever dreamt of! I felt like an absolute princess and loved every minute I spent with you all during the process! You are such a talented team and I miss you all big time! So happy I chose to come to Vinka!
Dear Anita, a huge thank you to you and your team for creating my fabulous wedding dress. It was exactly what I wanted and I felt like a princess the entire day. I swished the train to my heart's content that day!!
Dear Anita, I really don't know how to thank you enough. You created my dream wedding dress and made the whole process so enjoyable also!! I felt perfect in the dress and LOVED wearing it - I got a bit sad taking it off knowing I wouldn't be wearing it again. You are truly amazing and a wizard at what you do - you do so much more than create amazing dresses - making brides feel amazing is priceless!
Anita, thank you so much for my dress. I loved it and am so pleased with how I looked on the day and in my photos. My family and I enjoyed working with you. It was good relaxing and having a laugh with you but most of all we were relieved we found someone we could trust and deliver exactly what we wanted. Once again thank you so very much.
Thank you so so much for your beautiful work, I felt amazing and everyone was completely wowed by the dress 🙂 It could not have been more perfect! And we had the most magical day, I have never felt so relaxed in my life!
We had the best day of our lives on Saturday, all in the dress you made me. It was absolutely incredible, superseded expectations, and I had so many incredible comments from people. I LOVE it. I loved it from day one, and my love grew for it so much over the course of you making it. You were absolutely heavenly to work with, and such a pleasure. I wish I was going through the process again!
The minute I walked into Vinka design I knew I had to have my dress from there, the store is full of an amazing range of beautiful dresses made from exquisite materials.
Anita and her team take such care and attention taken to each individual gown. Anita is patient and encouragin g and helps you find the dress best suited to your style of wedding and body shape.
I can only describe the dress Anita picked for me as ‘the goddess gown’. I knew the minute I put it on that it was the dress for me. The silk flowed like water. I felt like the most beautiful woman in the world the minute I put it on. It’s timeless, classic and elegant. When I walked down the aisle I felt graceful, confident and beautiful. My husband couldn’t keep his eyes off me! The dress is so effortlessly beautiful. I cannot thank Anita and the Vinka team enough for the wonderful experience I had shopping for my dress. She made the whole experience fun, exciting and easy. The service is impeccable, the gowns are truly magnificent. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making the dress of my dreams!
I was lucky enough to meet Anita a few years back when my twin sister was getting married, who ended up with an amazing dress that looked perfect on her! So when it was my turn I knew I wouldn’t be going anywhere else for my dress :). Thank you so much Anita for being so amazing and helping me find the perfect dress. You have been so attentive and really made the whole experience very special. I’m still getting comments about the dress, and you were right… Dan loved it! :D.Thanks again, I’ll be sure to recommend everyone to come see you!
Dear Anita and Co, Thank you so much for making the most beautiful gown for me. I truly felt amazing. Right from the minute I walked into your salon on that very first day, you made me feel very special and at ease, which I truly appreciate. I will make sure future brides know to come to you so I can continue to visit! Love Cathryn Bradly
You are so incredibly talented and I am lucky and thankful to have found you! My dress is better than I ever thought it could be… I want to wear it every day! You were always friendly and helpful and I felt like you were one my friends joining me on the whole experience. It’s a shame you only get married once because I would love to work with you again!
I knew from day one when I attended the wedding show in Auckland 2 years ago that I wanted Vinka to make my wedding dress. It was truly everything I dreamed of and more. When I walked down the aisle on March the 14th I have never felt so beautiful than I did. My husbands first comment was how stunning I looked and he loved my dress.
A final and enormous thank you for my INCREDIBLE gown-a labour of love from start to finish; and a completely special creation. It really was the key centrepiece and -talking point of the whole on the day-affair (and, secretly, my favourite element of the entire affair!) I felt like a princess. Thank you for your wisdom, lightness, humour, patience and consummate professionalism: I cannot sing your praises more highly.
As soon as I walked into Vinka Design it was like a dream come true, surrounded by the most gorgeous gowns, fabrics, jewellery & rows of photos of real Vinka Brides, I knew this bridal boutique was the one. Being greeted by fabulous Anita was amazing, she made me feel so special her warmth and enthusiasm radiating. I brought a picture of a Vinka Bridal dress I saw in a magazine that I had fallen in love with. Anita she said she would make it for me so it suited my shape and I could then add anything I wanted to it. Anita is very professional, talented and so lovely. I felt so happy. I chose a lace bodice and flowing tulle organza skirt, it was a dress I have dreamed about since I was young it was beautifully crafted, romantic and perfect for me and our day. Wish I could re-live the whole experience all over again! Thank you Anita and team for making me feel like a princess. Polly Clague x
I had spent three days in Auckland searching for a wedding dress. I’d found dresses that I ‘liked’ but none that I ‘loved’. I arrived at Vinka Bridal stressed, tired, and disappointed. When I entered Vinka Design I saw the most amazing wedding gowns on display. Anita easily understood both what I wanted and what would suit me. Her attention to detail was amazing as was her dedication to getting the perfect fit. I was so delighted with my dress. A huge Thank You to Anita and her team at Vinka Design for creating my perfect dress!
From the moment I met Anita and saw the exquisite gowns, I knew I would be good in hands. Anita goes out of her way to make you feel comfortable, along with her eye for detail and experience, I had no doubt that she would deliver a beautiful dress. In the end, Anita and the team not only created a stunning wedding dress, but also exceeded my expectations. It was all that I dreamed and more. Thanks to the team at Vinka – you’ve made one newlywed a very happy lady.
Hi Anita! Firstly I wanted to say a HUGE thanks for my gorgeous, amazing wedding dress. It really was spectacular and people are still talking about it! I've had so many people who attended the wedding saying it was the loveliest dress that'd ever seen 🙂 Photographer: Danelle Bohane
Dear Anita and team, Thanks so much for crafting such a beautiful wedding dress for me on my big day. How you take measurements and work up a gown is beyond me - what an art! The dress fitted perfectly (of course) and was a pleasure to wear. I received so many compliments on the beautiful lace and amazing detail in the bodice. Thanks again Ursla
We were all so happy with how perfectly the wedding went! Dad walked me down the aisle, and Thomas had the most touching reaction to seeing me walk down in my beautiful gown - seeing him cry with happiness made me and my dad so emotional that we got teary too! So many people commented on how beautiful the gown was, I truly felt like a princess that day, thank you so much! Having a Vinka gown was definitely one of the best decisions I made for the wedding!
When I first started looking for a gown I had no idea what I was after, I had been to a few bridal shops before I visited Vinka Design and nothing could compare to the service I received and the quality of the dresses. Thank you so much Anita, you made my dress process so easy and I never once stressed over anything involving my dress. I felt amazing and received so many compliments, I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect gown.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you again for creating my beautiful wedding dress. It was an awesome day (despite the rain!) and the dress was a complete delight to wear - I felt amazing in it and received so many compliments. Your attention to detail and passion for what you do made the whole process so much more enjoyable and put me at ease, and was much appreciated.
Thank you so much for making my stunning wedding gown. I absolutely love it and it is everything I wanted and more. I felt so beautiful on my special day and it fit so perfectly. I was given some amazing comments on my dress from our family and guests and even our videographers made special mention of my dress and how well it fit me. This was truly only achieved by having the dress made to measure for my body. From the first meeting at Vinka I just knew this was where I would get my dress from, you were so welcoming, friendly and heaps of fun. I enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish and you made each fitting so quick and easy. It is so special knowing you have a dress that is totally unique, designed just for you and that you know no one will find anywhere else. Thanks again and for making my dream come true of feeling gorgeous and amazing on my wedding day.
Dear Anita, This comes especially for you with the warmest thanks for making me such a beautiful wedding dress. From the very first time I met you, I felt comfortable and excited for you to make me something special. The fact that I had so many people giving me compliments made me even more comfortable and I felt so beautiful. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Best Regards,Linda
BRIDE & GROOM: Kristy & Duane. I am so thankful to Anita & the team at Vinka for creating my amazing wedding gown! Vinka was the first boutique I visited & I knew immediately I wanted a Vinka gown. The whole process, from the initial consultation through to fittings & creating the final design was an absolute pleasure & the most stress free part of the wedding planning! Anita was able to take my ideas and translate them into the perfect dress for me, wearing it on my wedding day was so special & I will treasure my gown always!
Working with Anita at Vinka design was a truly great experience. From the moment I saw my dress I knew it was the one. Anita made me feel nothing but spectacular, right from the original concept through to the final design. Everything about dealing with her made me feel like an absolute princess and that there was nothing that could happen on the day that could take away from that magical feeling. Anita is truly passionate about what she does and it shows throughout every part of her work, right down to the smallest of details. My finished dress was more than I could have ever asked for and what the team at Vinka Design created was nothing short of amazing. I would like to thank the team for all of the work they put in to making my dress unique to me, I loved it. I would most definitely recommend Vinka Design for anyone wanting a dress made with love, just for them.
From the moment I walked through that door into such a pretty shop; my experience with Vinka Design and namely Anita was magical. Anita makes you feel like you are the only Bride in the world, but at the same time like you are in the safest hands with all her experience, patience and energy. Your dress is one of the biggest decisions of a wedding; and Anita walked me through every step. Her incredible skill with fine lace work was what really attracted me to a Vinka Design, and I loved the way she made my mother feel like she was super special and part of the process. My wedding day was amazing; and my dress was everything I had ever hoped for! Thank you Anita! I would recommend Vinka Design to anyone! Elise Walker
Friday 14th March, I walked down the isle in a Vinka Dress. The Woman who runs the venue we got married at said "I have been in the wedding industry for 6 years now, and this is by far the most amazing dress I have ever seen" I got this comment all night long! " Hands down the best dress ever!" And my Husband LOVED IT! So Ladies, if you want to blow your guests away with your gown... wear Vinka! you won’t be disappointed!!! Photography by Mark McKeown and Suzanne Todd-McKeown / Musae Studios .
Dear Anita and Vinka Team, I can’t thank you enough for making my wedding dress dreams come true!! You and your teamwork miracles and I couldn’t have been happier. Everyone commented on how stunning the dress was (and just quietly, had friends say it gets “the best dress” status from one’s they’ve seen). Thank you for your patience and assistance in finding what I wanted and helping me to bring that vision to life. Love Steph and Paul xx Photographer . Blair Quax.
Thank you for creating the most beautiful dress I have ever worn! I normally hate dresses, and was not looking forward to finding a wedding dress but you made the whole experience easy and enjoyable and the dress was everything I could have ever wished for! Thanks for all your hard work and for putting up with my foul mouthed bridesmaids! I will definitely be recommending Vinka to my friends and family.
Thank you for making the process of choosing, designing, creating, and wearing my wedding dress SO amazing! From the moment I met you I felt in very good hands and at ease. Your advice about the dress styles, fabrics and accessories was spot on and so appreciated. I enjoyed every fitting and had absolute faith you were going to deliver the perfect dress, which fitted so beautifully, with no stress. I was right!
A huge thank you for all your love, patience, hard work and care you put into creating my wedding gown. We had the most amazing day and a huge part of it was down to you. Working with you put me at ease as soon as I walked in. Was sad to walk out of Vinka with the dress, but over the moon with how incredible the dress was, and how the team at Vinka made the whole experience.
Thank you so much Anita for all of the time and effort you spent on making me my perfect dress. It was more beautiful than I could have possibly imagined, I felt like a complete princess wearing it! I loved how you encouraged me to make choices and decisions of my own yet at the same time gave me direction when I needed it, and it was lovely to be told how hot I looked every time I visited – great for my self-esteem!! The whole process with you was incredibly easy. I am still getting comments on my dress months after the wedding. I will cherish my dress for the rest of my life!
At the very start of our engagement I was googling images of wedding dresses and, not being a very good ‘girl‘, I had no idea what I was looking for. However, a specific dress soon caught my eye. It was not only simple, elegant and - in my mind - perfect but also meant to be as I realized that the incredible designer and maker of this dress was only two hours north! I quickly phoned Vinka Design and the beautiful Anita told me that not only could I have that dress... but she could make it even better and uniquely suited for me! I had no clue how anything further than dialing the number worked but she patiently answered my numerous and, no doubt repetitive, questions made me more excited than I ever thought it would be possible to be over a piece of clothing and calmed my fears- all over the phone before we had even met! The process from here was streamlined and, amazingly, fun! She helped me to understand the dress and what would work for my body and, after our first meeting, fully understood not only what I wanted but also what I needed and designed (and created) the most beautiful dress for me... I don‘t think I have ever felt as beautiful as I did trying that dress on during fittings and on our special day and I don‘t know if I ever will. Anita and Vinka Designs helped me to stand next to my handsome husband and feel like I was someone he could be proud of; a feeling that is truly priceless. I do not believe that any other dress could have done this. Anita has a incredible understanding of people and my dress is a true reflection of that. Thank you so much for making dreams I didn‘t even know I had come true!! Photographer: Al Ronberg from Ronberg Creative.
Dear Anita and the team at Vinka DesignThank you so much for creating my dream wedding gown. It was absolutely exquisite and so fun to wear. The time and effort you put in to making sure everything was just right was second to none. I‘ve had so many compliments on the elegant style, intricate fabric and perfect fit. I would definitely recommend Vinka Design for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! Many thanks again Anita. PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve and Ben from one2one photography in Hamilton.
Dear Anita, Thank you for making me the most exquisite dress – I just love the lace and feel sad it will only be worn once – I may try to frame it!We had a wonderful day and I felt great in the dress after an awful start to the week. Dancing in it was a highlight!Many thanks again for all your hard work on such a beautiful garment – Much love,Annabelle
To Anita & all the team at Vinka DesignI can‘t thank you enough for creating my wedding gown! I loved how easily you were able to transform the ideas I had into a beautiful design on paper and an even more beautiful gown in person. I am so appreciative of how much work you put in to constructing a gown to completely flatter my figure too. You have a gorgeous eye for detail and were extremely patient with my indecision and all the details I hoping for. You were so much fun to work with, always warm, happy and rearing to go. I think my whole family met you at some stage along the process and they all thought you were amazing! All the trips up from the Hawkes Bay were definitely worth it.Thanks once again. Best wishes, Lindsay X PHOTOGRAPHER: Lydia Arnold under Kate Robinson photography .
Dearest Anita, Thank-you so much for helping me create the wedding dress of my dreams. Your gentle guidance and expertise in dress design was exactly what I needed considering how indecisive I am. My mum and I had so much fun working with you – an experience I will always treasure. We had lots of laughs together and I will never forget some of the things you said!! Thank you for being so patient and understanding of my requests too.My wedding was a magical day and I wish I could press rewind and do it all over again.Thank you Anita!Love, Nicky
Dear Anita and staff, My experience at your wonderful store was truly amazing! A wedding dress is one of the most important parts of the celebration because all eyes are on the bride, and I can say with absolute confidence that I felt absolutely amazing in my gorgeous gown that you created, I felt like a princess!From the moment that I walked in I was truly impressed by your professionalism, warmth and attitude. It made me feel extremely confidant in my choice to go with a Vinka design, and it was one aspect of the wedding that I wasn’t worried about at all. It was such a pleasure working with you and seeing it all come together, I got more excited every time I visited from Hamilton. I was a beautiful bride and your stunning design helped me be that beautiful bride. Again, thank you so much for making this special time one I will remember always and for helping me make my wedding day a real life fairy tale! Many thanks, Emma Robinson. Bruce Lim from Bruce Lim Photography
Hi Anita and team, The wedding day was perfect, couldn‘t have wished for better! And of course so many wonderful compliments on my gorgeous dress! It was so comfortable to wear for the entire day, I couldn‘t wait to put it on when we were getting ready in the morning! You listened to exactly what I wanted but the finished product far exceeded my expectations. I don‘t know what else to say except THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!-Liz PHOTOGRAPHY: Tandem Photography
Wow- what girl can walk into a bridal designer for a consultation and try on the first gown and its perfect! That was my experience. Anita made me feel like I was special, had such in depth knowledge, offered hints along the journey to complete a perfect day. Every visit for a fitting was relaxed, fun and stress-free. I wanted my dress to be a complete surprise to my bridal party so replied solely on Anita and her team for their guidance and suggestions. They certainly did not disappoint. I have received so many compliments on my dress. It is a decision I would encourage all perspective brides to undertake. You certainly won’t be disappointed. PHOTOGRAPHER: Frederick Muller Photographer
Dear Anita and Ghada,Thank you from the bottom of my heart for my absolutely beautiful gown! I know how hard you worked to get it perfect and I had so many comments about how well it fitted and it’s all thanks to you both. It is exactly what I wanted and I will be forever grateful for everything you did. I definitely miss the visits to you in Auckland but enjoying married life. We had the most amazing day. Love Megan
As with most brides, when I got engaged the first thing I looked for was the dress! Of course the all important dress! I wasn’t sure what I wanted when I first began to look but when I walked into Vinka Design I knew within minutes that I was in the right place, the stunning designs, the incredibly beautiful fabrics and the immaculately perfect stitching and construction, I was in heaven! And when I looked at the price tags I was very pleasantly surprised, almost shocked at how reasonable the prices were. Anita was amazing to deal with, she was honest and flexible and I was very pleased that at the last minute she talked me into the beautiful full length veil with the tiniest little crystals sprinkled on it that she had put down the runway at fashion week the month before, it really did finish the look off beautifully. So beautifully that on the day, once I finally took it off, all the women lined up to try it on!! To this day I absolutely adore the dress she made for me, the incredible detail, the way it fit and moved with me, how completely flattering it was to my skin tone and figure and of course the fact that there is and only ever will be one of them!Thank you so much for making me feel so beautiful on such a special day x
Dear Anita,I can‘t thank you enough for creating my dream wedding dress. It was just as I had imagined, so thank you for bringing it to life! There were many compliments passed around on the day thanks in large part to you and your team.You were such a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process, always taking the time to talk me through things and making sure I was happy. You were truly a reassuring and grounding presence in the lead up to our wedding day.-Hannah PHOTOGRAPHER: Williams Photoygraphy
To Anita, Garda and the rest of the team at Vinka Design, Thank you so much for creating the dress of my dreams. From the moment I met Anita at the wedding expo I knew I had to have my wedding dress from Vinka Designs. Right from the initial consult through to the end, I enjoyed the experience of seeing the custom design come to life. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Whilst my dress posed some unique challenges the team worked through them and the end result was stunning. I truly appreciated the attention to detail. My dress was a real show stopper, everyone loved it. It was everything I envisioned it to be and so much more. Our wedding day was the happiest day of our lives. Thank you for being part of our special day. Kind regards Shaakira Essop
Hi Anita,Thank you so much for my amazing dress, it was perfect on the day and I had so many comments about how amazing it was! You were great to work with throughout the lead up to our wedding as well, you made the whole process fun and stress-free. Our wedding day was amazing, the sun was shining in Nelson, not a cloud in the sky! Everything went to plan which was great and there was a lot of laughs, tears of happiness and many wonderful memories for us to have forever!Thanks again for all of you hard work with my dress. I really appreciate it!-Missie
I had an amazing experience buying my wedding gown through Vinka design. Anita looked after my Mum and I through the whole process and was attentive, imaginative, hilarious and most importantly warm and encouraging. When you are choosing your gown you want someone beside you who is going to help navigate you to the most perfect dress that expresses your uniqueness, I totally had this experience at Vinka design. My dress was a masterpiece and wearing it made me feel stunning and gorgeous. Thank you so much to the Vinka story and it‘s part in bridal gown artistry.
Anita is an amazing talent, she has the eye and knowledge for helping you find the perfect dress. I am fashion illiterate and walked into her boutique clueless as to what I wanted. Anita helped me find something that suited my figure, made me feel comfortable and really was so special that I didn‘t want to take it off! I am still receiving compliments on the gorgeous wedding dress that Anita designed and I‘m so happy that we made the decision to go with Vinka design, it is a decision no bride would regret.
Dearest Anita, thank you so much for making me the wedding gown of my dreams. It was so beautiful and I felt like an absolute princess in it, really made the day! You made the process so fun and stress free and the end result was just perfect. It was worth every tear Johan shed when he saw me walk down the aisle! All the bestNicky
Hi Anita, I‘ve received the first few photos back from our wedding. It was just a wonderful day and I felt just amazing in my dress. Just perfect. Leigh was floored and I had so many comments about the dress - the Wedding Planner even told me that she has seen a lot of designer dresses over her career, but nothing she‘s liked more 🙂 The veil was a huge hit with the photographer - sheer and floaty and looks great in the photos. Thanks again for an amazing gown.
Dear Anita and the team at Vinka Design, Thank you so much for creating my dream wedding dress. It was everything I had imagined and I felt so stunning (and comfortable) in it. Our day was absolutely perfect and you were definitely a part of making that happen. I had a good feeling about you when I forst met you Anita, and my instinct wasn‘t wrong. You are wonderful! Thank you! -Alex Waterson
Thank you so much for my beautiful dress. I felt amazing in it, and had so many wonderful comments about it. Scott loved it and said perfect fit! It was so comfortable and very light and made me feel like a princess! Thank you again for my making my dream dress come true.-Brooke
When I booked my initial consultation with Vinka Bridal I was becoming what you might term a frazzled bride. With three months to turn around my dream wedding I was conscious of the fact that that was probably not quite long enough for your standard bridal boutique and I was probably looking at a dress that didn’t quite live up to my imaginations expectations. Luckily for me Vinka Bridal are not your standard bridal boutique. And the finished product? I can never express how pleased I was with it not to mention how in awe I still am of you wonderfully talented ladies and the way you turned a bolt of lace into a stunning classic wedding gown. I had so many comments about the dress on the day and have had countless compliments on it when showing off my wedding photos. Definitely everything that I wanted and more. I cant recommend Vinka Bridal enough, from consultation to the beautifully finished product my experience was amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you so much for creating my gorgeous wedding gown. Even now when I take a peak at it I‘m amazed by the amount of detail, skill and effort that has gone into it. Creating my gown was a fun and easy process - I arrived for my consultation with Anita with almost no idea of what I wanted (other than a dress that reflected me and not the trend of the season) and walked out with a sketch of my custom designed dress complete with fabric samples. I was given as much or as little input into the gown as I wanted. This meant that I could make decisions on the aspects that meant a lot to me, but also feel confident that you would take care of the rest. The final result was a one of a kind gown that truly reflected me - a perfect balance of ‘stunning‘ with a contemporary twist. And of course my husband absolutely loved it! Your talent and service is exceptional and anyone who wants to wear a personalised and memorable gown on their wedding day needs to visit Vinka Brides. -Marilyn